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  • Coming out from the cloister

    Inside Higher Ed - 06/04/2015

    A couple of years ago, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof stirred up a bit of controversy with a piece he published in the paper’s “Sunday Review” section titled “Professors, We Need You!” The gist of Kristof’s argument is that academia has become so insular as to have little to no impact on the day-to-day life of most Americans. As he so gently put it in the article’s lede, most university professors “just don’t matter in today’s great debates.” He concludes by pleading with academics to not “cloister yourselves like medieval monks.”

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