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Profs as Rockstars

Here is something from the Boston Globe I have overlooked; it appeared about a week ago. It is about how universities poach "stars" from other universities; set them up, they hardly teach, yet it is in the university’s interest to do this. What are the consequences? Interesting, but long article, with many little ti-bits. Here is one on NYU’s taking of Niall Ferguson from Oxford: "One couldn’t imagine all of this happening in Oxford, where there’s a kind of gentleman’s agreement that we’re all equally brilliant," Ferguson says in an interview. "It’s extremely bad form to suggest that one person is as vulgar as to be a star. But it’s rather sweet and flattering to be told you’re good. And it’s positively disorienting to be told you’re a star."

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