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October 17, 2010 - 9:45pm
Today I received the first royalty check for my first book, Women, Civil Society and the Geopolitics of Democratization. It was an exciting moment--payment for my work! Knowing someone actually bought my book! A little extra cash when I wasn't expecting it! It made my morning that a whopping 130 copies of my book were somewhere, out there, in the world. I am, I told myself, part of the academic conversation.
October 17, 2010 - 9:40pm
As a teenager in the 1980’s, I saw most of the important teen movies of the era. One of the staples of 80’s teen movies was the moment when the screwup hero realized that he had imbibed (or allowed others to imbibe at a forbidden party) much of what was in the parents’ liquor cabinet -- these houses always had well-stocked liquor cabinets -- and didn’t want to get caught. Invariably, he’d add water to the various bottles to make the cabinet look, at first glance, undisturbed. Tossing bottles would have given the game away.
October 17, 2010 - 9:30pm
I've come to believe that at EDUCAUSE, there is the Conference and the conference. The Conference (large C) is what happens at sessions, the exhibitor floor, and the parties. The conference (small c), with an emphasis on the first two syllables (confer), consists of all the discussions that take place in hotel suites and in small rooms on the vendor floor.
October 17, 2010 - 9:00pm
Last week The Campus Computing Project announced the winners of the 2010 Digital Puck™ awards. The announcement was the part of my EDUCAUSE conference presentation summarizing the results of the 2010 Campus Computing Survey.
October 17, 2010 - 8:30pm
Just a couple of quick thoughts.
October 17, 2010 - 6:33pm
My kids are in 4th grade and in 7th grade. Two week ago we had “meet the teacher night” for the 4th grader and last week we had “meet the teacher night” for the 7th grader. For the 4th grader, her education is centered around one teacher. For the 7th grader, the day has nine separate periods — one is for lunch; the remaining 8, for 7 subjects since English has a double period of time. For my middle school daughter, I followed her exact schedule except each of the classes was substantially abbreviated.
October 17, 2010 - 5:34pm
Like most people I know, I was shocked and saddened by the recent suicide of Tyler Clementi.I have to admit, though, that I am also disturbed by the intensity of expressed rage at the two students who violated his privacy. What they did was wrong, even unconscionable — but they are eighteen years old, by definition works-in-progress.When I have expressed this concern to friends, it is most frequently countered with, “Can you imagine yourself ever doing something like this? Can you imagine Ben playing such a prank?”
October 16, 2010 - 6:15pm
The Youth Literature Festival held here last weekend and sponsored by the College of Education featured an appearance by author Jim Aylesworth, whose work you likely know if you have children or are younger than 35.
October 15, 2010 - 10:31pm
Last June, Inside Higher Education noted a legal case against the University of Calgary, filed by two students there who had been punished in various ways for making highly critical comments about a professor whose course they'd taken.
October 15, 2010 - 11:45am
Editors' note: how can we better understand and map out the phenomenon of international research collaboration, especially in a context where bibliometrics does a patchy job with respect to registering the activities and output of some fields/disciplines (

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