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June 28, 2011
The University of Venus question of the month: What is the most satisfying part of your job?Afshan Jafar (US) I once asked my undergraduate advisor this same question and he said, "When you're up there in front of the class, teaching, and you see the light bulbs go on in your student's heads . . . there is really nothing like it." I agree.
June 28, 2011
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin. by Erik Larson
June 28, 2011
In my spare time, I've been reading "Global Warming Gridlock: Clearer, More Effective Strategies for Protecting the Planet", by David Victor. Victor teaches at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UCSD.
June 28, 2011
Dear colleagues,
June 28, 2011
Why doesn’t financial aid cover adult basic education?My college’s community has a significant population of adults whose first language isn’t English. Many of them face severely limited employment options as a result. The community also has significant numbers of people with limited literacy and basic math skills.
June 27, 2011
 In "What do the Egyptian student elections mean," part 1, we established the revolutionary break that the student elections of March and April 2011 represented for Egypt. The elections, taking place in every faculty of every public university, were open and fiercely contested.
June 27, 2011
A quick thought experiment: if you were offered your tuition back -- minus any financial aid -- in return for surrendering your bachelor’s degree -- and any graduate degrees thereafter -- would you take it? Just to make things interesting, let’s say that along with returning the credentials, you also have to surrender any intellectual strength you built in college, along with any jobs that required college (and/or higher) degrees and the money you made in them.
June 27, 2011
I’m rejuvenated, revived and relaxed. I feel smart again. Why? I’ve spent the week being an intellectual kid again. Denise exploring the politics of the Western Wall Tunnels, on her recent trip to Israel.
June 27, 2011
Final couplet to an unwritten poem:A desperate way of living, calledGet It While You Can.

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