Story Archive

Stories About Technology:

How the Humanities Compute in the Classroom (January 6, 2014)
Humanities Programs Are Teaching Students to Deconstruct Technologies, Not Just Texts

The Gates Effect (July 14, 2013)
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent $472-million (so far) on higher education. Why many in academe are not writing thank-you notes.

You’re Distracted. This Professor Can Help. (March 24, 2013)
David Levy’s Course at the University of Washington Puts Technology In Its Place — In the Control of Students

Big Data on Campus (July 18, 2012)
Netflix Meets Google Meets Academia — Data Mining is Reshaping the College Experience

Harvard’s Privacy Meltdown (July 10, 2011)
Facebook could be a boon for sociologists, but Harvard researchers who used it may not have protected the privacy of people they studied

Can Tim Wu Save the Internet? (March 20, 2011)
The Scholar Who Coined ‘Net Neutrality’ Fears a Corporate Takeover of the Web. Now He’s In a Position to Fight That.

Colleges Lock Out Blind Students Online (December 12, 2010)
Inaccessible Digital Services and Courses Block Learning for Thousands

Tomorrow’s College (October 31, 2010)
The Classroom of the Future Features Face-to-Face, Online, And Hybrid Learning. And the Future is Here.

Outsourced Ed: Colleges Hire Companies to Build Online Courses (July 18, 2010)
The New Breed of Online Collaboration Can Tread Into Delicate Academic Territory, Blurring the Line Between College And Corporation

The Humanities Go Google (May 28, 2010)
Matthew L. Jockers May Be the First English Professor to Assign 1,200 Novels in One Class

Free Online Courses, At a Very High Price (October 11, 2009)
Online Students Want Credit; Colleges Want a Working Business Model

Online Classes Enable Looting of Student Aid (January 17, 2010)
$539,000 Fraud in Arizona Highlights Wider Problems

Conference Humiliation: They’re Tweeting Behind Your Back (November 17, 2009)
Speakers Have More to Fear These Days Than Losing Their Notes. The Audience Could Excoriate Them on Twitter.

Online Professors Pose as Students to Encourage Real Learning (May 20, 2009)
But Critics Say They Cross An Ethical Line, and Actual Students Are Shocked When the Ruse is Revealed

Stories About Scholars and Research:

Black Silent Majority‘ (August 3, 2015)
How Crime-Terrorized African-Americans Helped Spur Mass Incarceration

Saskia Sassen’s Missing Chapter (December 5, 2014)
Saskia Sassen, a sociology professor at Columbia U., has had to reckon with her father’s relationship with Adolf Eichmann

Scholar, Blogger, Brawler (September 19, 2014)
Scholar Behind U. of Illinois Boycotts Is a Longtime Activist

The Long Reach of David Brion Davis (February 3, 2014)
The Historian’s Influence Has Been Enormous, If Not Always Obvious

The American Police State (November 18, 2013)
A Young Sociologist Interrogates the Criminal-Justice System, and Tries to Stay Out of the Spotlight

The Shape of History (February 25, 2013)
In Ian Morris’s Big History, the Future Looms Large

The Intuitionist (January 29, 2012)
Jonathan Haidt Decodes the Tribal Psychology of Politics

Raymond Tallis Takes Out the ‘Neurotrash’ (October 9, 2011)
The Physician-Turned-Philosopher Scoffs at Science that Purports to Explain Everything from Religion to Love

A Professor Takes His Fight to the Supreme Court (May 29, 2011)
The Ability to Teach and Research Many Books, Films, and Pieces of Music May Hinge on Lawrence Golan’s Suit

Stories About Religion:

The Betrayal of Abdullah Antepli (January 31, 2016)
How a Duke Imam Became a Lightning Rod in the Campus Israel Wars

Imam: Made in America (September 16, 2007)
Faisal Ahmad, Raised in Albany, Represents a New Generation of Muslim Clerics and the Challenges They Confront

Change Starts On One Block (September 21, 2008)
Fellowship Works Toward Restoring Neighborhood

Confession Booths Go Silent (June 24, 2007)
A One-Time Pillar of the Catholic church is Crumbling, And Many Who Still Perform the Sacrament Are Changing How They Clear Their Consciences

Spiritual Shift Splits Diocese (February 12, 2006)
Albany Episcopalians Fear Legacy of Problems As A Controversial Bishop Prepares to Retire

Published in The New York Times:

Organizing to Defend a Professor’s Freedom of Speech (September 28, 2014)

Published in The Albany Times Union:

For RPI, Priorities An Issue (December 25, 2008)
Layoffs Spark Questions About School’s Spending on Construction, Salaries

Who, What, When, Where And Why Is J-School So Big? (December 15, 2008)
Despite Less-Than-Lucrative Job Prospects for Graduates, Journalism is an Increasingly Popular Major at Colleges

Crime And College (May 11,2008)
Off-Campus Incidents Aren’t Always Reported

RPI Suspends ‘Virtual Jihadi’ (March 7, 2008)
Exhibit Portraying Artist as Bomber Targeting Bush Sparks Uproar

Spitzer Adviser Used to Playing Hardball (March 6, 2008)
Lloyd Constantine, Longtime Friend, Coordinates the Governor’s Higher Education Policy

Traffic Officer Writes Ticket to Notoriety (October 16, 2006)
The Joke is Jeffrey Vunck Would Cite His Mother; Some Aren’t Laughing

Published in The Cape Cod Times:

Sergeant Accused of Lies in High School Talk (December 9, 2004)
Child-Killing Tale, Bush Criticism Get Army Notice

‘This is My Palace’ (August 1, 2004)
Susan Johnson, Once Homeless, Now Owns What Might Be the Smallest House on Cape Cod

Six Men, 60 Years Ago (June 6, 2004)
The Chaos And Tragedy of D-Day Are Still Strong In The Memories of Those Who Were There

Careless Driver Ruins Sheltered Life For Geese (April 9, 2004)
No One’s Quite Sure How The Toulouse Geese Wound Up In James Pond In South Yarmouth Years Ago — But When A Hit-and-Run Driver Killed Two of Them, Neighboring Merchants Felt As If They’d Lost Family