When is a research subject beaten to death? Never?

At a conference put on by the Texas Public Policy Foundation —  whose recommendations for restructuring higher education include emphasizing teaching and less research — senior fellow Ronald Trowbridge told the audience that 21,674 scholarly articles were published on William Shakespeare from 1980 to 2006, and asked:

“Do we need the 21,675th?”

University of Texas President William Powers Jr. reply, as cited by The Statesman:

Yes, we do.

“It’s very hard to know today what (research) is going to be valuable in the future.”

He has called on the Board of Regents to protect research on the Austin campus.