Unorthodox Ideas

NAS

The Winter 2018 issue of Academic Questions at a glance. 

Ambient Rage

Peter Wood

A review of Howard S. Schwartz's Political Correctness and the Destruction of the Social Order: Chronicling the Rise of the Pristine Self.

Appreciating Tom Wolfe (1930-2018)

Carol Iannone

In remembrance of the man who critiqued a century.

Shedding Humanity, Shredding the Humanities

Anthony Esolen

An incident with a student provides the occasion for Anthony Esolen’s exposition of how identity politics has made humanities education nearly impossible and the “very notion of a common good nearly inconceivable.”

Measuring Sexual Assault on Campus: The Clery Report Challenge

Dan Subotnik

A careful dissection of the most widely used surveys on campus sexual assaults indicates that the problem might be something less than the scourge it is often portrayed as.

Can Reason Win?

NAS

The Summer 2018 issue of Academic Questions at a glance. 

Societal Threats from Ideologically Driven Science

Edward J. Calabrese

Personal bias has gotten in the way of good science. 

Higher Education in the Age of Trump

NAS

This AQ issue discusses how President Donald Trump will affect higher education in the United States.

Amending the First Amendment

Paul Rahe

In the Fall 2017 Academic Questions (vol. 30 no. 3), Paul A. Rahe outlines the decline of the First Amendment and the dangers that decline poses.

Toward an American Liberal Education

John Agresto

In the Summer 2017 Academic Questions (vol. 30, no. 2), John Agresto argues the usefulness and value of a liberal education in twenty-first century America.

Radicalism’s Yield: Politics and the Illiberal Academy

Mark Zunac

In the Winter 2016 Academic Questions (vol. 29, no. 4), Mark Zunac discusses the evolution of liberal arts from a field encouraging inquiry to today's ideological sounding board.

Summer 2016 Academic Questions: Infringements

NAS

The new issue of Academic Questions features essays depicting intrusions on free inquiry, freedom of thought, freedom to teach, and freedom to learn.

Affirmative Action at the University of Louisville: A Case Study

Ben Foster

An examination of the application of seldom-scrutinized affirmative action policies in one university.

Disputing Deneen: A Misremembered Past

Matthew J. Franck

Matthew J. Franck  revises Patrick Deneen's history of American higher education, to note that a age of traditional learning in a secular mode never really existed.

Faculty Tenure: Improve It, Don't Remove It

W. Lee Hansen

W. Lee Hansen argues that revisions to faculty tenure must be objective and preserve academic freedom. 

Summer 2015 Academic Questions: "Common Readings, Uncommon Conversations"

NAS

The new issue of Academic Questions takes on questions about common readings, "translingualism," and more. 

The Liberal Arts as Conversation

Jack Kerwick

Philosophy professor Jack Kerwick writes that the purpose of education is not traditionalism, careerism, or activism, but what he calls "conversationalism."

Resurfacing Sustainability in AQ

NAS

In 2010, we devoted an issue of Academic Questions to the topic of sustainability. 

Winter 2014 Academic Questions Features Special Section, "God and Guns"

NAS

The special section of the winter 2014 Academic Questions highlights campus attitudes toward guns and religion.

After the Interregnum

Patrick J. Deneen

In "God's and Guns," a special section of the Winter 2014 Academic Questions, Patrick J. Deneen finds that both sides in the latest stage of the Culture Wars "represent a betrayal of the proper mission of higher education."

Fall 2014 Academic Questions Highlights Western Culture and Tradition

NAS

The fall 2014 issue of Academic Questions offers special essays, poetry, and reviews that illimune the foundations of Western tradition.

Small Latin, and Less Greek

Bruce S. Thornton

Bruce Thornton, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor at California State University, Fresno, reviews Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations by Mary Beard.

Acknowledging Things of Darkness: Postcolonial Criticism of The Tempest

In the Fall 2014 issue of Academic Questions, Duke Pesta, associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, writes on the limitations of postcolional criticism.

