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February 1, 2011
Poet and essayist Art Homer was born in the Missouri Ozarks and spent his childhood there and in the Pacific Northwest of California and Oregon. He worked on forest trail crews, as an animal caretaker, and as a journeyman ironworker before taking a BA at Portland State University and an MFA at the University of Montana, where he studied with Richard Hugo, Madeline DeFrees, and Tess Gallagher.
February 1, 2011
Lee Gutkind, “godfather” of the creative nonfiction movement, talks here with his son, Sam, who’s 19, on their memoir Truckin' With Sam: A Father and Son, the Mick and the Dyl, Rockin' and Rollin', on the Road (SUNY Press, 2010). The conversation is moderated by Stephen Knezovich, Associate Editor of Creative Nonfiction.
February 1, 2011
Country after country announces national policy to pick leading research universities, lavish resources upon them, and thrust them higher into international leadership. China, Germany, and Japan are three of the powerhouse examples, even though their higher education system otherwise differ greatly.
February 1, 2011
We were all pretty much snowbound yesterday, yet again, so The Wife and I decided to use some streaming goodness to introduce the kids to Fat Albert.
February 1, 2011
I wanted to write my next post on something completely different, but after recently reading a series of articles and discussions published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, I determined a change of menu was in order. I simply felt that any other subject is not worthy to be addressed now, and driven by this sense of high urgency, I started passionately drawing in my mind the writing plan of this post.
February 1, 2011
The first for-profit EDU to take me up on my offer to connect has been Capella University. I spoke with Capella's Mike Buttry, VP Corporate Communications and Keith Koch, VP Next Generation Learning. Both Mike and Keith are very interested in building a dialogue across the higher ed community, and they both appear to be willing to address head on the criticisms most often leveled at for-profit education.
February 1, 2011
Radio Free AWP will start tomorrow as planned [if you're reading this, it's already begun; click the logo of my blog, The Education of Oronte Churm, above, to see the podcasts and giveaways!--Churm], but I'll be kicking it off from the modest blogging office in Churm House, by which I mean the old maternity rocker ne
February 1, 2011
The CHE has a story today with the lead headline: iPhone App Raises Questions About Who Owns Student InventionsI await complete comment until the opportunity to review the rules of the new policy established in light of the events that spawned the issue. But I have some general thoughts already.Students in a programing class wrote a break-out iPhone app downloaded over a quarter of a million times and suddenly the university wants a piece of the action.
January 31, 2011
From an early age we drill into children’s heads that they need to work hard to go to college so they can prepare for a successful life. Many students and their families take out loans and drain savings to pay for college. And for what? Are they getting what they pay for?
January 31, 2011
Is academic hiring meritocratic? The author of this piece assumes that it is. As someone whose job it is to actually hire faculty, I can attest that merit is only a small part of the picture.

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