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Nicolaus Mills
Nicolaus Mills, a professor of American Studies at Sarah Lawrence College, is author of “Winning the Peace: The Marshall Plan and America’s Coming of Age as a Superpower.”

Entries by Nicolaus Mills

Sticking It to the President

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 4:21 PM

What would it take for today's Republicans to stop trying to stick it to the president? If history is a guide, a much greater international crisis than Russia's invasion of Crimea.

A case in point -- August 12, 1941. That's when, by a 203 to 202 margin, the House...

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Safe at Home: Learning from Jackie Robinson

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 3:17 PM

If all goes well, Major League Baseball will be safer in 2014 thanks to an important change its rules committee is proposing. The committee wants to eliminate violent collisions at home plate between catchers and base runners.

As the Mets general manager, Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules...

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A Longer Look at the Emmett Till-Trayvon Martin Comparison

(4) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 1:11 PM

The "not guilty" verdict acquitting George Zimmerman from criminal charges in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is scary for any number of reasons. Most of all because it reminds us that a racial era we hoped was over is not.

In the Zimmerman case we have an eerie historical...

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Roosevelt and the Affordable Care Act

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 1:10 PM

With six months to go before the main elements of the Affordable Care Act kick in, it's no surprise that the Act's opponents, who have already spent an estimated $400 million on negative television ads, are making a final assault. It is now or never for them.

The surprise...

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The Innocents of Newtown and Christmas

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2012 | 10:04 AM

In the wake of the Newtown shootings, this year's Christmas season has taken on a special poignancy. But it is not just the Nativity with its hope and promise that we should be remembering as we head toward the new year. There is a companion biblical story that should also...

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Plagiarism's Enablers -- Fareed Zakaria

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 2:50 PM

As a college teacher, I have always taken plagiarism seriously. As a result I have been shocked with how leniently Fareed Zakaria, the Time magazine columnist, who also hosts his own CNN show, has been treated for the recent plagiarism that he has admitted to.


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Woody Allen's Roman Holiday

(5) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 7:38 PM

With his newest movie, To Rome with Love, Woody Allen, continues his European film tour. Italy can now be added to Allen's take on England, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger; Spain, Vicky Cristina Barcelona; and France, Midnight in Paris.

But the movie that To Rome...

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Inside the March Against Stop and Frisk

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 5:31 PM

If, like me, you were in the middle of last Sunday's New York City silent protest march against the police department's stop-and-frisk policies, then you know the march wasn't quite silent.

From the start there were quiet conversations going on about how many were present and...

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Imperial University

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 6:03 PM

Commencement season is upon us, and like thousands of other college teachers, I will be saying goodbye to the seniors I know. But I will be saying goodbye worried about the increasing threat to higher education that I see coming from a growing phenomenon--- the imperial university.


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Parents and College Admissions

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 11:09 AM

Last month colleges sent out their acceptances to high school seniors, and the news at some of the most prestigious colleges in the country was not good for those trying to get in. At six of the eight Ivy League schools, fewer than 10 percent of the applicants were admitted,...

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Truman, Obama and Israel

(46) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 2:56 PM

As President Obama struggles to find a diplomatic solution to the Iran crisis and remain a friend of Israel, he would do well to look at what another Democratic president, Harry Truman, did in 1948 while seeking reelection and dealing with the birth of Israel.

After extricating...

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Monumental Differences

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 8:23 PM

With the tenth anniversary of 9/11 now off the front pages, it is time for a sober look at what the 9/11 memorial building tells us. The news, unfortunately, is not good when we compare our own era with that of post-World War II years.

In a 1945...

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Parents, Grads, and the End of the Commencement Season

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 3:20 PM

As a college teacher, I have been going to commencements ever since I got my own Ph.D. I still like them after more than a quarter century of attendance, but as this year's commencement season winds down, I've come to realize that what I most look forward are the parents...

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Blue Valentine's Sexual Politics

(7) Comments | Posted February 1, 2011 | 10:37 AM

When we think of the toll that America's failing economy is having on the poor and on blue-collar workers, we typically think of what we can measure. We focus on those who collect unemployment, who couldn't make mortgage payments or who lost their health care.

What we don't think of...

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Grade Inflation: The A Team

(22) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 12:17 PM

Once upon a time colleges worried about having too many students willing to settle for gentleman's C's. Now they worry about having too many students feeling entitled to automatic A's.

To combat grade inflation, Princeton has adopted guidelines that say no more than 35 percent of...

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(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 10:51 AM

By Nicolaus Mills

These days you have you have to be a person of accomplishment to get your obituary featured in the New York Times or any major paper. Otherwise you are relegated to that long list of unimportant dead who get...

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Higher Ed Bragging Rights

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 10:08 AM

By Nicolaus Mills

If anyone doubts the impact that the ratings game is having on higher education, all he needs to do is look at the way colleges are seeking to increase their applicant pool. As Eric Hoover points out in a recent New...

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In Praise of Fairway

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 3:14 PM

By Nicolaus Mills

If you are an out-of-towner visiting New York, the place to shop is Zabar's. It has an authenticity Bloomingdale's lacks, and the food you bring back from Zabar's, especially from the deli counter, is sure to be different--or just plain better---than...

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College and the New Animal House

(3) Comments | Posted June 7, 2010 | 3:59 PM

The 1978 film Animal House, which featured the late John Belushi as the head prankster of Delta Tau Chi, a college fraternity whose members want as little to do with books as possible, remains one of the best slapstick comedies of all time. But these days the new college animal...

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New York Head Case

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2010 | 8:46 AM

By Nicolaus Mills

If Governor David Paterson has his way, New York State's ban on mixed martial arts will be repealed some time this spring. The sport, which combines boxing, wrestling, and jujitsu and allows a competitor to strike his opponent even when the...

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