Pierre Desrochers

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Academic Life

Academic Lectures

Academic Earth: Thousands of video lectures by the world’s top scholars

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Fora.tv Conference Channel

MIT OpenCourseWare


Open Yale Courses

TED – Ideas Worth Spreading

Cartoons and Videos

Life in Hell,” Grad School Edition.

Modern Teaching” as viewed by Doonesbury

PhD: Piled High and Deeper. A Grad Student Comic Strip

The illustrated guide to a Ph. D.

The Simpsons – Comments about PhDs and Grad Students

The Grad Student Rap


Arts and Letters Daily

Benton, Thomas H. 2009. “Graduate School in the Humanities: Just Don’t Go.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 30.

Benton, Thomas H. 2010. “The Big Lie About the ‘Life of the Mind’.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 8.

Brennan, Jason. 2015. “Should You Go to Grad School?” Bleeding Heart Libertarians (February 27).

The IHS. 2021. Jason Brennan on How to be a Graduate Student.

Butcher, Jim. 2020. “Should We Decolonise Geography?” Areo (February 11). 

Caplan, Bryan. 2020. “Jason Brennan’s Good Work If You Can Keep It.” Econlib (May 5).

Drezner, Daniel. 2015. “This wasn’t the PhD Advice you were Looking For.” Washington Post (April 24). 

Easterbrook, Gregg. “Who Needs Harvard? The Atlantic online, October 2004.

Foster, Zachary. 2016. “How not to Write: 14 tips for aspiring humanities academics.” Times Higher Education (July 7).

Harris, Monica J. 2010. “Career Advice: Stop Admitting Ph.D. Students.” Inside Higher Ed, August 18.

Hendrickx, Marc. 2008. “Being published does not turn fiction into fact.” The Sydney Morning Herald, November 14.

Ingdahl, Waldemaron. 2006. “Old School.” Tech Central Station, February 9.

On the differences between North American and European academic institutions

Johnson, Paul. 2010. “Are Universities Worth It?” Forbes.com, September 13.

Kinzie, Susan. 2007. “Internet Access Is Only Prerequisite For More and More College Classes.” Washington Post, December 31.

Malcolm Gladwell compares the social logic of Ivy League admissions to his Ontarian experience

McGowan , Ron. 2010. “Colleges, universities shortchanging students.” The Daily Iowan, May 4.

Mulholland, James. 2010. “Neither a Trap Nor a Lie – Advice.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 12.

Muratore, Kathryn. 2008. “My Best Shot at Science Advocacy.” LewRockwell.com, February 23.

Oswald, Andrew. 2013. “Things I Would Have Found it Useful to Have Been Told when I was a Young Researcher.” (April 30).

Segran, Elizabeth. 2014. “Finding Meaning after Academe.” Chronicle of Higher Education (July 7). 

Shaw, Jane S. 2010. “Academic Change We Can Believe In.” The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, March 23.

Shea, Christopher. 2010. “The End of Tenure?” The New York Times, September 3.

Smith, Noah. “Nice Ph.D. Think It Was Worth It?” Bloomberg Views (April 22). 

Sowell, Thomas. 2007. “Prestige Versus Education.” Townhall.com, October 23.

Stanfield, James. 2010. “The Broken University.” London: Adam Smith Institute.

Sternberg, Robert J. 2015. “Career Advice From an Oldish Not-Quite Geezer: You can’t count on your publications and awards to take care of you.” The Chronicle of Higher Education (May 26).

“Short Changed” on Clamour of the Times (Philip Stott)

Strong, Michael. 2006. “Put Your Money Where Your Theory Is.” Tech Central Station, March 1st.

Should academics put their money where their theory is?

SurberJere P. 2010. “Well, Naturally We’re Liberal.” The Chronicle Review, February 7.

Taylor, Lucy A. 2018. “Twenty Things I Wish I’d Known when I Started my PhD.” Nature (November 6).

Texter, Douglas W. 2009. “No Tenure? No Problem. How to make $100,000 a year as an adjunct English instructor.” The Chronicle Review, Volume 55, Issue 26, p. B11.

Weissberg, Robert. 2010. “How Universities Breed Dependency.” The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, May 25.

Wilson, Robin. 2010. “The Ivory Sweatshop: Academe Is No Longer a Convivial Refuge.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 25.

