Welcome to our Director’s Corner, where we will be posting articles we think may be of interest to the community. Please send us your own suggestions to cis@ucr.edu.

The Party of the University: The institutional memory of Hanna Gray

There is a moment in former University of Chicago President Hanna Gray’s memoir, An Academic Life (published this spring with Princeton University Press), when Gray is appointed to chair Ronald Reagan’s Task Force on the Arts and Humanities, a committee whose object was reputed to be the dismantling of the National Endowments for the Arts and […]

2018-10-23T15:06:22+00:00 October 23, 2018|Categories: Director's Corner|

The Rise of the Promotional Intellectual

The main tasks of a professor are to teach and do research. The two sometimes vie for priority, but together they encapsulate what we expect professors to do, and they take the bulk of weight in yearly evaluations, tenure judgments, and other professional measures.

Now, it seems, a new task has […]

2018-08-07T15:52:50+00:00 August 7, 2018|Categories: Director's Corner|

Whose University Is It Anyway?

TOWARD THE END of his life George Orwell wrote, “By the age of 50, everyone has the face he deserves.” The same is true of societies and their universities. By the time a society reaches its prime, it has the university it deserves. We have arrived there now in Canada, in the middle age of […]

2018-03-08T11:24:27+00:00 March 8, 2018|Categories: Director's Corner|