university http://wamc.org en "Place, Not Race: A New Vision Of Opportunity In America" By Sheryll Cashin http://wamc.org/post/place-not-race-new-vision-opportunity-america-sheryll-cashin <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Race-based affirmative action had been declining as a factor in university admissions even before the recent spate of related cases arrived at the Supreme Court. Since Ward </span>Connerly<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>kickstarted<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a state-by-state political mobilization against affirmative action in the </span>mid-1990s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the percentage of four-year public colleges that consider racial or ethnic status in admissions has fallen from 60 percent to 35 percent. Only 45 percent of private colleges still explicitly consider race, with elite schools more likely to do so, although they too have retreated.</span></p><p>For law professor and civil rights activist <a href="http://www.sheryllcashin.com/">Sheryll Cashin</a>, this isn’t entirely bad news, because as she argues, affirmative action as currently practiced does little to help disadvantaged people. In <em>Place, Not Race</em>, Cashin reimagines affirmative action and champions place-based policies, arguing that college applicants who have thrived despite exposure to neighborhood or school poverty are deserving of special consideration.</p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90589 at http://wamc.org "Place, Not Race: A New Vision Of Opportunity In America" By Sheryll Cashin The Duke Lacrosse Scandal Explored By William D. Cohan http://wamc.org/post/duke-lacrosse-scandal-explored-william-d-cohan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Despite being front-page news nationwide, the true story of the 2006 Duke lacrosse team rape case has never been told in its entirety and is more complex than all the reportage to date would indicate.<em> </em></p><p><em>The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities</em> by William D. Cohan is the definitive, magisterial account of what happens when the most combustible forces in American culture— unbridled ambition, intellectual elitism, athletic prowess, aggressive sexual behavior, racial bias, and absolute prosecutorial authority—collide and then explode on a powerful university campus, in the justice system, and in the media.</p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:05:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 88935 at http://wamc.org The Duke Lacrosse Scandal Explored By William D. Cohan "Degrees Of Inequality" By Suzanne Mettler http://wamc.org/post/degrees-inequality-suzanne-mettler <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>America’s higher education system is failing its students. In the space of a generation, we have gone from being the best-educated society in the world to one surpassed by eleven other nations in college graduation rates.</p><p>Higher education is evolving into a caste system with separate and unequal tiers that take in students from different socio-economic backgrounds and leave them more unequal than when they first enrolled.</p><p>In <em>Degrees of Inequality</em>, acclaimed political scientist <a href="http://government.arts.cornell.edu/faculty/mettler/">Suzanne Mettler</a> explains why the system has gone so horribly wrong and why the American Dream is increasingly out of reach for so many.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 88223 at http://wamc.org "Degrees Of Inequality" By Suzanne Mettler Ebony & Ivy By Craig Steven Wilder http://wamc.org/post/ebony-ivy-craig-steven-wilder <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A 2006 report commissioned by Brown University revealed that institution’s complex and contested involvement in slavery—setting off a controversy that leapt from the ivory tower to make headlines across the country.</p><p>But Brown’s troubling past was far from unique. In <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1596916818/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1596916818&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1596916818" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em>, Craig Steven Wilder, a rising star in the profession of history, lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the American academy.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 74924 at http://wamc.org Ebony & Ivy By Craig Steven Wilder Gregg Easterbrook On Football's Impact on America http://wamc.org/post/gregg-easterbrook-footballs-impact-america <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/125001171X/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=125001171X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">The King of Sports: Football&#39;s Impact on America</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=125001171X" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em>, Gregg Easterbrook, author of the wildly popular ESPN.com column Tuesday Morning Quarterback takes on football&#39;s place in American society.</p><p>In the book, he tells the full story of how football became so deeply ingrained in American culture. Both good and bad, he examines its impact on American society at all levels of the game.</p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 75402 at http://wamc.org Gregg Easterbrook On Football's Impact on America "What's Going On at UAardvark?" by Lawrence Wittner http://wamc.org/post/whats-going-uaardvark-lawrence-wittner <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.lawrenceswittner.com/">Lawrence Wittner</a>, Professor of History emeritus at the State University of New York @ Albany, is an award-winning writer and political activist who taught for 43 years on college and university campuses, in the United States and abroad. His latest book is the novel, <em>What's Going On at UAardvark?</em></p><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 65322 at http://wamc.org "What's Going On at UAardvark?" by Lawrence Wittner "The Shadow Scholar" by Dave Tomar http://wamc.org/post/shadow-scholar-dave-tomar <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>We speak with Dave Tomar about his book, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1608197239/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1608197239&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">The Shadow Scholar: How I Made a Living Helping College Kids Cheat</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1608197239" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>.</p><p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 57717 at http://wamc.org "The Shadow Scholar" by Dave Tomar Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate http://wamc.org/post/unlearning-liberty-campus-censorship-and-end-american-debate <p>For over a generation, shocking cases of censorship at America’s colleges and universities have taught students the wrong lessons about living in a free society. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 52696 at http://wamc.org Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate Justice & Multiculturalism in the 21st Century at UAlbany http://wamc.org/post/justice-multiculturalism-21st-century-ualbany <p>The UAlbany School of Criminal Justice is sponsoring "<a href="http://www.albany.edu/justiceinstitute/">Justice &amp; Multiculturalism in the 21st Century</a>," a year-long project that will examine issues of justice and diversity through collaborations among scholars, students, and the community. The school's aim is to create opportunities for engagement with diverse populations across the University and throughout the Capital Region. Included in the project will be lectures, a film series, and panel discussions, culminating with a national symposium in the spring. Dr. Thu, 20 Sep 2012 13:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 48310 at http://wamc.org