Regardless as where you stand on this, presumably both sides would agree that if universities are to be run on business models that this should not merely involve ‘business-speak’, but also the best possible business practice. Just having the jargon pleases no-one.
This is focused on the UK but includes the scores for all European countries in a pdf file on the right hand side. Intellectual, organizational and financial autonomy are covered.
Reviews of Thinking Fast and Slow – the recent book by a psychologist who won the Nobel Prize for economics – appear in The Financial Times and Vanity Fair as well as the usual book review pages. It documents common errors of judgement that pervade human decision making in governments, companies and universities.
For a detailed review of the second volume of Beckett’s letters in the TLS (Times Literary Supplement) see: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article812332.ece
As Dickens was born in 1812 two anniversary biographies have appeared. For an assessment of their merits vis-a-vis earlier biographies see http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/06/books/review/charles-dickens-biographies-review.html
An academic provides nine ways of looking at the question, ‘Who was Shakespeare?’ This controversy never seems to go away – see the recent book by James Shapiro, Contested Will (in the library) for a summary of all the foolishness and deception involved. There’s a film appearing soon that will support one of the wildest of these theories: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBmnkk0QW3Q
See Shapiro’s review: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/nov/04/anonymous-shakespeare-film-roland-emmerich
As part of the course ‘Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature’ (which includes The Merchant of Venice) students are visiting Groningen Synagogue on Wed. 9 November where they will get a tour of the building and a lecture on Shylockism in British Literature by Wout van Bekkum, the Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at RUG.