LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
The dissertation doctorThe murderous professor/Fresh embarrassments at B.U. and more
The new and improved PMLA/ The right to noise/Corpse couture
The Department That Fell to Earth
For much of the last decade, the Duke English department has been a model for academic entrepreneurs and the object of widespread envy. Now the department is in tatters: Its star faculty has fled, and its curriculum is virtually nonexistent. But was the Duke model ever what it was cracked up to be?
BY DAVID YAFFE
The Velvet Fog...and The Satin Scholars
This fall, connoisseurs of the conference circuit could choose between a symposium in the Prague Castle hosted by Vaclav Havel and a gathering on Long Island devoted to the life and legacy of Frank Sinatra. JEN NESSEL opted for a weekend on globalization with the philosopher king and his celebrity friends while JON WIENER sampled the sweeter music of aging bobby-soxers and young cultural studies aficionados.
No Free Lunch
Antonia Demas thought she had a brilliant idea about how to get kids to eat right. She needed an advanced degree to put her theory on the map, and so she enrolled at Cornell. But when her adviser began taking credit for her work, their relationship soured. Demas brought him up on charges. She lost her case--but not her appetite for justice.
BY KATHARINE DAVIS FISHMAN
Greek to Me
The Elgin Marbles have long held a cherished place in the British imagination. But the Greeks want them back. And why not? The marbles haven't done the English much good.
BY LAWRENCE OSBORNE
SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT: HIRINGS & TENURINGS
Who got hired where.
Tenurings and hirings to tenure, by discipline
Junior hirings, by discipline and graduate training
Jim Holt in search of lost time.