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October 28, 2009 - 8:48pm
We had the Cornell Interactive Theater CITE come to campus this week to offer workshops on communication issues specific to working in the academy.HR workshops on gender, race, harassment and communication are, in my experience, not productive. The work that CITE does is the exception. Perhaps since the CITE actors emerged out of academia, know our culture, and speak our language, they are able to offer relevant and engaging scenarios that spark authentic discussions.
October 28, 2009 - 8:28pm
A word to the wise (and otherwise): don't get H1N1. Just don't. Do whatever you need to do, but minimize your likelihood of infection. It comes on fast, it comes on strong, and you're not worth a tinker's dam while you're down with it. Not fun.So now, on a lighter note, let's talk about swamp gas. Landfill exhalations. Cow farts. Methane.
October 28, 2009 - 12:53pm
Last week, for Inside Higher Ed, Scott McLemee reviewed a three-day event held at the University of Iowa called “Platforms for Public Scholars." This symposium had as its goal the discussion of integrating humanities studies in academic institutions with civic work. It’s a difficult problem to connect the academy with the public.
October 27, 2009 - 11:12pm
Gaze into the box:I had some fun yesterday doing a nearly hour-long interview on my novel with the local NPR affiliate. I don’t exactly have my NPR voice perfected, but brew up a cup of chamomile and sip it while you listen, and you’ll get the idea.
October 27, 2009 - 9:42pm
Several alert readers sent me this story about Southwestern College, a cc near San Diego. According to the IHE account, the college has banned several faculty, including the past and current presidents of the union, from campus. Their indirect support of a student protest appears to be the reason. (The President is apparently on an extended vacation, which doesn't help.)
October 27, 2009 - 9:27pm
Gardner Campbell will be moderating/participating in an EDUCAUSE POINT/COUNTERPOINT session with myself and John Fritz: "Learning Management Technologies: Enterprise System or Consumer Good?" 
October 26, 2009 - 10:19pm
--Joann Lipman notes in the New York Times that women's advances in the work force seem to have stalled since 9/11/2001, despite the fact that women make up half the work force, and "mothers are the major breadwinners in 40 percent of families." As one of those major breadwinners, I could wish that Lipman had followed through on her analysis of the reasons for women's lack of progress in the work force.
October 26, 2009 - 8:56pm
Where social media make sense to me are as a method of exposing the fact that organizations are made up of people. I don't want to read blog posts or Facebook status updates or tweets from Microsoft, Google, Blackboard, Adobe, Apple etc.... But I do want to hear from the people who work at these companies. Particularly the people who work in the education divisions of these companies.
October 25, 2009 - 9:41pm
These three articles are all about the same thing: kids today...

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