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September 2, 2010
In my more cynical moments, I sometimes feel like Merlin in T.H. White's The Once and Future King. Merlin had the distinct (dis)advantage of living life backwards, so that he was sometimes a bit vague on what had already happened but remembered well what was yet to come. All this gave him a richly ironic sense of humor which I flatter myself (the "rich" part aside, of course) that I share.
September 1, 2010
In a follow-up to an earlier discussion, a correspondent wrote:
September 1, 2010
So excited that William J. Pepicello, the University of Phoenix’s president, is looking for "media" opportunities. Dr. Pepicello, I'd like to offer you an opportunity to participate in this blog, and the price is zero! Below are a few questions that I'd like to ask. Please send your replies to editor@insidehighered.com and we will post them on this blog. A much better deal than whatever you got from NBC.
September 1, 2010
Classes start tomorrow and my syllabi are finally done. They've been completed for a few days, but I never deliver them to the copy center on time; I prefer making endless micro changes in the vain hope of creating the perfect syllabus. Ideally, a syllabus conveys a tone, makes a clear and compelling argument for the importance of the subject matter, and lays steel traps for potential slackers.
September 1, 2010
But in my shop, only three entries in the “Write Your Heaven” contest could be chosen, on the basis of originality, wordcraft, and evocativeness.Congratulations to:Connie Corzilius SpasserHeaven isthe anteroomthe dim shop on the narrow streetshelves of books and potionsthe walk under brancheshumming with portent
September 1, 2010
I recently attended the Second Science with Africa Conference jointly organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the African Union Commission and many others in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 23 to 25 June, 2010. More than 500 scientists, researchers, representatives of bilateral and multilateral development partners, NGOs, higher education and science and technology ministries attended from more than 50 countries around the world.
August 31, 2010
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August 31, 2010
This article brought back memories. My first administrative gig was at the same college where I got my first full-time faculty job, so I crossed over without switching institutions. That meant that former colleagues were suddenly on the other side.
August 31, 2010
Guest blogger, Karin Sarsenov, writing from Lund, Sweden.Summer is the blessed time for international conferencing, and for yours truly, this summer has been especially fruitful in this respect. At conferences, you are exposed to the difference between national and professional cultures ruling our interaction.
August 31, 2010
Remember Abbie Hoffman’s “Steal This Book!”? Transformed, “Watch This Video!":

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