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June 1, 2011
That odd feeling when time comes unstuck in us. To read Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night (1934) and find the name “Miss Television,” or see in his Gatsby (1925) a swastika. Realizing with a start I was born only 18 years after the liberation of the camps, or that I joined the army myself only seven years after Vietnam. My students’ gasps when I tell them my grandfather was born in 1883. How is it possible? A comic hurt at the betrayal by time, become suddenly nonlinear, surprising.
June 1, 2011
Last week I attended the 50th Reunion of the Freedom Riders, in Jackson, Mississippi, an event which honored the courageous men and women who rode buses and trains into the deep south to test a 1960 United States Supreme Court decision (Boynton v.
June 1, 2011
Don’t tell anyone...The brief gap between graduation and the start of summer classes is blissfully quiet.I can actually get some work done. I can even have open-ended conversations without looking at my watch every ten minutes. (Yes, Gen Y readers, I wear a watch. It’s a generational thing. Boomers wear digital watches. X’ers wear analog watches. Y’s just use their phones.)
June 1, 2011
Thought experiment. You are teaching a course that has a significant online (distance) component. Your mobile platform will be used to access both the LMS (learning management system) and e-mail for responding to students. You are not looking for a main laptop replacement, and will not be doing course authoring or virtual meetings with this mobile platform. You want to be able to accomplish the following tasks:
June 1, 2011
So here it is, the first of June (already!). I often lose track of time in late May, because life gets so crazy. Students finishing off their projects is the least of it. Additionally, there are all the summer campus (re-)construction projects to get started, end-of-fiscal-years concerns to attend to, use-or-lose leave to take (or somehow defer), and preparations for next Fall to make.
June 1, 2011
Internationalization is about changing culture. The best higher ed internationalization strategy in the world is doomed to fail if it doesn’t include a comprehensive plan for changing the culture of your institution. Rather than ignore prejudice and outdated attitudes towards other countries, international students, and global scholars; institutions have to build cultural change into their strategy. Too often, an institution’s internationalization strategy is developed at the most senior executive levels and implemented haphazardly and irregularly on campus.
June 1, 2011
N says that G, a dental tech, cast her gold fillings, which she still has 31 years later, good as new. G was a craftsman. When he worked on her bridge appliance he inlaid his name in it, as required by law. But that was long ago, and the dental tech who works for her current dentist engraved his name in her partial and left it a mess. His name the roughness her tongue rubs against and is made constantly sore by.
June 1, 2011
I’ll be blogging from #NAFSA11 in Vancouver, Canada for the next couple of days. This year’s Annual NAFSA Conference brings together over 8,000 international educators from countries around the world.
May 31, 2011
A thoughtful returning correspondent writes:
May 31, 2011
The Art of Immersion: How the Digital Generation Is Remaking Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and the Way We Tell Stories by Frank Rose

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