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August 18, 2010 - 9:34pm
This is one of those “individually rational, collectively insane” moments. The New York Times reported that some of the federal stimulus money that was supposed to save the jobs of teachers, police officers, and other public employees is instead being squirreled away by states and school districts, in anticipation of even lower tax revenues next year. The quote that jumped off the screen for me was:
August 18, 2010 - 9:15pm
Dorothea Salo has an interesting post at the Book of Trogool. She wonders about the mission of academic libraries, and about one paradox in particular: Can libraries support the open access movement by reallocating funds from paying for content to providing support for open access publications, or does that somehow go against the library's mission to support its local clientele?
August 18, 2010 - 8:34pm
Much like new parking stickers, greetings from the dean, freshman orientation, long lines at the campus bookstore, and the reception to welcome new faculty and staff, the annual Beloit College "Mindset List" has become one of the back-to-campus rituals of American higher education. The Beloit List was launched in 1998 as a way to help academics understand the coming of age experience of the nation’s college freshmen.
August 18, 2010 - 8:14pm
Like many who enjoyed Elizabeth Gilbert’s travel memoir Eat, Pray, Love, I’m excited to see the film, but wary, since my pleasure in reading it derived less from the plot and more from Gilbert’s prose and her skill in interweaving personal with factual. I particularly enjoyed the first section of her journey, which describes her travels in Italy and the intense pleasure of eating as Gilbert let go of the usual restrictions white middle class American women impose on themselves.
August 18, 2010 - 3:38pm
In international higher education, we are judged by the company we keep. Thus, it is of great importance that universities choose their partners carefully, make sure that their “brand” and reputation is protected, and that the partnership provides benefits to all sides.
August 18, 2010 - 3:15pm
I was thinking, over my second cup of coffee, just how blunt, accusatory, vehement, vituperative, vicious is the verbiage used by many climate change deniers. If you go with the theory that apparent anger is usually an expression of inner fear, a lot of people must be really threatened by the idea that human activity has consequences.
August 18, 2010 - 9:15am
Last winter semester, I didn’t teach. It was by choice, but it was a choice that dates back to 2001 when I first met the man who would eventually be my husband. I was just starting my PhD and he, after some time off school, had his sights firmly set on grad school and a PhD.
August 18, 2010 - 7:10am
I’ve come to the end of a three-week writing retreat. My husband and I have both been working on writing projects as visiting scholars at the Whiteley Center at the Friday Harbor Labs on San Juan Island, Washington. Over the years the labs have become more than an academic setting for us; it’s a second home for our family. Although we’re only seasonal and short-term residents, we’ve come to know people at the labs and in the community with whom we renew ties every year.
August 17, 2010 - 9:13pm
Last Sunday, when it was particularly hot outside and we were mostly stuck inside, TG declared that she was going to pretend to be an alien from another planet, observing human behavior. (That’s my girl!) She followed us around for a while, writing down her observations. I’ve transcribed them below; only the spellings have been changed.
August 17, 2010 - 3:00pm
OK, this one is going to take a little explaining.Once upon a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth (starting in 1962), there was an animated TV series called "Rocky & His Friends". Rocky was a flying squirrel (you could tell by the leather aviator helmet and goggles), and his #1 friend was Bullwinkle J. Moose. (Indeed, reruns of the series were later titled "Rocky & Bullwinkle" and later "The Bullwinkle Show".

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