New Book: End of Academic Freedom

NAS

Three scholars have written a new book that identifies the forces that are subverting higher education's mission.

SPLC: Usefulness Outlived?

George Yancey

Academic Questions author George Yancey surmises that the Southern Poverty Law Center has come to be labeled as simply another progressive interest group. 

And We Shall Not All Be Dentists

Amy L. Wax

Amy L. Wax and Isaac N. Cohen review the book, Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality.

The HHS Mandate and Religious Liberty: An Update

Adèle Auxier Keim

This piece is a follow-up to “The HHS Mandate and Religious Liberty: A Primer,” which was included in the Winter 2013 AQ.

Full Online Access to Academic Questions

Ashley Thorne

NAS members can read Academic Questions online by creating a user account at the website of the journal's publisher.

Top-Down or Bottom-Up? Winter AQ Issue Examines Campus Progressivism's Origins

NAS

The last issue in Academic Questions' 2013 volume considers the sources of progressive ideology on campus.

The Fall 2013 Issue of Academic Questions Is Out

Tessa Carter

The fall 2013 issue of AQ features "critical thoughts in critical times."

Moving? Take Us with You

NAS

Address changing? Let us know.

Are You Getting AQ on Time?

NAS

Let us know if you have had any trouble receiving your copies of Academic Questions.

The Campaign to Discredit Regnerus and the Assault on Peer Review

Peter Wood

The Mark Regnerus case is a stellar illustration of the "political vortex that surrounds academic peer review."

Spring 2013 Academic Questions Issue is Out

Ashley Thorne

The first issue of NAS's quarterly journal's 2013 volume focuses on the Common Core, civics education, racial preferences, and important new books in higher education.

Both Wrong and Bad

Carl Cohen

In a review essay, Cohen says Russell Nieli's Wounds That Will Not Heal "contends that the products of race preference, or affirmative action, are bad—very, very bad."

The Common Core State Standards: Two Views

Mark Bauerlein

Jane Robbins describes the defects in the Common Core State Standards for English and math; Mark Bauerlein responds, seeing opportunity rather than disaster. 

A Hundred Ideas for Reforming Higher Education

Peter Wood

The status quo is so deeply entrenched that only a fantasy map will get us out of the Great Gillikin Forest to the Emerald City, from the Inferno to the Paradiso.

One Hundred Great Ideas for Higher Education

Richard Arum, Jill Biden, Andrew Delbanco, Joseph Epstein, Victor Davis Hanson, Wilfred McClay, Charles Murray, Ibn Warraq, Tom Wolfe, and many others share their ideas for reforming higher education. 

Ideas for Higher Education

Ashley Thorne

AQ Fall 2012 Issue: “A Crucible Moment? A Forum on the President’s Call for a New Civics”

Crystal Plum

The fall 2012 issue of NAS’s journal Academic Questions presents a forum in which scholars respond to a call for a new kind of civics education.

Against "Diversity"

John Rosenberg

Roger Clegg and John S. Rosenberg offer ten reasons to oppose the "diversity" rationale for racial preferences. They argue that "diversity" is discrimination, and provide evidence that its costs are high.

Unfashionable Ideas

Peter Wood

Peter Wood reviews the National Association of Scholars’ changing approach to reforming higher education.

Dismissive Reviews: Academe's Memory Hole

Richard P. Phelps

Richard R. Phelps exposes how scholars fail to consult the research that has been done on their chosen topic and blandly claim themselves to be pioneers in the area.

Final Edit: Irving Louis Horowitz, 1929-2012

Peter Wood

Peter Wood remembers Irving Louis Horowitz, founding publisher of Academic Questions and intellectual warrior.

Comments on "The Razor's Edge"

Daniel Asia

A brief look at Fox's article on Western Civilization.

A Final Article in Academic Questions by Irving Louis Horowitz

Ashley Thorne

In the current, spring 2012 issue of Academic Questions is one last article by Dr. Horowitz, "The Wealth of Nations and the Poverty of Analysts."

