LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Censored Serbs/Detained Deutschlanders/Steven Spielberg v. academic feminists, and more.
Spain and its Empire
Hitler's high school nemesis/Broadway's basement boys/Banished from Baltimore, and more.
Behind the Crimson Curtain
Four out of five junior professors at Harvard don't get tenure. Most move on. But after Peter Berkowitz lost his bid, he found some powerful allies--including a high-powered law professor and one of the nation's leading private eyes--to help him fight back. This dream team has yet to establish that any administrative misconduct took place. But it has raised questions about how an extra-rigorous tenure process may encourage behind-the-scenes shenanigans.
BY DAVID GREENBERG
Enjoy Your Zizek!
Since publishing The Sublime Object of Ideology in 1989, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek has become one of academia's most charismatic figures. His work is a smorgasbord of Lacanian psychoanalysis, popular culture, and politics. And his conversation is a dazzling blend of boisterous rhetoric and willful self-contradiction. Is he the Hegel of the Balkans, or simply all over the map?
BY ROBERT S. BOYNTON
Bodies That Matter
From Berkeley to Boston, scholars are building their biceps, pumping up their pecs, and writing about it. Not everyone, however, agrees that the new bodybuilding scholarship pulls its own weight.
BY EMILY NUSSBAUM
What Ada Knew
Computer programmers love the nineteenth-century mathematician Ada Lovelace. So do feminist scholars. But was Lord Byron's daughter a mathematical prodigy--or a modestly talented misfit with good PR?
BY LEV GROSSMAN
Jim Holt on the cabal of French mathematicians who changed the world.