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      FW: 11/29/2001 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

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      Subject: 11/29/2001 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers

      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
      for Thursday, November 29.

      *  TEACHING ASSISTANTS at the University of Illinois at
         Urbana-Champaign went on strike Wednesday to protest the
         administration's refusal to recognize their union. The group
         that represents the graduate students said that 10,000
         students had had one or more classes canceled, but the
         university said that the number was much lower.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2001/11/2001112901n.htm

      *  THE CLASS OF 2002 can expect a 6-percent to 13-percent
         contraction in the labor market for new college graduates,
         and graduates with advanced degrees will be even worse off,
         according to a national survey conducted by the Collegiate
         Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2001/11/2001112902n.htm

      *  A CONSUMER-ADVOCACY GROUP and a coalition of scholars and
         academic associations filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday
         challenging an executive order by President Bush that could
         block the release of the records of past presidents. The
         groups argue that the order is an unconstitutional attempt to
         keep presidential records out of public view.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2001/11/2001112903n.htm

      *  SAMFORD UNIVERSITY has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by
         three female professors who charged that they were paid less
         than their male counterparts at the Birmingham, Ala.,
         institution. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2001/11/2001112904n.htm

         scholars at its annual meeting in Washington this week. The
         honorees are: Arthur M. Kleinman, of Harvard University;
         Alessandro Duranti, of the University of California at Los
         Angeles; and Gay Becker, of the University of California at
         San Francisco.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2001/11/2001112905n.htm

      *  THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE Grawemeyer Award for Psychology
         will be awarded today to two pioneers in the field of
         cognitive neuroscience, James McClelland, of Carnegie Mellon
         University, and David Rumelhart, who is on medical leave from
         Stanford University.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2001/11/2001112906n.htm

      *  A FORMER PROFESSOR at the University of Regina, in
         Saskatchewan, was found guilty of fraud and forgery this
         week after admitting that she had used her ex-husband's
         credentials to get hired and obtain research grants.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2001/11/2001112907n.htm

      --> FOR MORE from The Chronicle, go to our World Wide Web
          site at http://chronicle.com


      *  A FEDERAL JUDGE dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday that a
         Princeton University computer scientist and his research team
         had filed against the recording industry and the U.S. Justice
         Department over the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, saying
         there was no "real controversy" between the litigants.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/free/2001/11/2001112901t.htm

      *  QUESTIA MEDIA laid off half of its staff members this month.
         The company, which operates a database of nearly 70,000
         e-books, has been trying to market its services to
         undergraduates, high-school students, and even some college
         libraries. However, the subscriptions -- at $19.95 a month --
         have not sold as well as company officials had planned.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/free/2001/11/2001112902t.htm

      *  MANY AMERICAN HOUSEHOLDS are turning to the Internet as a
         source for information. In doing so, they might be turning
         away from television, suggests a study being released today
         by the University of California at Los Angeles.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/free/2001/11/2001112903t.htm

      --> FOR MORE about information technology in academe, go to


      *  AIMING TO SAVE MONEY, improve training, and increase its
         interaction with the public, the National Guard is paying to
         build computer labs at community colleges where Guard members
         and civilians can take courses through distance education.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2001/11/2001112901u.htm

      --> FOR MORE about distance education in academe, go to


      *  THE JOB MARKET continues to boom for Ph.D.'s in earth and
         space sciences.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/jobs/2001/11/2001112901c.htm

      --> FOR THOUSANDS OF JOBS, and more help with your career, see


      NEW GRANT COMPETITIONS: Grants for research on AIDS.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2001/11/2001112901g.htm

      literacy, software licensing, and more.
        --> SEE http://chronicle.com/events


      LIFE-SCIENCES LURE: Like other Asian countries losing their edge
      to China, Singapore is refocusing its economy and its national
      university on biotechnology.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/weekly/v48/i14/14a03801.htm

      WHAT IS FAIR? States are taking different approaches, based on
      the same federal law, toward tuition rates for illegal
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/free/v48/i14/14a02201.htm

      EMOTION PICTURES: Chris Menges is the best director you've
      probably never heard of, writes Steve Vineberg, a professor of
      theater and film at the College of the Holy Cross.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/weekly/v48/i14/14b01801.htm

      DECONSTRUCT THIS: Scholars weigh in on the imbroglio between the
      author Jonathan Franzen and the talk-show host Oprah Winfrey.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/weekly/v48/i14/14b00401.htm

      --> FOR THE FULL TEXT of those and all other articles from the
      November 30 issue of The Chronicle, go to "This Week's
      Chronicle" at http://chronicle.com/chronicle


      A glance at the fall issue of "Harvard Design Magazine":
      City subways, Plato's cave, and Piranesi's prisons

      To Marshall Berman, the long platforms and barrel-vaulted
      ceilings of the Washington, D.C., subway system feel like a
      "theater of absurdity and cruelty." The professor of political
      theory and urbanism at City College of the City University of
      New York compares the unusual environment to the "philosophical
      spaces" found in Giovanni Battista Piranesi's drawings in
      "Imaginary Prisons" and in the structure of Plato's allegory of
      the cave, from "The Republic."

      Mr. Berman, made "dizzy" and "disoriented" by the Washington
      subway stations, writes that for Plato, the inability to orient
      yourself was "a primary source of dread," harsher than the
      chains that bound the inhabitants of his cave. In Plato's mind,
      the passage from the cave into the sunlight signified an escape
      from enslavement to democracy. The subway, says Mr. Berman, is a
      modern Greek marketplace, featuring (in Washington) escalators
      that seem to "surge up from the bowels of the earth."

      He describes Piranesi's underground world of the "Imaginary
      Prisons" series as clashing and contradictory -- "the purest
      'negative space' ever envisioned." But instead of feeling
      trapped by the gigantic structures in the drawings, he views the
      series as a parable of striving and overcoming. "The subway's
      Piranesian space, intensely dark and bright ... has the power to
      expand and concentrate our minds, so that we can wrestle with
      the unending mystery of who we are."

      To view a drawing from Piranesi's "Imaginary Prisons," see

      The article is online at

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