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January 21, 2010 - 7:37pm
I'm still depressed about not attending the 2010 EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting, "Learning Environments for a Web 2.0 World."These people are my Tribe, and I feel a sense of loss in being unable to join them in Austin.
January 21, 2010 - 7:28am
Monday our semester begins and I’m struck once again by how fortunate I am to begin again, to start over. How many professions offer the chance to start fresh twice a year? Unlike most years, I haven’t spent my whole break obsessively planning my courses. I’m trying to focus more on my own scholarship and writing, so I decided not to start working on my syllabi until the weekend before. In addition, the recent horrific events in Haiti have made it difficult to focus on much else.
January 21, 2010 - 6:49am
Earlier, I finished the assigned 22 pages of “Chemistry in Context.” I think the last time I studied (and by ‘studied’ I mean read something that someone else assigned) was in the spring of ’94. I had to read a ton of stuff on U.S. politics, which I hated, on comparative politics, which I didn’t mind as much, and all the key texts in theory which fascinated me then, and still do. I did all this for my “Comprehensive Exams,” the last hoop to be jumped through before I could become ABD in NYU’s Dept. of Politics.
January 20, 2010 - 10:56pm
The Wall in My Head: Words and Images from the Fall of the Iron Curtain. Eds. Rohan Kamicheril and Sal Robinson. Open Letter, University of Rochester. November 2009. $12.75.Review by Okla Elliott
January 20, 2010 - 9:41pm
A new correspondent writes:
January 20, 2010 - 8:11pm
The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative's (ELI's) 7 Things You Should Know About series is one of my favorite monthly publications. Recent 7 Things publications included briefs about Next-Generation Presentation Tools, Google Wave, collaborative annotation, telepresence, data visualization, and microblogging.
January 20, 2010 - 2:59pm
After a day of advising, my first class in “Energy and the Environment,” teaching the first class in my own course, “Classical Political Thought,” and doing some laundry, I was wrecked, so I didn’t write last night. Instead, I went to bed where I tossed and turned for a couple of hours while composing this blog post in my head until I drifted off to sleep vigorously forgetting all I planned for this blog post.
January 20, 2010 - 1:03pm
As I drove to campus this morning, my local NPR station was talking about only three subjects -- Haiti, the senatorial election in Massachusetts, and state governments. Some of the coverage of state governments was local, some was from the opposite coast (California). But all of it was related to fiscal crises, and efforts to relieve fiscal crises, and political problems standing in the way of efforts to relieve fiscal crises.
January 20, 2010 - 8:19am
On our recent New Year’s trip to Friday Harbor, Washington, my eight-year old had the chance to reconnect with one of his buddies, a boy his age he’s known and played with since they were toddlers. A group of us went for a long walk in the woods, and the boys tagged along. The boys were shy together at first, but they soon adjusted to their own pace on the hike, falling behind to splash in puddles and pick up sticks.
January 19, 2010 - 9:40pm
I just got an email from a reader who has tenure at hir current college, but is considering a deanship at another college which will not bring tenure with it. S/he asked about the absence of a right of return to faculty in an administrative role.

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