The Draft Dodger Legacy

  In an article published last July in the New York Daily News, Wayne Barrett, a biographer of Donald Trump, is quoted as saying that Trump’s evasion of the draft “fit a pattern… Continue reading

“Automation, Automation, Automation”

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
In the 30+ years since I first looked into using digital technology in the classroom, my enthusiasm for it has waned. Today, I guess I have to classify myself…

Remembering Elsie Janis

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
At the end of The Big Show: My Six Months with the American Expeditionary Forces (1919), Elsie Janis wrote: Now I must call a halt. I love talking, and as…

CUNY at the Turning Point

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New York City College of Technology, the City University of New York campus where I teach, has now spent more than a decade a decade improving itself on…

No Laughing Matter: Pseudo-Journalism and Its Impact on American Politics

Remember Jeff Gannon? Probably not. He caused a minor furor during the W. administration: Conning his way into the White House press corps, Gannon (his real name is James Guckert) managed to ask… Continue reading

Reclaiming the Value of the Humanities

Originally posted on ACADEME BLOG:
Maybe we can blame it all on Sputnik. Sixty years ago, next year, the Russians panicked the Americans via satellite… literally. Suddenly, research had to be sped up…

A Hundred Miles Down the Road

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From the editorial of the May/June 2016 issue of Academe: At the end of his epic trilogy U.S.A., John Dos Passos writes: “A hundred miles down the road. Head…

Why the AAUP Should Censure Mizzou’s Board for Firing Melissa Click

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The AAUP today issued a report on the University of Missouri, condemning the Board’s decision to fire Melissa Click. The full report is well worth reading, and I have…

Book Review: “Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy” by Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber

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  One of my favorite songs by the novelist/songwriter Richard Fariña (whose life was cut tragically short by a motorcycle accident) is called “Mainline Prosperity Blues.” It ends…


When Industrial Age technology began to catch up with the printing trade, several things happened. One of these was the splitting of a single profession into several. Though there had been compositors and… Continue reading