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February 3, 2011
Roy Kesey’s first novel, Pacazo, comes out this month from Dzanc Books. It tells the story of “John Segovia, an American historian who teaches English at a small university in Piura, on the desert coast of Peru. The narrative moves between John's obsessive search for his wife's killer and his attempts to build a new life for himself and his infant daughter.
February 3, 2011
Quickies!, “Chicago's favorite reading series,” is dedicated to flash fiction and is hosted by Mary Hamilton and Lindsay Hunter. Each reader has four minutes to read a complete work of short prose. Those that go over the time limit are whistled off stage.
February 3, 2011
Bob Shacochis, National Book Award winner, is one of those living writers I most admire.
February 3, 2011
Xu Xi, finalist for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize, reads here from her novel Habit of a Foreign Sky at the Asia Society New York, November 8, 2010.
February 3, 2011
Shameless hucksterism here: Tonight, Dan Solove, John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law George Washington University Law School, on The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet!Go to www.ucpl.cornell.edu for a link to live streamed video, 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.Can't make it? The talk will be archived within 24 hours :-)I will try to take questions from remote audience. Email me at tbm3@cornell.eduTracy
February 3, 2011
As always, simply e-mail me (only once today—you can and should enter once each day!) at oronte.churm@insidehighered.com to enter. Today only, be sure to include in your title these secret words: Day Two Raffle***The Prizes:
February 2, 2011
Still marooned by snow -- seriously, guys, the bloom is off the rose -- I had the chance to devour Academically Adrift, by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa. It’s a study of student performance on the Collegiate Learning Assessment exam, focusing particularly on demonstrated critical thinking skills. It’s the book that made headlines with its claim that most students don’t learn anything during their first two years of college. As someone who works at a two-year college, I considered the gauntlet thrown.
February 2, 2011
From the archives - this post was originally published at http://uvenus.org on 2010.02.17.
February 2, 2011
If you’ve been snowed in and have a little time on your hands -- as I do in Chicago — then I bet you’ve either read or heard about Stephanie Coontz’s new book, A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s.
February 2, 2011
Yesterday, I wrote about what I learned about Capella U. The discussion around the post was great - a challenging, honest, and positive dialogue.Today I'd like to share some of my hopes for Capella:

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