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April 20, 2009 - 9:00pm
Lately I find myself wearing several hats. I’m chairing a committee to look into our first-year curriculum, for example, at the same time as I’m advising my daughter on her plans for her first year in college. The disjunction is stunning.
April 20, 2009 - 5:15pm
Last week, the EPA finally came to the scientifically obvious conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants worthy of regulation.
April 20, 2009 - 9:29am
A Letter from Key West To My Friend David, In Memory of his Sister, Eve Sedgwick   The southernmost sky is strange at ten at night,Still mildly blue with midday clouds and a calmWind that lifts the clouds to show a star dead white,Dead white and barely there above a palm's black head. The three macaws who shriek behind the palms have gone to bed And all the traffic in the tropics pauses for the moon. Your sister, you said last week, will be dead soon. II
April 19, 2009 - 9:14pm
This semester, my institution has been moving toward developing a family leave policy for faculty and staff. I'll start by being frank about the current situation: it is not a policy. It's a patchwork system, almost impossible to piece together and relying almost entirely on state and federal policies, with a single area of exception that only applies to faculty.
Dad
April 19, 2009 - 8:38pm
My Dad died Friday. He was 69. He was at home. He had battled ALS – Lou Gehrig's disease – for the last several years, and had been in hospice for several months. The last time I saw him was a few months ago. I had brought a camera with me, but when I saw him, realized that using it would be wrong. He deserved better than to be remembered that way. He knew it was coming. At the last visit, he made a point of showing me a pile of old family photos, and inviting me to take the ones I wanted. I took several from back when he and Mom were still married.
April 16, 2009 - 9:59pm
A savvy correspondent writes: I'm writing because my large urban public university recently hired a high-profile person who, in a previous job, lost an equally high-profile civil lawsuit against him for sexual harassment, and I wanted to ask for your views on what kind of faculty response to what some of us consider a troubling hire would be most likely to get administrators' attention. There is some thought of writing a kind of protest letter and making protesting noises to the press -- indeed, some have already been approached by the media for comment.
April 16, 2009 - 9:42pm
The other day I found myself watching “Good Morning America” while waiting for some work to be done on my car. One of the guests being interviewed spoke of making decisions while looking at several different time horizons. Her name was Suzy Welch, and she had written a book called “10-10-10” about decision making. Her suggestion was that we make all our decisions on three horizons at once. We should ask, she proposes, what our decision would mean for our life ten minutes from now, ten months from now, and ten years from now.
April 16, 2009 - 9:24pm
Patricia DeWitt makes a point which is entirely valid, at least if the expressions of a lot of staff folk at Greenback are to be believed. Twelve-month staff and 8- or 9-month faculty have entirely different peak demand periods.
April 16, 2009 - 6:54am
“If evil is inevitable, how are the wicked accountable? Nay, why do we call men wicked at all? Evil is inevitable, but is also remediable." –Horace Mann
April 15, 2009 - 11:17pm
A new correspondent writes: I was wondering if you could share some questions you might ask a chairperson candidate. Thank you.

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