W. W. Bartley III on the marketplace of ideas and the real marketplace

Interdisciplinary Research and Academia

A Personal Introduction to Opportunities and Resources for: Research and Activism in Energy and Environmental Science & Policy
by Daniel M. Kammen (While this comment deals mostly with potential careers in energy policy analysis, I believe it is a good backgrounder for anyone interested in interdisciplinary research.)

Academic Associations to which I belong

Association of American Geographers

Affinity Groups
– Economic Geography
– Energy and Environment
– Historical Geography

Business History Conference

Canadian Association of Geographers

Canadian Regional Science Association

Heterodox Academy 

International Society for Industrial Ecology

Society for the Development of Austrian Economics

Academic Research Websites

The Entrepreneurial Research Portal of the Kauffman Foundation


Heterodox Academy – The Viewpoint Diversity Experience 

Reason TV. Dirty Jobs‘ Mike Rowe on the High Cost of College (Full Interview) (December 13, 2013). 

Adams, Scott. 2011. “How to Get a Real Education.” The Wall Street Journal, April 9.

Cameron Herold: Let’s raise kids to be entrepreneurs, Video on TED.com.

Alsop, Ronald. 2006. “M.B.A. Recruiters’ No. 1 Pet Peeve: Poor Writing and Speaking Skills.” The Wall Street Journal’s Career Journal, January 17.

Are Too Many Students Going to College?” The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 8, 2009.

Buck, Stuart. 2006. “The Value of Education?” The Buck Stops Here, September 6.

Carey, Kevin. 2010. “That Old College Lie.” Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Issue 15 (Winter).

Crawford, Matthew B. “Shop Class as Soulcraft.” The New Atlantis, Number 13, Summer 2006, pp. 7-24.

Grad Skool Rulz

Kawasaki, Guy. 2006. “Ten Things to Learn This School Year.” Signum Sine Tinnitu, August 22.

Leef, George. 2006. “The Skills College Graduates Need.” Clarion Call, No. 390, December 14.

Murray, Charles. 2008. “For Most People, College Is a Waste of Time.” The Wall Street Journal, August 13.

Ponnuru, Ramesh. 2010. “The Case Against College Education.” Time, February 24.

Postrel, Virginia. 2012. “How Art History Majors Power the US Economy.” Bloomberg Views (January 5).

Shaw, Jane S. 2009. “Clarion Call – The Ivory Tower: Crumbling From Within?” The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, April 21.

Space, Kelli. 2011. “My Very Costly College Education.” The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, January 04.

Stein, Ben. 2007. “Old-School Lessons for the College-Bound (Ben Stein on ‘How Not to Ruin Your Life’).” Yahoo Finance, August 17.

Victor Davis Hanson. 2008. “The Humanities Move Off Campus.” City Journal, vol. 18, no 4.


Cameron Herold: Let’s raise kids to be entrepreneurs, Video on TED.com.

Business Rules of Thumb Wiki

Casnocha, Benedict T. 2007. “Three Things to Unlearn from School.” Ben Casnocha: The Blog, July 11.

Don’t try to dodge the recession with grad school.” Penelope Trunk’s Brazen Careerist, February 3rd, 2009.

Manson, Mark. 2015. “Screw Finding your Passion.” Mark Manson.

McArdle, Megan. 2013. “What’s the Use of a PhD?” The Daily Beast (February 21).

Mike Rowe on following your passion (or not, or sort of).

Not sure what to do with your life? Here are some valuable advices from Apple Computers co-founder, Steve Jobs. (Some critical comments on Jobs’ advice by Robin Hanson, Megan McArdle, Arnold Kling and Will Wilkinson.)

Nusbaum, Roger. “Jim Rogers Says Watch It All.” Benzinga.com, March 9, 2010.

Roberts, Russ. 2017. “The Three Blind Spots of Politics.” Medium (June 25).

Sykes, Charles J. “Some Rules Kids Won’t Learn in School Text.” San Diego Union Tribune, September 19, 1996.

Wheelan, Charles. 2012. “10 Things Your Commencement Speaker Won’t Tell You.” The Wall Street Journal (April 30).

Yudkowsky, Eliezer. 2007. “Two More Things to Unlearn from School.” Overcoming Bias, July 12.