Academics are farmers and intellectuals are hunters - and the hunters may be the future of the liberal arts
, writes Jack Miles
In 2003, the New York Times published a lengthy article by Lisa Belkin about women who were choosing to leave the workforce to be stay-at-home moms: The Opt-Out Generation
. In the the last ten years, the article's conclusions regarding upper-middle-class women's choices about work and motherhood have been debated
, and defended
. It's been noted
by many that "most mothers have to work to make ends meet but the press writes mostly about the elite few who don’t
." Ms. Belkin's piece also never mentioned what what a disaster divorce or the death of a spouse can create
for dependent women in such situations. After a decade, the Times is revisiting the topic: The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In
Why would a liberal education, the deeper acquaintance with a number of diverse modes of symbolic production, enhance our freedom?
University of Chicago sociology professor Andreas Glaeser
, in his 2005 Aims of Education Address
to incoming students, muses: How About Becoming a Poet?
Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Music Dance Culture
is the first peer-reviewed scholarly journal for promulgating interdisciplinary research concerning all aspects of electronic dance music culture. [more inside]
Science vs. Religion:
a new book, Science and Religion: What Scientists Really Think
by Rice University sociologist Elaine Ecklund, discusses the results of her detailed study
of 1,646 scientists at top American research universities. Among her findings: ~36% of those surveyed not only believe in God but also practice a form of closeted, often non-traditional faith. They worry about how their peers would react to learning about their religious views.
Interview with the author from the Center for Inquiry
's Point of Inquiry podcast
. Also, here's a webcast
from an author discussion forum held at Rice University on April 7th. [more inside]
The 'Acting White' Myth.
When smart black kids try hard and do well, they are picked on by their less successful peers for 'acting white.' But it isn't true.