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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On walking, thinking, and writing

in the past few weeks, we’ve had a number of discussions in my department about writing as an intellectual activity. This essay examines how our physiology engage the mind so that we can more effectively think and write. Why Walking Helps Us Think  Ferris Jabr The New Yorker In Vogue’s 1969 Christmas issue, Vladimir Nabokov […]

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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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Fear and Loathing in Ethnography

We’re into the second week of fieldwork with the field school. I’ve been meeting with research teams and talking about their progress I find that students have two major obstacles to overcome. The  first is moving into the field. The second is setting up and completing interviews Moving Into the Field The first week of […]

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