We higher ed policy wonk types come across some extremely interesting or poignant readings we never get to comment on directly, even though it may have considerable influence on our outlooks. One day at the Pope Center, the staff discussed some of the shorter works that have influenced and excited us in the past year or so. They included some timeless classics–Jesse Saffron mentioned Francine Proses’s 20-year-old “I Know Why the Cage Bird Can’t Read–and fresh insights such as Jenna A. Robinson’s pick, “Political Diversity Will improve Social Psychological Science” by, among others, Jonathan Haidt. My choice was Arthur Krystal’s “The Shrinking World of Ideas.”
We then decided to put our mini-reviews into an article for our readers. Here they are.