Woodrow Wilson News & Publications
WW NEWSLETTER EXTRA: Fall 2011
A number of Fellows are active in the blogosphere. A few of note are:
- Gary Becker WF '51
Economist Gary Becker and American jurist and legal theorist Richard Posner explore current issues in economics, law and policy.
- Alice Dreger CN '94
Visit Alice Dreger's website to access her blogs including "Fetishes I Don't Get" (Psychology Today); "One Foot In: Thoughts on Academia"; "Sex Research Honeypot"; posts on the Bioethics Forum and other writing.
Read Fellowship's profile of Alice Dreger...
- Gary Gutting WF '64 H
"The Stone", NYTimes.com
Gary Gutting blogs frequently for "The Stone", a NYTimes.com blog that "features the writing of contemporary philosophers on issues both timely and timeless," on which other Fellows also appear occasionally.
- Brian Leiter CN '92
One of the blogosphere's early and prolific academics, law professor and philosopher Brian Leiter maintains several blogs and websites. Visit Leiter Reports to learn more.
Read Fellowship's profile of Brian Leiter...
- Ina Lipkowitz CN '88
"Words to Eat By", Psychology Today
Ina Lipkowitz analyzes the connection between language and food.
- Keith Manring WWTF '09
Formerly an IndyStar journalist, Keith Manring left the profession to become a teacher through the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship. A member of the first class of Fellows, Mr. Manring has been chronicling his journey and experience.
Hear Keith talk about his Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship experience...
- Paul R. Pillar WF '69 H
The National Interest
Paul R. Pillar is a contributing editor to The National Interest where he writes a daily blog analyzing politics.
- Edward Tenner WF '65 H
Edward Tenner is a historian of technology and culture. His blog on The Atlantic website addresses a wide variety of subjects from current political issues to the debate over replacing cursive handwriting skills with keyboarding in schools, and more.
Read Fellowship's profile of Edward Tenner...
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- Liz Coleman WF '58
Liz Coleman's call to reinvent liberal arts education
Bennington president Liz Coleman delivers a call-to-arms for radical reform in higher education, proposing a truly cross-disciplinary education—one that dynamically combines all areas of study to address the great problems of our day.
- Dan Dennett WF '63 H
Cute, sexy, sweet and funny -- an evolutionary riddle
Why are babies cute? Why is cake sweet? Philosopher Dan Dennett has answers you wouldn't expect, as he shares evolution's counterintuitive reasoning on cute, sweet and sexy things (plus a theory from Matthew Hurley on why jokes are funny).
Ants, terrorism, and the awesome power of memes
Starting with the simple tale of an ant, Dan Dennett unleashes a devastating salvo of ideas, making a powerful case for the existence of memes—concepts that are literally alive.
Can we know our own minds?
Dan Dennett argues that not only don't we understand our own consciousness, but that half the time our brains are actively fooling us.
A secular, scientific rebuttal to Rick Warren
Dan Dennett calls for all religion to be taught in schools, so we can understand its nature as a natural phenomenon. Then he takes on The Purpose-Driven Life, disputing its claim that, to be moral, one must deny evolution.
- Alice Dreger CN '94
Is anatomy destiny?
Alice Dreger observes that it's often a fuzzy line between male and female, among other anatomical distinctions. Which brings up a huge question: Why do we let our anatomy determine our fate?
- Sophal Ear PP '94
Escaping the Khmer Rouge
Sophal Ear shares the compelling story of his family's escape from Cambodia under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. He recounts his mother's cunning and determination to save her children.
- Doris Kearns Goodwin WF '64
Learning from past presidents in moments of crisis
Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about what we can learn from American presidents and shares a moving memory of her father and of their shared love of baseball.
- Marc Pachter WF '64
The art of the interview
Marc Pachter, who has conducted live interviews with some of the most intriguing characters in recent American history as part of a remarkable series created for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, reveals the secret to a great interview and shares extraordinary stories of talking with Steve Martin, Clare Booth Luce and more.
- Martin Seligman WF '64 H
What positive psychology can help you become
Martin Seligman talks about psychology—as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. As it moves beyond a focus on disease, what can modern psychology help us to become?
- James Surowiecki MN '88
The moment when social media became the news
James Surowiecki pinpoints the 2005 tsunami as the moment when social media became an equal player in the world of news-gathering.
- Edward Tenner WF '65
Every new invention changes the world—in ways both intentional and unexpected. Historian Edward Tenner tells stories that illustrate the underappreciated gap between our ability to innovate and our ability to foresee the consequences.