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Academic Exchange September 1999 Contents Page

Should Emory have a rigorous, uniform process of post-tenure review?

Should internal resources such as University Research Committee grants be closed to senior faculty?

How can Emory provide support for its faculty without reducing the challenge to "push the envelope?"
How can Emory remain attractive by providing opportunities that will nurture young talent and lure it away from other magnets of academic prestige? Does the University make it easy for some faculty to pursue minimum programs of research without getting external support?

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What is an apology? Are public confessions and expressions of remorse by public figures steps toward healing, or are they acts of cathartic self-indulgence?
In "The Confessions of a War Maker and a War Resister," (Michigan Quarterly Review, Summer 1999) Janet Landman, author of the authoritative study, Regret (Oxford University Press), studies the remorseful analyses by Robert McNamara and Katharine Power of their involvement in, respectively, the planning of the Vietnam War and the violent resistance to it. McNamara's retrospective accounts in a recent book and in interviews, including one with Landman for this essay, as well as Power's letters to and interviews with Landman, provide the source material for Landman's commentary on the act of confession in contemporary American culture. Is confession a legitimate and sufficient act of contrition, or is it an exhibitionistic gesture that mocks the victims? Is it reasonable to expect forgiveness from family and friends of the victims, and from society at large?
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Are advanced reproductive technologies leading to "boutique medicine?"
Should women seeking to have children without a male partner be permitted access to artificial insimination with donor sperm, or should these treatments be reserved for patients with medical disorders?
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