The New Republic has launched Open University and David Greenberg hits the nail on the head with his opening post. OU's list of contributors: Johns Hopkins' David Bell, Yale's David Bromwich, Tufts' Daniel Drezner, Rutgers' David Greenberg, Yale's Jacob Hacker, Georgetown's Michael Kazin, Texas' Sanford Levinson, McGill's Jacob Levy, Florida State's Darrin McMahan, Manhattan Institute's John McWhorter, Harvard's Elisa New, Harvard's Steven Pinker, UC, Davis' Eric Rauchway, Princeton's Christine Stansell, Harvard's Lawrence Summers, Chicago's Cass Sunstein, Manhattan Institute's Abigail Thernstrom, Brown's Ted Widmer, and Boston College's Alan Wolfe.
With all due respect to Cliopatria's old friends at Crooked Timber, The Valve, and The Volokh Conspiracy, Open University could easily become the most important academic blog on the net. Other, comparable efforts have been launched and failed. This one, I predict, will not fail and it marks a new maturity in the academic blogosphere. See also the comments a little less enthusiastic than my own at Crooked Timber. Thanks to Scott McLemee for the tip.