Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History and the Humanities at Princeton University. His most recent book is The Culture of Correction in Renaissance Europe.
College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be by Andrew Delbanco
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
The Faculty Lounges: And Other Reasons Why You Won’t Get The College Education You Paid For by Naomi Schaefer Riley
Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class by Christopher Newfield
Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities by William G. Bowen, Matthew M. Chingos, and Michael S. McPherson
Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa
Education’s End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life by Anthony T. Kronman
Saving State U: Why We Must Fix Public Higher Education by Nancy Folbre
Reinventing Knowledge: From Alexandria to the Internet by Ian F. McNeely and Lisa Wolverton
The Book That Changed Europe: Picart and Bernard’s Religious Ceremonies of the World by Lynn Hunt, Margaret C. Jacob, and Wijnand Mijnhardt
Bernard Picart and the First Global Vision of Religion edited by Lynn Hunt, Margaret Jacob, and Wijnand Mijnhardt
The Mourners: Medieval Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, March 1–May 23, 2010; the Saint Louis Art Museum, June 20–September 6, 2010; the Dallas Museum of Art, October 3, 2010–January 2, 2011; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, January 23–April 17,
The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry an exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, November 8, 2008–February 8, 2009; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, March 2–June 13, 2010.
Giordano Bruno: Philosopher/Heretic by Ingrid D. Rowland
Tapestry in the Baroque: Threads of Splendor Catalog of the exhibition edited by Thomas P. Campbell
The Coast of Utopia a trilogy by Tom Stoppard, directed by Jack O'Brien
The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard
Italy Illuminated by Flavio Biondo, edited and translated by Jeffrey White
Invectives by Francesco Petrarca, edited and translated by David Marsh
Humanist Educational Treatises edited and translated by Craig W. Kallendorf
Biographical Writings by Giannozzo Manetti, edited and translated by Stefano U. Baldassarri and Rolf Bagemihl
Commentaries by Pius II, edited by Margaret Meserve and Marcello Simonetta
Later Travels by Cyriac of Ancona, edited and translated by Edward W. Bodnar with Clive Foss
History of the Florentine People by Leonardo Bruni, edited and translated by James Hankins
Platonic Theology by Marsilio Ficino, edited by James Hankins with William Bowen and translated by Michael J. B. Allen with John Warden
On Discovery by Polydore Vergil, edited and translated by Brian P. Copenhaver
Humanist Comedies edited and translated by Gary R. Grund
Short Epics by Maffeo Vegio, edited and translated by Michael C. J. Putnam with James Hankins
Silvae by Angelo Poliziano, edited and translated by Charles Fantazzi
Letters by Angelo Poliziano, edited and translated by Shane Butler
Prague: The Crown of Bohemia, 1347–1437 Catalog of the exhibitionedited by Barbara Drake Boehm and Jirí Fajt
The Newtonian Moment: Science and the Making of Modern Culture
The Newtonian Moment: Isaac Newton and the Making of Modern Culture Catalog of the exhibition by Mordechai Feingold
The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
Judaism and Enlightenment by Adam Sutcliffe
The Languages of Paradise: Aryans and Semites, a Match made in Heaven by Maurice Olender, translated from the French by Arthur Goldhammer
Demon Lovers: Witchcraft, Sex, and the Crisis of Belief by Walter Stephens
Tapestry in the Renaissance: Art and Magnificence Catalog of the exhibition by Thomas P. Campbell and others
Ben Katchor: Picture Stories by Ben Katchor
Cheap Novelties: The Pleasures of Urban Decay by Ben Katchor
Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories by Ben Katchor
The Jew of New York by Ben Katchor
The Greeks and Greek Civilization Jacob Burckhardt, edited by Oswyn Murray, translated from the German by Sheila Stern
Utopia: The Search for the Ideal Society in the Western World an exhibition at the New York Public Library, October 14,2000-January 27, 2001
Utopia: The Search for the Ideal Societyin the Western World edited by Roland Schaer, Gregory Claeys, Lyman Tower Sargent
A Journey to the End of the Millennium: A Novel by A.B. Yehoshua
A Collector’s Cabinet 17-November 1, 1998. exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., May, Catalog of the exhibition byWheelock, Arthur K. Jr.
Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150-1750 by Lorraine Daston, by Katharine Park
Special Cases: Natural Anomalies and Historical Monsters by Rosamond Purcell
The Ghosts of Berlin: Confronting German History in the Urban Landscape by Brian Ladd
The Berlin of George Grosz: Drawings, Watercolours and Prints, 1912-1930 by Frank Whitford
Adolph Menzel (1815-1905): Between Romanticism and Impressionism edited by Claude Keisch, edited by Marie Ursula Riemann-Reyher
Berlin: The City and the Court Smith. by Jules Laforgue
George Grosz: Berlin-New York edited by Peter-Klaus Schuster
Reading Berlin 1900 by Peter Fritzsche
The Writing on the Walls: Projections in Berlin’s Jewish Quarter by Shimon Attie
The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, and Colonization by Walter D. Mignolo
Reframing the Renaissance: Visual Culture in Europe and Latin America, 1450-1650 edited by Claire Farago
Johannes Vermeer 12, 1995-February 11, 1996 an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, November
Johannes Vermeer Hague/ Yale University Press catalog of the exhibition edited by Arthur K. Jr. Wheelock
Gehennical Fire: The Lives of George Starkey, an American Alchemist in the Scientific Revolution by William R. Newman
Albrecht Altdorfer and the Origins of Landscape by Christopher S. Wood
The First Jesuits by John O'Malley
Ignatius of Loyola: The Psychology of a Saint by W.W. Meissner S.J., M.D.
Jésuites: Une Multibiographie, Vol. 1: Les conquérants, Vol. 2: Les revenants from Pantheon/Bessie Books, winter 1995) by Jean Lacouture
Want to know how to solve the problem of ever-increasing college costs? A lot of people have answers. One of the Very Serious People who can give you one is the economist Richard Vedder, professor at Ohio University, Adjunct Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and Director of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.
Many observers are worried about the latest skirmish in the battle to destroy American higher education, which involves the distinguished environmental historian William Cronon at the University of Wisconsin.
Much of Britain’s industry has disappeared. The recently vaunted financial sector is in disarray. But British universities remain world leaders. The conditions that have made this possible included, in the past, a loose, egalitarian organization, substantial autonomy for scholars and teachers, and a generous esprit de corps. Yet instead of preserving this distinguished and successful sector of British life, both Labour and Tory governments seem bent on rearing hierarchies, crushing autonomy, and destroying morale.
No one has studied the development and meaning of the Catholic liturgy with more care and precision, or performs Mass more beautifully, than Pope Benedict XVI. His rich sense of the value of tradition—and the way it develops over time—will likely determine his response to the current crisis.
British universities face a crisis of the mind and spirit. For thirty years, Tory and Labour politicians, bureaucrats, and “managers” have hacked at the traditional foundations of academic life. Unless policies and practices change soon, the damage will be impossible to remedy.
In 1934, the Harvard class of 1909 held its 25th reunion—then as now an occasion for members of the American elite to parade in public and celebrate their achievements. But this year the star attraction was a German: Ernst “Putzi” Hanfstaengl, the son of a Munich art dealer and publisher who had joined the Nazi movement and enjoyed personal access to Hitler (Hitler liked hearing him play the piano, as had his Harvard classmates, for whom he composed football fight songs). In the early 1930s he served as foreign press chief for the Nazi party.