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February 2, 2011 - 9:09pm
Still marooned by snow -- seriously, guys, the bloom is off the rose -- I had the chance to devour Academically Adrift, by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa. It’s a study of student performance on the Collegiate Learning Assessment exam, focusing particularly on demonstrated critical thinking skills. It’s the book that made headlines with its claim that most students don’t learn anything during their first two years of college. As someone who works at a two-year college, I considered the gauntlet thrown.
February 2, 2011 - 8:45pm
From the archives - this post was originally published at http://uvenus.org on 2010.02.17.
February 2, 2011 - 8:11pm
If you’ve been snowed in and have a little time on your hands -- as I do in Chicago — then I bet you’ve either read or heard about Stephanie Coontz’s new book, A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s.
February 2, 2011 - 7:30pm
Yesterday, I wrote about what I learned about Capella U. The discussion around the post was great - a challenging, honest, and positive dialogue.Today I'd like to share some of my hopes for Capella:
February 2, 2011 - 6:45pm
It's a confusing time to be working to promote sustainability at Greenback U. We're proud of what we've done to date, but we don't seem to be progressing much further right at the moment. We've had good backing from the higher-ups for a couple of years, but now sponsorship and support at the "suit" level seems to have gone AWOL. And, while for years our discussions have focused on energy and emissions and costs and (when I can work it in) society, now all of a sudden we're talking about "optics".
February 2, 2011 - 8:45am
Most readers know what collegeACB is: a gossip or rumor site that targets college campuses. I have written about it before. I am writing about it again because I have my suspicions that site owners and/or their personnel seed the site. What else would account for such obviously inflammatory and sickening statements made against minorities the first day of the semester?
February 1, 2011 - 11:15pm
Eugene Alper is a talented cat. Translator (Anton Chekhov: A Brother's Memoir, by Mikhail Chekhov), actor (catch him on Law & Order: LA), and musician, here he reads his translations of poet Tatiana Kuzovleva then performs hauntingly beautiful music he wrote to her Russian lyrics.
February 1, 2011 - 11:15pm
South African memoirist Glen Retief is an Assistant Professor of Creative Nonfiction at Susquehanna University. Here he’s prepared an audio essay on teaching travel writing to American students abroad, recorded in part while staying with them in a Xhosa seaside village just three weeks ago.
February 1, 2011 - 11:15pm
The Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, documents, studies, and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. The SFA is a member-supported organization of more than 800 chefs and academics, writers and eaters. In the Atlantic Monthly, Corby Kummer dubbed the SFA “this country’s most intellectually engaged food society.”
February 1, 2011 - 11:15pm
Etgar Keret, Israeli writer (Missing Kissinger, The Girl on the Fridge) and filmmaker (Jellyfish, winner of the Caméra d’Or at Cannes and Best Director Award of the French Artists and Writers’ Guild) reads his short story “Shoes.”


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