Irving Louis Horowitz: A Force of Nature

Steve Balch

Irving Louis Horowitz, who for decades was publisher, advisor, and contributor to Academic Questions died on March 21st. NAS chairman Steve Balch remembers him.  

The Razor's Edge

Robin Fox

Professor Fox emphasizes the importance of teaching Western culture, given the fragility of today's liberal democratic societies, which exist "on a razor's edge." This article appears in the spring 2012 "Why Study the West?" issue of Academic Questions, volume 25, number 1. 

Academic Questions Cited in New York Post

Ashley Thorne

The idea of a bubble in higher education as considered in NAS's journal is getting wider notice.

Nowhere But the West

Steve Balch

Steve Balch reviews The Uniqueness of Western Civilization by Ricardo Duchesne. This review appears in the winter 2011 issue of Academic Questions, volume 24, number 4.

BEST and Not Even Second Best on Global Warming

Peter Wood

While Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature's new study on global warming showcases disinterested inquiry at its best, Peter Wood examines whether the media coverage of these findings has managed to do the same.

Graphic on the Higher Education Bubble

Ashley Thorne

In support of the claim that there is a "higher education bubble," an online publication gives us a creative display of the hard facts.

"Higher Education Bubble" AQ Issue in Print

Peter Wood

The fall 2011 issue of Academic Questions asks, "Is there a bubble in higher education?"

Academe's House Divided

Daniel B. Klein

Daniel B. Klein reviews The Still Divided Academy, the final work of NAS and AQ editorial advisory board member Stanley Rothman, which was completed after his death by April Kelly-Woessner and Matthew Woessner. This review appears in the fall 2011 issue of Academic Questions, volume 24, number 3.

Milestones for the NAS

Peter Wood

NAS's two signal events in 2011 pointed college students back to the core principles of the liberal arts and sciences.

AQ Author David French and Wife Publish Book on Serving in Iraq War

Ashley Thorne

Academic Questions author David French and his wife Nancy were interviewed on the 700 Club last month (8-minute video), discussing their new book, Here and Away, about their experiences during his tour in Iraq. Human Events also ran a review of the book here. David French's article, "American Legal Education and Professional Despair,"  appeared in the recent issue of Academic Questions on law schools (Summer 2011).

Daniel Pipes Quotes AQ Author Andrew Bieszad on NRO

Ashley Thorne

In a National Review Online article describing the decline of Middle East Studies in American higher education, Daniel Pipes quotes from Andrew Bieszad's recent article, "Islamo-Correctness at Hartford Seminary," in Academic Questions:

The Hartford Seminary rapidly “turned from being the premier Protestant seminary for missions to the Muslim world into an institution promoting Islamization.”

Originalism in the Classroom

David F. Forte

David F. Forte provides a detailed legal history of originalism and investigates whether, and to what extent, originalism is a part of law school teaching on the Constitution. This article appears in the summer 2011 issue of Academic Questions, "Hard Cases: America's Law Schools" (vol. 24, no. 2).

"Islam in Scholarship and Education" AQ Issue in Print

Ashley Thorne

The spring 2011 issue of Academic Questions looks at the ways Islam and higher education interact today.

Academic Questions Author Lawrence Mead on BBC

NYU professor Lawrence Mead, an author in a recent issue of Academic Questions, did a feature for the BBC on welfare reform in the UK.

Video: Academic Questions Author Zuhdi Jasser Discusses Radical Islam Hearings

Zuhdi Jasser, who wrote "Islamic Schools and American Civic Culture" for the spring 2011 issue of Academic Questions, testified at the Peter King hearings in Congress.

