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August 21, 2009 - 6:51pm
Richard Poirier, man of letters, founding editor of the journal Raritan, and longtime Rutgers University English professor, has died.
August 21, 2009 - 9:23am
Calculus, which I begin teaching again on Monday, is the world of the infinitesimal. Rather than asking about changes over a decade, year, or even second, we ask about changes over lengths of time and space that are so small they approach lengths of zero. We can then talk about changes that happen in an instant, or even a point.
August 20, 2009 - 9:50pm
Although I frequently disagree with Dr. Crazy, I have to give her props on this. There's something anachronistic about the way most colleges do 'office hours' at this point, and we need to rethink them.
August 20, 2009 - 8:33pm
First, let me just state that Sunday's post about Greenback's library was in no way a setup for Tuesday's debut of the Keywords from a Librarian blog. Pure coincidence. Really. Trust me on this one.
August 20, 2009 - 11:20am
I'm pleased to bring you today the second installment of reviews by Katya Cummins, who will be reviewing books from university presses here monthly. If you're a publisher or author and would like Katya to consider reviewing your book for a general audience, please contact me at Oronte.Churm@InsideHigherEd.com.***
August 20, 2009 - 7:30am
Well, I can’t live in denial any longer: the end of my sabbatical is fast approaching.In two weeks I begin teaching four courses, five days a week, chairing a search committee, attending numerous meetings, and re-immersing myself in campus politics.
August 19, 2009 - 9:30pm
With record enrollments this Fall, we've added unprecedented numbers of new sections. That means we've hired dozens of new adjuncts, and given returning adjuncts as many courses as our policy allows. But we haven't added any new staff. And they're gonna feel it.
August 19, 2009 - 8:01am
My household is a bit disrupted this month with a visit from my sister and her family. These get-togethers are rare since they live thousands of miles away in Europe, where my sister and her husband are both professional musicians. We treasure this time when the cousins can spend the days in one long, extended play date, while the grown-ups eat great meals and sample one bottle of wine after another, simply enjoying each other’s company.
August 19, 2009 - 12:04am
So a funny thing happened on the way to summer: I sat down to start writing a book, and when I looked up, summer was over. And my couch has a big indentation in it.Also: My brain hurts. Ouch.But I met my deadline, and that, as our friend Forrest says, is all I have to say about that.
August 18, 2009 - 9:08pm
I write, not from the dead, but from the depths, that murky blob marked library on your campus map, that innocent but somehow chilling link on your institution’s home page, that awkward corner of uncertainty in your otherwise confident professional psyche. Nothing else inside higher ed both unites and repels in quite the same way: everyone seeks information — which is simply the recorded experience and advice of our forebears — yet everyone trembles when they venture beyond the few narrow paths they already know. The campus library is the Great Grimpen Mire of academe.


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