A military attack
on Iraq "is not in America's national interest,"
declared a September 26 New York Times advertisement
coauthored by "realist" John J. Mearsheimer, the
R. Wendell Harrison distinguished service professor of political
science, and signed by 33 other scholars.
The ad irked
Georgetown professor Robert J. Leiber, who wrote a lengthy
critique of it—or, more precisely, its "flawed
application" of realist foreign policy—in the
October 18 Chronicle of Higher Education. But more
than half the ad's signatories weren't realists,
Mearsheimer and coauthor Stephen M. Walt, who recently left
Chicago for Harvard, pointed out in a November 15 Chronicle
"Counterpoint"—rather scholars who believe
"an invasion of Iraq is the wrong war in the wrong
place at the wrong time."
The ad's impact
beyond academe is debatable. Nicholas Lemann argued in the
September 16 New Yorker that the perspective of Mearsheimer
and other international-relations scholars "isn't being
considered in Washington."
et al. can get some publicity pointers from the "glamour
queen of moral philosophy": Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst
Freund distinguished service professor in law & ethics,
who made the September 29 Chicago Tribune Magazine
cover story. Author Julia Keller's profile of the "loved
or hated but impossible to ignore" Nussbaum lauded
her professional triumphs and relayed some tangles from
her personal life-and left it to readers to join the fans
or the detractors of "the Martha show."
Fans of the GSB likely noted that
Northwestern's and Chicago's B-schools captured No. 1 and
2 (respectively) in BusinessWeek's rankings issue.
Observed Chicago Tribune business columnist David
Greising, "We keep wanting them to come out swinging.
To set aside this...genteel mutual respect and really talk
some trash about each other." Greising got no satisfaction
from Chicago's Edward Snyder or Northwestern's Dipak Jain.
"This is good for the city," Snyder said. Shrugged
Jain: "No. 1, No. 2-they're both high." When pressed,
Jain ceded, "I'd give it to them." Did you hear