Higher Education Webcasts

University of Venus

GenX Women in Higher Ed, Writing from Across the Globe

March 23, 2011 - 9:00pm
I have recently been awarded a small course development grant meant to use blogs in the teaching of European studies. I already had an idea about what I wanted to do: help students create and administer a web space where information about European politics, media, culture, and student life is presented in bilingual fashion (with posts in Swedish or English and in the foreign language of choice or in the mother tongue of students in the Bachelor and Master respectively).
March 22, 2011 - 9:15pm
Today writing about ethics in academics became a necessity, after all that has been happening in Japan for the past week.
March 20, 2011 - 9:00pm
Governor Rick Perry of Texas recently challenged educators to offer degrees costing $10,000 (A
March 17, 2011 - 10:30pm
I like tigers. The animal, that is, not the human variety that has cropped up lately. Amy Chua’s book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom” has gotten a lot of attention in the press for the shocking admissions of her parenting style. I won’t discuss her parenting here. But since she is a professor at Yale Law School, her book made me wonder: what is she like in the classroom?
March 16, 2011 - 9:16pm
“One baby, one book,” my adviser told me, when as an ambitious, twenty-three-year-old, Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University, I announced my impending marriage to the Briton who had fatefully sat across from me at our Clare College Matriculation lunch. As any woman visiting a website entitled, “University of Venus” knows, such tidily orchestrated plans never play out as expected.
March 15, 2011 - 9:30pm
What will the university of the future look like?
March 13, 2011 - 8:30pm
For all of my pie-in-the-sky musings about why
March 10, 2011 - 7:30pm
My university has one of the worst health records around. In the past five years, four colleagues and two staff members have died due to coronary heart failure and stroke. There are also quite a number of workers who have suffered heart attacks. The succession of deaths (and the rate of hospitalization for others with chronic illness, particularly borderline diabetes) was so alarming that HMOs have to charge us more than a 100% increase in our annual group premiums.
March 9, 2011 - 6:45pm
Since I became an administrator, I have had a yearly performance evaluation. Over all, they have been positive, but I am consistently criticized for one thing, year after year: my lack of “swagger.”It is a confusing thing to be criticized for. When I look up “swagger” on dictionary.com, I find:–verb (used without object)1. to walk or strut with a defiant or insolent air.2. to boast or brag noisily.–verb (used with object)
March 8, 2011 - 7:30pm
Do we need politicians with a serious academic background to increase the general quality of the public debates? Or, is academia (only) a source of symbolic power and influence for politicians and, in general, public figures, and a step in their career to top positions in the establishment?

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