Here’s an alarming look at the “romantic” norms of contemporary college life. Lisa Wade, sociologist at Occidental College, has done extensive research into the unspoken but powerful rules that govern the culture of casual sex on college campuses. She is the guest on this episode of the “Hidden Brain” podcast.
A while back I was listening to the Ted Radio Hour. The guest was Harvard psychologist, Dan Gilbert, an expert on happiness. He wrote a widely-read book, Stumbling On Happiness, and was describing a common experience he has after people find out about his research: they want to know the secret to happiness. Listen […]
Here is a statement lifted from the Harvard University website which beautifully captures the larger goal of a college education — and not just for those lucky enough to go to Harvard. It has since been removed from the site but it remains a forceful and articulate defense of the liberal arts and a vision […]
A School Board in Colorado seeks to ban the teaching of dissent and protest in the public school curriculum in favor of celebrating free enterprise, respect for authority and a particular brand of patriotism. In response the students stage a walk out and protest. (Click here or photo for link) My students of social movements […]
Here is a link to a guest column I wrote for our campus newspaper. It deals with, among other things, the way that powerful actors are able to insulate themselves from accountability. In this case the Illinois State University Board of Trustees paid a half-million dollars to its 18th president following his resignation after only […]
Alan Watts describes in three minutes how to live a truly successful life.
I’m currently writing a book that examines the disconnect between popular beliefs about what a four-year college education is all about and what it actually means. My goal is to help close this “college knowledge gap” so that students can get the most from their education.