Patricia Williams ~ Anti-Intellectualism Is Taking Over The US


CriticalRecently, I found out that my work is mentioned in a book that has been banned, in effect, from the schools in Tucson, Arizona. The anti-ethnic studies law passed by the state prohibits teachings that “promote the overthrow of the United States government,” “promote resentment toward a race or class of people,” “are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group,” and/or “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.” I invite you to read the book in question, titled Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, so that you can decide for yourselves whether it qualifies.

In fact, I invite you to take on as your summer reading the astonishingly lengthy list of books that have been removed from the Tucson public school system as part of this wholesale elimination of the Mexican-American studies curriculum. The authors and editors include Isabel Allende, Junot Díaz, Jonathan Kozol, Rudolfo Anaya, bell hooks, Sandra Cisneros, James Baldwin, Howard Zinn, Rodolfo Acuña, Ronald Takaki, Jerome Skolnick and Gloria Anzaldúa. Even Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience and Shakespeare’s The Tempest received the hatchet.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/anti-intellectualism-us-book-banning

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Stephanie Kitchen ~ Guest blog: ‘Publish Or Perish In African Studies: New Ways To Valorize Research


publish-or-perish11The well attended panel (with standing room only) raised a number of salient points and debates about publishing in Africa and African Studies. Hartmut Bergenthum introduced the panel that aimed to bring together academics, publishers and librarians to discuss the changes from traditional (print) to new (digital) publishing models and how they are used to support and valorize research.

Jos Damen (ASC, Leiden) helpfully identified the main current models of journal publication. Journals are funded by (i) subscriptions, (ii) organizations and institutions, or (iii) are open access funded by authors; or else they are a hybrid of these models. Looking at the top ten journals in African Studies as measured by Impact Factor, it is noticeable that only one of these is fully open access – Africa Spectrum, funded by the German GIGA Institute of African Affairs.

Read more: https://tondietz.wordpress.com/publish-or-perish

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Michael Eric Dyson ~ Think Out Loud. An Emerging Black Digital Intelligentsia Has Embraced Online Technology To Change American Ideas


bulbTWENTY YEARS AGO, less than two years after I’d received my doctorate in religion from Princeton, I appeared with Cornel WestDerrick Bell, and bell hooks in an illustration accompanying an article in The New Yorker about the rise of a new generation of black public intellectuals. Those were heady times. “A new African American intelligentsia has become part of this country’s cultural landscape,” wrote literary scholar Michael Bérubé. “It’s a development as noticeable as the ascendancy of the New York intellectuals after the Second World War.”
The comparison was apt. Like the New York intellectuals, we had come to prominence as a group, our race a defining feature of identification and struggle in the same way that their Jewishness had supplied inspiration and subject matter. Many New York intellectuals were leftists searching for a Marxist and anti-Stalinist alternative to Soviet communism; many black public intellectuals were also leftists, who grappled with the enchanting, if insular, siege of black nationalism while combating the unheroic ubiquity of  white supremacy.

Read more: http://www.newrepublic.com/think-out-loud

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Patricia Faasse & Barend van der Meulen ~ Voor iedereen een universiteit


studentenHet huidige Nederlandse systeem met dertien universiteiten, die allemaal hetzelfde doen en willen, heeft zijn langste tijd gehad. Het wordt tijd voor een omslag van ‘een universiteit voor iedereen’, naar ‘iedereen zijn universiteit.’ Dat stellen Patricia Faasse en Barend van der Meulen van het Rathenau Instituut, in een essay over de toekomst van de universiteiten.

Het rommelt, bromt en stormt aan de universiteit. Dat is misschien van alle tijden, maar de afgelopen jaren was de kritiek hevig en kwam ze opeens van alle kanten tegelijk. Van binnenuit, door onderzoekers, die meenden dat de universiteiten zich teveel met zichzelf en rankings bezig hielden en te weinig met maatschappelijk relevant onderzoek. Van buitenaf, door werkgeversvereniging VNO-NCW en de toenmalige minister van Economische Zaken Maxime Verhagen, die vonden dat de universiteiten hun onderzoek meer moesten afstemmen op de Nederlandse industrie. Van adviseurs, die vonden dat het hoger onderwijs te homogeen was en meer ruimte moest laten voor differentiatie en ambitie. Van studenten, die het rendementsdenken aan de kaak stelden en pleitten voor meer aandacht voor echte kwaliteit en voor meer inspraak. En vanuit het buitenland: daar vinden dezelfde discussies plaats. Kortom, niemand lijkt nog tevreden met één van de oudste instituties van onze samenleving.

Wat is er aan de hand? Waarom staat de universiteit zo ter discussie?

Lees verder: https://rathenaunl.wordpress.com/voor-iedereen-een-universiteit/

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Adele Thomas ~ Forget Plagiarism: There’s A New And Bigger Threat To Academic Integrity


CompKeyboardAcademic plagiarism is no longer just sloppy “cut and paste” jobs or students cribbing large chunks of an assignment from a friend’s earlier essay on the same topic. These days, students can simply visit any of a number of paper or essay mills that litter the internet and buy a completed assignment to present as their own.
These shadowy businesses are not going away anytime soon. Paper mills can’t be easily policed or shut down by legislation. And there’s a trickier issue at play here: they provide a service that an alarming number of students will happily use.
Managing this newest form of academic deceit will require hard work from established academia and a renewed commitment to integrity from university communities.

‘Shadow scholar’
In November 2010, the Chronicle of Higher Education published an article that rocked the academic world. Its anonymous author confessed to having written more than 5 000 pages of scholarly work a year on behalf of university students. Ethics was among the many issues this author had tackled for clients.

The practice continues five years on. At a  conference about plagiarism held in the Czech Republic in June 2015, one speaker revealed that up to 22% of students in some Australian undergraduate programmes had admitted to buying or intending to buy assignments on the internet.

Read more: http://mg.co.za/article/2015-08-19-forget-plagiarism-theres-a-new-and-bigger-threat-to-academic-integrity/

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Jozien Wijkhuijs ~ Dutch Universities Start Their Elsevier Boycott Plan


“We are entering a new era in publications”, said Koen Becking, chairman of the Executive Board of Tilburg University in October. On behalf of the Dutch universities, he and his colleague Gerard Meijer negotiate with scientific publishers about an open access policy. They managed to achieve agreements with some publishers, but not with the biggest one, Elsevier. Today, they start their plan to boycott Elsevier.

Read more: https://universonline.nl/elsevier-boycott-plan

 

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