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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
How college sold its soul to the market
To the long list of American institutions that have withered since the dawn of the 1980s—?journalism, organized labor, mainline Protestantism, small-town merchants—?it may be time to add another: college-level humanities.…
The case against Algebra II
From a June 8, 1972, letter by William Styron to Frederick Exley, the author of A Fan’s Notes, who was a guest lecturer at the University of Iowa that year.…
Brandeis University's hard lesson in the real economy
When math and science rule the school