New Books Network

A. R. Ruis, “Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat: The Origins of School Lunch in the United States” (Rutgers UP, 2017)
In this this interview, Dr. Carrie Tippen talks with A.R. Ruis about the 2017 book Eating to Learn: Learning to Eat The Origins of School Lunch in the United States – published in 2017 by Rutgers University Press. Ruis narrates the development of school lunch programs from the late 19th... Read More
Daniel T. Kirsch, “Sold My Soul for a Student Loan” (Praeger, 2019)
With free college in the national conversation, there’s been no better time for Daniel T. Kirsch’s new book Sold My Soul for a Student Loan: Higher Education and the Political Economy of the Future (Praeger, 2019). Kirsch teaches at California State University, Sacramento. American colleges and universities boasts an impressive... Read More
Paul Reville, “Broader, Bolder, Better: How Schools and Communities Help Students Overcome the Disadvantages of Poverty” (Harvard Ed Press, 2019)
If we want children from poor families and communities to succeed in school, then we must pay attention to more than merely what happens in school. With twelve case studies highlighting an array of Integrated Student Support (ISS) strategies from throughout the U.S., Paul Reville shows us that we already... Read More
Jay Driskell, “Schooling Jim Crow: The Fight for Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington High School” (UVA Press, 2014)
Professor Jay Driskell, author of Schooling Jim Crow: The Fight for Atlanta’s Booker T. Washington High School and the Roots of Black Protest Politics (University of Virginia Press, 2014), traces the roots of black protest politics to early 20th century Atlanta and the fight for equal education. In 1919 the... Read More
Jonathan Haidt, “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas are Setting Up a Generation for Failure” (Penguin, 2018)
We say on this show all the time that democracy is hard work. But what does that really mean? What it is about our dispositions that makes it so hard to see eye to eye and come together for the greater good? And why, despite all that, do we feel... Read More
Anthony Kronman, “The Assault on American Excellence” (Free Press, 2019)
Anthony Kronman, former dean of Yale Law School, has written an account of his view of the decline of the American university from a bastion of free inquiry and an arena for the pursuit of excellence to become a vocational training school and mere reflection of the wider society. In... Read More
J. Neuhaus, “Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intellectuals, Introverts, and Nerds Who Want to Be Effective Teachers” (West Virginia UP, 2019)
The things that make people academics — a deep fascination with some arcane subject, often bordering on obsession, and a comfort with the solitude that developing expertise requires — do not necessarily make us good teachers. Jessamyn Neuhaus’s Geeky Pedagogy: A Guide for Intellectuals, Introverts, and Nerds Who Want to... Read More