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University of Venus

GenX Women in Higher Ed, Writing from Across the Globe

August 21, 2011 - 10:45am
What’s New at University of Venus - Week Ending 20 August 2011 University of Venus Around the Web: Janine Utell at The GuardianLeadership lessons from Tina Fey. Prof Hacker commentary on Janine Utell’s “Lessons from Bossypants.” What’s New With Our Writers:
August 18, 2011 - 9:45pm
Last month, I was invited to a conference in Kuwait to deliver a speech. I was given very little notice. After a speedy preparation of 3-4 days I made it to the Atatürk International Airport in Istanbul. As I handed my passport to the police officer at passport control, the officer looked at my passport, smiled at me and said, “I was the one who processed your passport the last time you went abroad.” It was only about a month ago that I had been in Poland within the context of the Erasmus Programme.
August 16, 2011 - 9:46pm
On my way back from Bandung, Indonesia, I received two messages which set me hollering in joy in the crowded departure lounge of the Manila airport. A young colleague was awarded a Fulbright grant for a PhD in the US; two others were short-listed for Fulbright research grants in agriculture. What really touched me were the effusive thanks on their part for my encouraging them to apply and for believing in their competitiveness as applicants.
August 14, 2011 - 9:30pm
Last May, I left my teaching position without a job prospect in sight. It was a gamble, I admit; at the time I had interviewed for jobs, but I hadn’t heard from anyone yet. As far as I was concerned, I was unemployed as soon as I submitted my final grades and received my final paycheck via direct deposit.
August 13, 2011 - 9:15pm
What’s New at University of Venus - Week Ending 13 August 2011University of Venus Around the Web:
August 11, 2011 - 9:31pm
For some German politicians, this summer is bringing not only matters of meditation on preparing for the coming elections in September, or the need to address the home and foreign agenda, but also serious challenges for their careers. After the big scandal around the accusation of plagiarism against Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, the then minister of Defense and a rising star of the German politics; other politicians, many representatives of the ‘’new generation,’’ are going through comparably embarrassing days.
August 9, 2011 - 7:30pm
Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising questions and pointing out obstacles. We’ve all worked with that person. That person is a drag....In improv there are no mistakes, only beautiful accidents. -- Tina Fey, Bossypants 
August 7, 2011 - 8:46pm
As a US student in the UK, I simultaneously loathed and feared the ‘mid-Atlantic’ accent. I loathed the pretense of middle-class Americans putting on aristocratic airs. (You never hear a mid-Atlantic accent with acquired inflections from the streets of Sheffield or Swansea - only home counties and high tables.) I simultaneously fought the urge to swallow my crass Chicago ‘A’s when I spoke to my would-be-in-laws at Sunday lunch in Surrey. I was well aware of the ease with which I could become one of the cultural poseurs I despised.
August 6, 2011 - 5:15pm
What’s New at University of Venus - Week Ending 6 August 2011University of Venus Around the Web:
August 4, 2011 - 9:15pm
Work has radically changed...We will have several different careers over the course of our working lives...We just need to follow our passion to find meaningful work...Recent cuts to spending in the US are going to further escalate the unemployment rates...Not only is the news overwhelming, it’s paralyzing.


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