WW Perspectives

WW’s Call for Federal/State Balance in Education Policy

As the 114th Congress begins this week, much attention is on education issues. Senator Lamar Alexander, the new chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, has already expressed his desire to fast-track legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, currently known as No Child Left Behind.


A Big Year for WW Fellows, Part III: One for the Books

In Part III of the 2014 list of Woodrow Wilson Fellows’ accomplishments, we feature Fellows whose books have received significant notice. Book Awards and Recognitions National Book Award poetry finalist, This Blue—Maureen McLane MN ’89 National Book Award nonfiction long-list, Heathen School: A Story of Hope and Betrayal in the Age of the Early Republic—John […]


A Big Year for WW Fellows, Part II: For the Win

Here’s the second part of our roundup of Woodrow Wilson Fellows who’ve garnered significant honors this year. In Part II, we look at Fellows who have received major awards and prizes, including one that’s not just national but international. Medals and Major Awards Kavli Prize in Astrophysics—Alan H. Guth WF ’68 In May 2014, MIT […]


A Big Year for WW Fellows, Part I: Stepping Up

For many years, Woodrow Wilson Fellows have been achieving national and international recognition for their work—ongoing proof that WW has an eye for talent. This year has been no exception. Here’s the first of three posts featuring some of our Fellows’ accomplishments this year. Part I looks at some professional and academic appointments like election […]


Great Hera! It’s a new Jill Lepore book!

Fellow reveals secret history of Wonder Woman Wonder Woman, disguised as Jill Lepore, has been putting a lot of miles on the invisible plane recently. The David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard, 1993 Newcombe Fellow, and New Yorker staff writer has been just about everywhere promoting her new book, The Secret […]


WW approach models university partnerships, anticipates new regulations

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education released a set of proposed regulations for teacher preparation. Among other things, the new rules, if enacted, would require schools of education—and all other entities that prepare teachers, whether based on campuses or not—to provide data on how their teachers do in getting jobs, and, once they […]


“Protracted Conflict”: How the crisis in Ukraine became the new Cold War

Robert H. Legvold WF ’62 assesses the damage to date This story appeared in our Fall 2014 newsletter. To view the full newsletter online, click here. “No one should casually label the current confrontation between Russia and the West a ‘new Cold War,’” Robert Legvold WF ’62 wrote this summer in Foreign Affairs—but a new […]


The exploitation of revolutionary ideals in the Middle East

Shahla Talebi CN ’06 on the past and current unrest This story appeared in our Fall 2014 newsletter. To view the full newsletter online, click here. In the complexity of Middle Eastern affairs today, a 2006 Newcombe Fellow, socio-cultural anthropologist, and professor of religious studies explains, revolutionary ideals, religious commitments, and social tensions are mobilized […]


New outbreak, old wounds for Liberians at home and in the U.S.

  Yolanda Covington-Ward MN ’01 reframes the suffering of Ebola This story appeared in our Fall 2014 newsletter. To view the full newsletter online, click here. It’s been over a decade since the end of Liberia’s last bloody and devastating conflict, but this fall, for some Liberian immigrants in the United States, a ringing phone brings […]


Forbes features WW Trustee’s work in transforming urban education

“I sometimes get up in the middle of the night because I still feel like I’m not doing enough,” Woodrow Wilson Trustee George Weiss tells Forbes magazine in a story this week on Say Yes to Education, the nonprofit organization that he founded and heads. (Woodrow Wilson president Arthur Levine has served proudly on the […]



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