Contents


Our Universities: Why Are They Failing?

The Faculty Lounges: And Other Reasons Why You Won’t Get The College Education You Paid For by Naomi Schaefer Riley

The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters by Benjamin Ginsberg

The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton by Jerome Karabel

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

Dying Laughter

Adam and Evelyn by Ingo Schulze, translated from the German by John E. Woods

Busy Monsters by William Giraldi

On the Road to Immortality

Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever by Ray Kurzweil and Terry Grossman, M.D.

The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology by Ray Kurzweil

Rising Up in Israel

Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle by Dan Senor and Saul Singer

The Israeli Economy from the Foundation of the State through the 21st Century by Paul Rivlin

The Political Economy of Israel’s Occupation: Repression Beyond Exploitation by Shir Hever

Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within by Ilan Peleg and Dov Waxman

Germany: When Faces Defied Death

Dürer—Cranach—Holbein: Die Entdeckung des Menschen: Das deutsche Porträt um 1500 [Dürer—Cranach—Holbein: The Discovery of Man: German Portraiture around 1500] an exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, May 31–September 4, 2011, and the Kunsthalle of the Hypo Cultural Foundation, Munich, September 16, 2011–January 15, 2012

Contributors

Brent Staples writes editorials on politics and culture for The New York Times. He is the author of a memoir, Parallel Time: Growing Up in Black and White. (November 2011)

Neal Ascherson is the author of Black Sea, Stone Voices: The Search for Scotland, and the novel Death of the Frosac. He is an Honorary Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
 (October 2017)

G.W. Bowersock is Professor Emeritus of Ancient History at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His most recent book is The Crucible of Islam. (December 2017)

Ian Buruma has been a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books since 1985 and the magazine’s editor since September 2017. From 2003 to 2017 he was professor of human rights, democracy and journalism at Bard College. Buruma was born in 1951 in The Hague, Holland. He was educated at Leyden University, where he studied Chinese literature and history, and at Nihon University College of Arts, in Tokyo, where he studied cinema. Living in Japan from 1975 to 1981, Buruma worked as a film reviewer, photographer, and documentary filmmaker. In the 1980s, Buruma was based in Hong Kong, where he edited the cultural section of the Far Eastern Economic Review, and from where he later travelled all over Asia as a freelance writer. Buruma was a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin in 1991, and a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC in 1999. He is a fellow of the European Council of Foreign Relations and a board member of Human Rights in China. In 2008, Buruma won the Erasmus Prize for “exceptional contributions to culture society, or social sciences in Europe.” Buruma has written seventeen books, including The Wages of Guilt (1995), Murder in Amsterdam (2006), Year Zero (2013), and Theater of Cruelty (2014). He has won several prizes for his books, including the LA Times Book Prize for Murder in Amsterdam, and PEN-Diamonstein Spielvogel award for the art of the essay for Theater of Cruelty.

David Cole is the National Legal Director of the ACLU and the Honorable George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at the Georgetown University Law Center. The paperback edition of his book Engines of Liberty: How Citizen Movements Succeed has just been published. (December 2017)

Robert Darnton, the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard, is currently a Fellow at the Institut d’études avancées in Paris. (May 2017)

David Dollenmayer’s most recent translation is of Martin Walser’s A Gushing Fountain.
 (May 2016)

Martin Filler is the 2017 recipient of the Stephen A. Kliment ­Oculus Award, given by the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, for his architecture criticism, which has appeared in these pages since 1985.
 (August 2017)

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.


John Gray is Emeritus Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics. His latest book is The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Inquiry into Human Freedom.
 (October 2017)

Michael Greenberg is the author of Hurry Down Sunshine and Beg, Borrow, and Steal: A Writer’s Life. 
(August 2017)

Sue Halpern is a regular contributor to The New York Review and a Scholar-in-Residence at Middlebury. Her latest book is A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home. (July 2017)

Ezra Klein is a columnist for The Washington Post, where he edits the Wonkblog, and a contributor to MSNBC and Bloomberg View.

 (September 2012)

Thomas Nagel is University Professor Emeritus at NYU. He is the author of The View from Nowhere, Mortal Questions, and Mind and ­Cosmos, among other books. (September 2017)

Tim Parks is the author of many novels, translations, and works of nonfiction, most recently Life and Work: Writers, Readers, and the Conversations Between Them and the novel In Extremis. (November 2017)

William Pfaff’s latest book is The Irony of Manifest Destiny: The Tragedy of America’s Foreign Policy.
 (June 2013)

Eyal Press is a 2011 Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation and a contributing writer at The Nation. His book Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times will be published next February. (November 2011)

Willibald Sauerländer is a former Director of the Central Institute for Art History in Munich. His latest book is Manet Paints Monet: A Summer in Argenteuil. (May 2016)

Cathleen Schine’s most recent novel is They May Not Mean to But They Do. (August 2017)

Peter Singer is the Ira W. Decamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. His books include Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, The Most Good You Can Do, and, most recently, Famine, Affluence, and Morality. (May 2016)

Helen Vendler is the Arthur Kingsley Porter University Professor in the Department of English at Harvard. Her latest book is The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar, a collection of her most recent essays. (October 2017)

Paul Volcker was the Chairman of the Federal Reserve under Presidents Carter and Reagan from 1979 to 1987, and the Chairman of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board under President Obama during 2009 and 2010. (August 2013)

Garry Wills is the subject of a Festschrift published by Northwestern’s Garret-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Nation and World, Church and God: The Legacy of Garry Wills. (April 2017)