University Diaries

A professor of English describes American university life.

A professor of English describes American university life.

February 13, 2013 - 10:01pm
For the last two days UD has been in Washington DC, at a high-level gathering of federal government, Gates Foundation, and university people, all of whom convened to talk about how to use online technology to improve education for American students, from elementary to graduate school.
January 28, 2013 - 8:45pm
Everybody - but everybody - is over the moon about MOOCs.  The latest thing is Tom Friedman and fellow biggies at Davos hyperventilating about them. UD has a MOOC, on poetry, and although it's relatively small (2,000 rather than 200 billion students), it has earned her a modest acclaim.  She is currently preparing a new MOOC, on the novels of Don DeLillo.
November 18, 2012 - 4:59pm
Okay, since injury and death at the hands of our universities' Greek culture is clearly becoming the story of the year, let's begin by getting one thing straight. We're not going to get anywhere with this subject until we excise the phrase Greek culture.
November 12, 2012 - 11:30am
"Kentucky is the ugly truth the NCAA wants to hide, and Duke is the hysterical lie they hide it with."
November 12, 2012 - 11:30am
"Kentucky is the ugly truth the NCAA wants to hide, and Duke is the hysterical lie they hide it with."
October 3, 2012 - 10:14am
... the University of Hawaii system; and UD has spent as little time as possible scrutinizing its zillion-dollar-and-rising-by-the-minute athletic deficit, its pilfering administrators, the shady politicians who oversee the joint, etc., etc.
August 19, 2012 - 9:03pm
As we segue toward September, UD offers three cautionary tales about recent efforts on the part of American universities to go corporate.
August 6, 2012 - 11:10am
Quietly the UCLA newspaper notes, a few days after it hit the Associated Press, the Harvey/Bystritsky story. Campus newspapers aren't set up to cover big breaking stories (do you follow Penn State events in the Daily Collegian?), so as this one develops (and it will develop), the Daily Bruin will be worth checking mainly for local comments and letters about a lawsuit against a UCLA professor and the UC Board of Regents that has the potential to be a very big story.  Not, say, Anna Nicole Smith big, but big.
July 1, 2012 - 7:23pm
The storied criminal career of University of Georgia football rushes forward with the impetuosity of a naked boot leg play. Winner of the 2010  Fulmer Cup for the most arrested university team in America, Georgia refuses to rest on its laurels. Every recruitment year is an adventure in felony, each month a fresh rap sheet.
June 10, 2012 - 9:20pm
You want cynicism? You want clever, obscene, hilarious cynicism? James Joyce's Ulysses is a real gusher.

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