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May 10, 2009 - 9:22pm
Congratulations on your achievement. I've heard some grumbling among you, and I have to acknowledge the truth: you're graduating into a nasty job market. It's a brutal time to try to break in. This isn't your fault, and it isn't your college's, either; sometimes the market just breaks that way. As painful as that is, it's worth giving some thought.
May 10, 2009 - 5:29pm
I have been asked to write about a dilemma many academics face now: whether to stay or go. What do you do if you hate your job, or if your hours are non-negotiable and incompatible with your kids’ schedules?
May 10, 2009 - 12:56am
Do you know the writer Thomas E. Kennedy? I’m embarrassed to say I only learned of his work a couple of years ago. Though he’s had devoted fans for decades and won many of the top prizes, Kennedy is one of those people who’ve lived several lives—writing or otherwise—without due notice, a mistake that’s being rectified now as mainstream publishing, the media, and critics catch on.
May 8, 2009 - 6:32am
The unusually large reductions in state appropriations to higher education in many states and the impact of the current record setting economic decline on other sources of university funding has pushed institutional responses into high visibility. We usually interpret America’s never ending economic crisis in higher education as instances of unique phenomena, each one requiring new dramatic response. We react with surprise, alarm, and exceptional rhetoric to the cyclical downturns in public funding or private support. We dramatize the dire consequences that reduced funding will cause.
May 7, 2009 - 9:41pm
--Blackboard is buying Angel. As soon as we got the news, we made an appointment to meet with some counterparts who use Moodle or Sakai. Blackboard has been colossally unhelpful in its upgrade cycle -- Angel had been one of the more viable alternatives. Now, not. I anticipate a sharp spike in the use of open source platforms.
May 7, 2009 - 8:58pm
If, God forbid, your sister was violently murdered, to what ends would you go to make sure no one else ever suffered the same fate? That question is a question that has occupied the prayers and thoughts of one of the local Ursuline Sisters, as she discerned what her actions should be to protest the role of the U.S. in training the people many believe were responsible for the brutal deaths of her local fellow Ursuline Sister, Dorthy Kazel and three other American Churchwomen in El Salvador in 1980.
May 7, 2009 - 3:50pm
A week ago, Paul Krugman published an op-ed piece which pretty much sums up the relationship between sustainability and the US economy. In a nutshell, he explains why the objections being pushed by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Club for Growth, the American Enterprise Institute and similar organizations are entirely bogus, and why some sort of climate-based environmental regulation is precisely what we need to create economic growth.
May 7, 2009 - 4:41am
For the last three months a German film student has been living in the basement of my Chicago home. David is a foreign exchange student, but he is also an intern who is assisting my partner and me with completing our latest documentary.
May 6, 2009 - 9:52pm
TB: Yesterday I was scared when I was in my room. I thought I saw an alien go by outside the window. DD: Really? TB: Yeah. I thought he landed on the roof. DD: He couldn't land on the roof. It's slanted. TB: Santa lands on the roof. (pause) TB: Santa has magic, though. DD: True. Aliens would slide off the roof. And when was the last time you saw an alien lying on the ground, saying “that's gonna hurt tomorrow”? TB: (laugh) DD: Besides, aliens seem to like deserts better. There aren't any deserts around here.
May 6, 2009 - 5:19pm
When my novel (due out July 1) was accepted for publication, I announced it here under the title, “Hot Dog! My First Book!”. Today I have the pleasure to say I’ve signed a contract for my second book, a brief nonfiction history of the community where my novel is set, with The History Press.

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