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University of Venus

GenX Women in Higher Ed, Writing from Across the Globe

August 1, 2010 - 8:15pm
My sons and I hold a recurrent discussion about the reason school lets out in early June and resumes on the cusp of September. They adhere to the notion that a summer vacation came to them as a birthright. I point out the critical difference between the break they receive and the vacation they claim.
July 29, 2010 - 8:45pm
I never finished high school. After my sophomore year of high school, I left and went to college at age 16. Some people thought I was crazy; they were worried that I would miss my senior prom. I thought they were crazy. The prom was the last thing on my mind. I was bored and lonely, even though I was surrounded by childhood friends.
July 27, 2010 - 5:15pm
I am not going to dismiss it with “Oh. I don't know how it really happened.” I know exactly how it happened: how I ended up presenting 4 papers and acting as a panel discussant at two back-to-back conferences in Sydney within a span of 8 days this July. 
July 25, 2010 - 9:30pm
When William Julius Wilson wrote When Work Disappears in 1996, he wasn’t saying that work was actually disappearing. He was saying that work as urban poor folks had known it had been forever changed – factory jobs with benefits had all but disappeared. Today, new positions at factories receive thousands of applications and people are willing to move their families halfway across the country for a full-time job with health insurance. I grew up in a GM family in Flint, Michigan. My father worked night shifts on the line.
July 22, 2010 - 9:34pm
Lee Skallerup
July 20, 2010 - 8:27pm
It was the kind of course you weren’t graded on, and it petered out as soon as the Academic year started.
July 18, 2010 - 9:49pm
I threw a stack of college catalogs in the recycling bin last week. It was a symbolic as well as a practical move, a step toward the triumph of the electronic over the printed. Will today’s students really come to the Registrar’s Office to browse for cross-campus classes?
July 15, 2010 - 1:58pm
I am writing from my balcony, lit by the last rays of the sunset. It is almost 10:30 pm. Late sunsets are one of the unique beauties of the Swedish summer. With a bit of help from the weather gods, I will be sailing for the next few weeks along the Southern coast of Sweden, away from my office, my students and my coworkers.
July 13, 2010 - 7:10pm
My graduate department gave particularly brutal comprehensive exams. For our major field, we were expected to answer three questions in a 24-hour period. Our advisers claimed that it was never intended to be an all-night exam, but for hyper-competitive and insecure graduate students, the tradition was to prove your mettle by staying up all night, writing erudite, thoughtful and, by four in the morning, incomprehensible essays.
July 11, 2010 - 9:15pm
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