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April 1, 2010 - 9:13pm
The "what ten books have influenced you?" meme is making its way around the blogs, and while I don't usually do memes, this one is just too much fun to pass up. In fairness, I have to admit that I've interpreted "books" pretty liberally below.In roughly chronological order, defined by when I read them:
April 1, 2010 - 4:18pm
No, this information does not originate with the Finnish linguist Sloof Lirpa. It originates at, among other places, the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, which is somewhat south of Finland and arguably less amusing. (I'm sure that opinions differ on that last bit, but hey . . .)
April 1, 2010 - 11:35am
"People seemed to run out of their own being," says Philip Roth's Nathan Zuckerman in American Pastoral, as he considers a privileged and seemingly fulfilled woman who lurches into self-destruction.
April 1, 2010 - 7:55am
I’ve never considered myself an administrator. I’m a teacher first, a scholar second, and committee member/service provider third. I doubt that very many professors begin their careers intending to become chairs, deans or college presidents. After all, the duties of an administrator — dealing with paperwork, making pragmatic decisions, being politic and worrying about the fiscal well-being of the institution — is quite different from the isolated pursuit of truth that most of us sign up for.
March 31, 2010 - 9:39pm
A new, but beleaguered, correspondent writes:
March 31, 2010 - 8:51pm
The News Feed on my Facebook account just popped up a notice: "On Leadership: Dartmouth College president and public-health leader Dr. Jim Yong Kim on discovering his own identity while bringing health care to the poor." You can see the video here, or go check out the Dartmouth Facebook page.
March 31, 2010 - 12:26pm
***Review by Okla ElliottThe Cognitive Turn in Theory and Cultural Studies: A Review of Understanding Nationalism, by Patrick Colm Hogan (Ohio State University Press; 2d ed., 2009)***“It is always possible to bind together a considerable number of people in love, so long as there are other people left over to receive the manifestation of their aggressiveness.”
March 31, 2010 - 4:27am
According to this story in IHE, Bristol Community College in Massachusetts is partnering with a for-profit provider (The Princeton Review) to create what amount to express lanes in its Nursing program. The idea is that students who currently get waitlisted for the Nursing program at Bristol will have the option of paying more to get seats in the Princeton Review's program. It's a chance for students to substitute cash on the barrel for the opportunity cost of waiting.
March 30, 2010 - 9:31pm
Soccer is much on my mind the days, as my 13 year old is beginning her season. I've come to believe that soccer coaches have much to teach us about college teaching. What would a course look like if the model was kid's soccer as opposed to the traditional classroom experience:
March 29, 2010 - 11:42pm
A few months ago I offered some advice to my daughter in this space, about keeping her options open and getting a good summer job. I stand by that advice, and now, in the pre-registration advising season, I find I have a little more.


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