Op-Ed writers have a knack for conceptual distillation and, sometimes, a timely opening sentence. Such is the case with chairman of the religion department at Columbia Mark C. Taylor’s “Ending the University as We Know It” published in the April 26 edition of the New York Times. Taylor’s analysis, and polemical proposals, make visible the organized contradictions that drive graduate education and that filter out and end up shaping the working life of all of us who are committed to higher learning. I’m especially interested in his thoughts about how knowledge might be organized and taught by questioning disciplinary frameworks and traditions. What might we do structurally to transform our local institutions to heal the divisions that ail us in our professional lives? What cherished ways of doing things might we give up to ameliorate the professional angst so many feel in this line of work? These were some of the questions I was left asking upon reading Taylor’s piece. While I always question the notion that we are at some kind of turning or tipping point (these moments are more rare than the op-ed rhetoric would have us think), I do think there are new ways to re-imagine what we do, and I recommend Taylor’s contribution to our thinking about where we go from here.