INTERVIEW: NEW U.S. DOCUMENTARY TO LOOK AT LIFE AFTER COAL IN WALES

Originally posted on Colliery Communities:
An American documentary film-maker is to release a documentary next year which will look at the Welsh experience adapting to life after coal. Film-maker Tom Hansell also teaches Appalachian Studies and Documentary Studies at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, and has 20 years experience helping people create media about…

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Writing Ethnography

As the fall semester winds down I find myself looking forward to the spring semester and teaching Writing Ethnography-and advanced undergraduate class that teaches students the ethnographic process and how to write a ethnographic account. Unlike the field school, students will pick their own research sites and spend 10 weeks doing ethnographic observations.  Their final […]

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Fifty Shades of Censorship, or How We Can Learn to Stop Worrying and Let Kids Read by Rosemary Hathaway

Originally posted on Nerdy Book Club:
Sometime in mid-July, I got a text from an English teacher friend at a local high school. She’d just heard, via her principal, that a parent had complained about The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien’s brilliant short-story collection based in part on his own experiences fighting in Vietnam. The…

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Consulting Costs: The “Other Kind” of Administrative Bloat

Originally posted on The Academe Blog:
Although the number of administrators and of administrative staff, as well as the levels of administrative compensation, have continued to increase inexorably, those are hardly the only elements of administrative bloat. Paradoxically, although one would think that, at some point, there would be enough administrators to cover almost any…

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