When an adjunct literature instructor from Harvard won a prestigious literary criticism award, he chose to deliver a scathing critique of his discipline as his acceptance speech.
How a group of English scholars are trying to bring emotion and engagement back into the study of literature.
Most scholars of radical Islam focus on doctrine, military tactics, and political statements. However, a small but growing number of academics have turned their research to the seemingly mundane but rich field of jihadist culture, exploring everything from dreams and jokes to poetry.
With his daughters as the test subjects, Laszlo Polgár set out to prove that genius is made, not born. One daughter became the first woman ever to earn chess’s grandmaster title, another the best female chess player of all time.
In 2010, billionaire investor Peter Thiel created a fellowship that awarded $100,000 to a select few young people to quit college and become entrepreneurs. The Chronicle spoke to nine fellows from the inaugural class to check on their progress.
How one former coach perpetuated a cheating scheme that benefited hundreds of college athletes.
Adolf Eichmann was a frequent visitor to sociologist Saskia Sassen’s childhood home in Argentina. This essay meditates on Sassen’s life and career, her father’s past and the notion of public and private lives. A response from Sassen can be found here.
An academic’s account of 125 days in an Iranian prison.
Much has been made of the link between creativity and mental illness—but is it a fiction?
Inside the pursuit of a high school basketball star:
The day after Mr. Clark returned from Iowa State, Mr. Weber arranged floor seats for him and four of his teammates for the Wildcats’ game that night against Kansas, which was then ranked No. 1 in the country. When Kansas State pulled off an overtime upset, Mr. Clark was there to rush the floor with the fans.
Kansas State’s coaches brought him into the locker room to enjoy the celebration. One coach later texted, “That could be you on that floor next year!!”