AQ Author Toby Huff Cited in New York Times

Ashley Thorne

The New York Times recently ran an article by Edward Rothstein ("To Each His Own Museum, as Identity Goes on Display") about museum exhibitions that seek to vindicate certain groups' historical roles but end up distorting history through an overemphasis on group identity. In it Rothstein cites The Rise of Early Modern Science, a book by 2009 Academic Questions author Toby Huff:

Political Correctness Being Replaced by Vapid "Scholasticism"

Ashley Thorne

In an article on Minding the Campus, Mary Grabar cites a recent article from NAS's journal Academic Questions, "The Other Danger...Scholasticism in Academic Research." 

Academic Questions Authors in New York Times Peer Review Debate

Ashley Thorne

Stanley Trimble, Bill McKelvey, and Mohamed Gad-el-Hak draw on their findings in a recent AQ essay to contribute to a "Room for Debate" discussion on the publication of controversial research.

"Popular Culture and the Academy" AQ Issue in Print

Ashley Thorne

The winter issue of Academic Questions looks at the ways pop culture affects higher education today.

The Other Danger...Scholasticism in Academic Research

Lawrence M. Mead

Researchers have narrowed their focus to the point of irrelevance in the real world, writes Prof. Lawrence Mead. In this article, which appeared in the winter issue of Academic Questions (vol. 23, no. 4), he describes the path productive scholarship must take.

Free Academic Questions Through November

Ashley Thorne

Thanks to a promotion from our publisher Springer, the NAS's journal Academic Questions is free online through the month of November. No registration or membership is necessary - you can browse, print, read, and share unlimited articles all November long. AQ is being featured among Springer's most popular and prestigious education journals. This is the perfect time to recommend AQ to your colleagues, friends, and family members. If you like what you're reading but aren't a member yet, please join us and have every future issue of Academic Questions delivered to your door.

"Good Ideas, Bad Ideas" AQ Issue in Print

Ashley Thorne

The fall issue of Academic Questions examines both good and bad ideas in higher education, including trimming the glut of academic publishing, merit-based scholarships, teaching ebonics, and disseminating "light and truth."

Fall Academic Questions Articles Available Online

Ashley Thorne

NAS has posted three articles from the forthcoming fall issue of Academic Questions at NAS.org. They are:

  • How Scholarships Morphed into Financial Aid by Jackson Toby Scholarships should be based on merit, not need, argues Toby in his latest book, The Lowering of Higher Education in America.
  • The Glut of Academic Publishing: A Call for a New Culture by Stanley W. Trimble, Wayne W. Grody, Bill McKelvey, and Mohamed Gad-el-Hak Too much publishing of too little substance wastes scholars' time, breeds  cynicism, and hinders true academic enterprise.
  • Scoping Out the International Spy Museum by Ronald Radosh The International Spy Museum presents an often one-sided perspective on the Cold War and propagates the  popular idea that McCarthyism was worse than Soviet crimes against humanity.

Other articles from this special issue on "Good Ideas, Bad Ideas" are available at SpringerLink.com (subscription required). For a free subscription to Academic Questions, become an NAS member.

Renewable Debate: Progress vs. Sustainability

Daniel Bonevac

Philosophy professor Daniel Bonevac responds to a historian's critiques of his AQ article "Is Sustainability Sustainable?"

"Campus Culture" AQ Issue in Print

Ashley Thorne

The summer issue of Academic Questions takes the pulse of campus culture and considers how the attitudes formed in college affect broader American culture.

Free Online 'Sustainability' Academic Questions Articles

Ashley Thorne

We are pleased to announce that the current issue of Academic Questions, a special issue on “Sustainability,” is available FREE online!

Symposium: Student Life

Adam Pascarella

This symposium by eight student writers provides an inside view of campus life today and appeared in the "Student Culture" issue of Academic Questions (vol. 23, no. 2).

Free Sustainability Academic Questions Issue

NAS

Hot off the press: the current issue of Academic Questions, a special issue on "Sustainability,” is available free online.

