‘Distant Reading’ English Syllabi

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There has been a great deal of interest in the Open Syllabus Project, including an article in The New York Times. I thought I’d take a look at it…

Power and Action

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When I cornered Richard Leakey to ask him about the elephant that had once chased me but had let me go, he responded, “The elephant wasn’t interested in…

Hello to All That

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An academic career never seemed a possibility for me until I was in my fifties. Unlike most who end up teaching in colleges and universities, I was never…

Across the Great Divide

With the Bundys of Nevada and, now, Oregon claiming individual sovereignty over government and Donald Trump claiming that all we need to do is trust in the skills of his arrogance, pundits are… Continue reading

“Victimhood” As an Ableist Conceit

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What sort of disability might Arthur Brooks have? I don’t know, and I can’t tell immediately through the medium of the Internet. I suppose I could use that…

Beyond Standards

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My father used to ask a student to draw a line a meter long on the blackboard, take a look and tell the student the length was not…

The Humbug of Copyright

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A couple of days ago, I discovered that ¿Cuánto te Asusta el Caos?: Política, Religión y Filosofía en la obra de Philip K. Dick is available in a…

Tragedy Compounded, History Continued

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The closest I’ve been to Bamako in Mali is a truckstop town called San, about 200 miles to the east. I was travelling to Bobo-Dioulasso after a trip…

The AAUP’s Digital Future

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Over the three years of my involvement with the AAUP, I’ve watched this venerable faculty institution complete a reorganization and begin a process of revitalization that is already…

Assumptions and the Class Divides they Confirm

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In the mid-1970s, when I was young and even more ignorant of the ways of the world than I am today, I learned that it was becoming necessary…