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February 28, 2011
(Filed from the conference of The League for Innovation in the Community College, in a surprisingly chilly San Diego.)
February 27, 2011
The last TV series that I sat and watched all the episodes straight through was the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) series "Intelligence". I watched both seasons, (there were only two - 25 episodes), via the Netflix streaming app on my iPad.3 Thoughts:
February 27, 2011
How do you balance work and life?This month's question comes from Afshan Jafar.
February 27, 2011
Part of what attracted me to higher education in the first place and still attracts me is the shared governance environment. Economics was the discipline that excited me, and higher education was the environment where I felt most comfortable and most productive. And from my experience shared governance works well in most places and in most cases. My first experiences were in the area of curriculum, beginning with the department’s efforts to fine tune the economics major and subsequently extending to the committee that reviewed the undergraduate curriculum.
February 27, 2011
I'd like to reflect on a couple of passages from Mark Lilla's The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics.
February 27, 2011
Our family recently returned from a trip to Paris and London. At home, we have our share of stresses and strains, many of which I've documented here, but on vacation we mesh extraordinarily well. This is partly, of course, because we are removed from many potential sources of conflict, as we are all together 24/7, and so Bill and I don't have to worry about Ben's whereabouts, and we're not angsting over professional deadlines, overdue schoolwork, messy rooms and the like.
February 27, 2011
Sometimes, you can understand a problem or a process better if you focus (at least in part) on what it's not.For example, I'm deeply interested in some of the social problems of rural areas in North America. But the problems I'm interested in haven't been studied muchin rural areas -- that's part of what interests me. So I haven't found much in the way of published literature (scholarly or otherwise) that's on topic.
February 26, 2011
Review by Katya CumminsThe Naïve and the Sentimental Novelist (Harvard UP, 2010) is a series of six Charles Eliot Norton Lectures delivered at Harvard in 2009 by Turkish Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk. Together they're a semi-autobiographical exploration of the art of writing and, perhaps more uniquely, a glimpse into the psychology and art of reading.
February 25, 2011
Call me a gearhead, but I think transmissions are sexy. Always have done, since the first time I tore down an electric dryer. Then a garden tractor. Then one of those old Maytag washing machines that used to last pretty much forever.
February 24, 2011
I remember my first class as an undergraduate: Intro to Psychology. Wide-eyed and ready to vanquish the world from psychological trauma, I eagerly anticipated the first life-altering words to come from my professor’s illustrious lips. I waited with bated breath as he introduced himself and asked us all to settle in – and then? After a brief mention of the syllabus, he carried on about plagiarism and cheating and the like.



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