New AQ Article Online: Feminism on Campus Today

Ashley Thorne

A new essay on campus feminism is now available online at NAS.org. Authored by Karin Agness, founder and president of the Network of enlightened Women (new friends of NAS), the article will appear in the forthcoming "Student Culture" issue of Academic Questions (vol. 23, no. 2). Agness documents the rise of feminism in higher education and recounts her own encounter with feminism as an undergrad at UVA:

At the end of the tour, I asked her, “Would the Women’s Center consider cosponsoring a group for conservative women?” She looked at me as if I were crazy, chuckled, and said, “Not here.” I thanked her and decided to start a club for conservative women on my own.

Free Academic Questions Articles

Ashley Thorne

Enjoy “Corroding the Curriculum: Sustainability v. Education,” by Austin Williams, for free along with other AQ articles.

December Academic Questions Issue Now Online

Ashley Thorne

NAS members and AQ subscribers, the December issue is available online. You can log in and download and print individual articles or simply read them on your computer. If you are a member/subscriber, click here to find out how to access the journal online. If you would like to subscribe to NAS's quarterly journal Academic Questions, the easiest  and most affordable way to do so is to become a member of NAS.

Response to Mitchell

Jonathan Smith

After NAS posted Academic Questions article "Remapping Geography," Don Mitchell offered a response to the authors, Jonathan M. Smith and Jim Norwine. Here Professor Smith responds to Mitchell.

Response to Smith and Norwine on Remapping Geography

Don Mitchell

Dr. Don Mitchell, author of Cultural Geography: A Critical Introduction who was mentioned in Professors Smith and Norwine's Academic Questions article "Remapping Geography," offers a response to their article.

George Lakoff's New Happiness: Politics after Rationality

John B. Parrott

This article by John B. Parrott on the ideas and contemporary influence of Berkeley professor George Lakoff appeared in the "Academic Revisionism" issue of Academic Questions (vol. 22, no. 4).

Thursday Theatrics

Ashley Thorne

Inside: Fighting feminist falsehoods, Merit-al bliss, UT Austin quashes Western civ curriculum, Clinton and the climate, AP exam-graders and 'Kool-Aid," and a new AQ issue.

Acres of Rhinestones: Temple Betrays Its Heritage

Stephen Zelnick

This article by Stephen Zelnick recounting Temple University's departure from the Great Conversation appeared in the "Case Studies in Academic Malady" issue of Academic Questions (vol. 22, no. 3).

Old Ills, New Remedies: A Conversation with Diane Auer Jones

Carol Iannone

This interview appeared in the "Case Studies in Academic Maladies" issue of Academic Questions (vol. 22, no. 3)

"Texans Are Stupid" and Other Lessons from the Public Schools

Elena Callas

A teacher reflects on the politics she has seen in K-12 classrooms -and the playground.

2009 If I Ran the Zoo #2 and #3

Carol Iannone

How the AQ editors would run the higher ed zoo: "Unlock the philosophers!" says Felicia Chernesky. "Bring on the curfews and visiting hours!" says Carol Iannone.

Reason? Reason? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Reason! Scholarship Today

The university now produces graduates who believe reason is "only a mask of power."

Closed Eyes

Glenn Ricketts

This article, a review of the book Closed Minds? Politics and Ideology in American Universities, appeared in the spring 2009 issue of Academic Questions (volume 22, number 2).

The Classroom Without Reason

Douglas Campbell

The following essay is a "Report from the Academy" which was published in Academic Questions (volume 22, number 2).

Hookup Ink

Wendy Shalit

This preview article, which appeared in the "Liberal Education and the Family" issue of Academic Questions (volume 22, number 1), is a review of three books on the campus hookup culture.

NAS Cheers "Enduring Questions"

Ashley Thorne

NAS hails with appreciation the announcement of the National Endowment for the Humanities' new "Enduring Questions" program.

A Critic in Full: A Conversation with Tom Wolfe

Carol Iannone

This article, an interview with Tom Wolfe, appeared in Academic Questions (vol. 21, no. 2).

Vietnam: Historians at War

Mark Moyar

Has reasoned study of the Vietnam War been trampled by radical adherence to the politically correct?