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October 19, 2010 - 9:45pm
I met with my soon-to-be advisor last winter to talk about my Master’s application and the possibility of working together. After discussing our common interests, she gave me a list of publications that I might be interested in reviewing, including “At Home with Pornography” and “Mighty Lewd Books.” A couple of months later I asked my parents to pick up a couple of these titles for me as birthday gifts, not pausing to consider that what has become the norm for me, might be somewhat shocking to them.
October 19, 2010 - 9:28pm
An occasional correspondent writes:Some jobs out there are advertised as requiring a college degree, but the employers don't care what was actually studied. So these employers are in effect using college as a four-year hundred-thousand-dollar screening test, with perhaps a bit of intellectual calisthenics for good measure.
October 19, 2010 - 8:30pm
Here is a slide deck from a presentation that Josh Jarrett, Senior Program Officer in Education, Postsecondary Success at the Gates Foundation, gave on the 9/10/10.If I could think of any slide deck that I think should be passed around the higher ed world, this would be it.
October 18, 2010 - 9:39pm
I’ve been thinking about my wardrobe ever since I read Susan O’Doherty’s piece today in Mama, PhD.
October 18, 2010 - 9:15pm
While looking for the future at EDUCAUSE 2010 I ended up, thanks to Bill Bryson, being captivated by the past. Specifically 19th century England, the years in which the Industrial Revolution changed us from an essentially feudal to a largely modern civilization. We should stipulate that Bill Bryson is a genius, a writer that has built up so much goodwill that due to confirmation bias we start his books prepared to cherish each page.
October 18, 2010 - 8:54pm
Last night The Wife and I were working on The Girl’s Halloween costume. She had planned to dress as Medusa, but we couldn’t get the hair right, so she’s going instead as Cleopatra. The costume involves a dress that’s too long for her, so we were trying to figure out how to shorten it so she wouldn’t trip over it, while not making it look awful. Actual conversation fragment:DD: Well, you could roll it up a little and sort of pin it on the sides...TW: No, that would look terrible.TG: Daddy, you have to think like a girl. What do girls like?
October 18, 2010 - 8:45am
Doesn’t everyone want to be world class? It projects such a nice aura! Recent publications -- first by Altbach & Balán and later by Salmi -- as well as a plethora of rankings help to focus attention on the world’s most successful research universities and the characteristics that place them at the pinnacle of higher education. Institutions such at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Oxford, Cambridge, Tsinghua, etc. are important producers and disseminators of knowledge as well as important incubators for marketable innovation.
October 17, 2010 - 9:45pm
Today I received the first royalty check for my first book, Women, Civil Society and the Geopolitics of Democratization. It was an exciting moment--payment for my work! Knowing someone actually bought my book! A little extra cash when I wasn't expecting it! It made my morning that a whopping 130 copies of my book were somewhere, out there, in the world. I am, I told myself, part of the academic conversation.
October 17, 2010 - 9:40pm
As a teenager in the 1980’s, I saw most of the important teen movies of the era. One of the staples of 80’s teen movies was the moment when the screwup hero realized that he had imbibed (or allowed others to imbibe at a forbidden party) much of what was in the parents’ liquor cabinet -- these houses always had well-stocked liquor cabinets -- and didn’t want to get caught. Invariably, he’d add water to the various bottles to make the cabinet look, at first glance, undisturbed. Tossing bottles would have given the game away.

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