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July 20, 2009 - 2:34pm
The opening plenary today was addressed by Jonathan Kozol – always an inspiration in terms of the value of education as opposed to training, and particularly relevant to education for sustainability (although he never uttered the word).
July 20, 2009 - 11:40am
The air transport system in the USA (and probably in most other countries as well) isn't a good answer to the question of how to move people around. I spend yesterday on three different flights, getting from the East to the West Coast. Including the "sleeping with one eye open" night preceding (I had to leave the house at zero-dark-thirty) and the completely-exhausted night that followed, some 36 hours were invested (hence available) to get me from there to here. Figure it's 3000 miles (close enough) -- net travel speed was about 83 mph.
July 19, 2009 - 9:17pm
Last week I participated in the UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education, an event that featured more than 1,000 participants from 150+ nations--a veritable who’s who of higher education leaders from across the globe. The event gave me an opportunity to reflect, in a concrete way, on what it means to be the “best in the world” in college degree attainment.
July 19, 2009 - 8:52pm
In a comment a few days ago in response to my misgivings about a national online database of classes, someone raised the question of why we still have a regional, as opposed to national, accreditation system.
July 19, 2009 - 7:54pm
Dear Susan,I just came across your blog, and I am excited to find women discussing the stresses of balancing graduate school and motherhood. Campuses are so geared towards the traditional aged students, that we older gals fall through the cracks.
July 18, 2009 - 7:07am
Leszek Kolakowski's death reminds us that Terry Eagleton's recent attack on the atheism of Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins is only the latest instance of a curious but now familiar trajectory, in which
July 17, 2009 - 12:55am
“History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake,” says Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses. Ditto, but the more I read and write on it, the deeper I dream.
July 16, 2009 - 9:25pm
When I was in graduate school, one of our teachers suggested to those of us planning to go on to teach college that we should “never do algebra in public”. For some reason, that bit of advice has stuck with me over the years, even becoming a mantra among my math majors here at Ursuline College. Whenever I am confronted with a difficult problem that I have not previously worked out, I find myself sidestepping the issue by saying that I don’t want to “do algebra in public.”
July 16, 2009 - 11:23am
This year's conference of SCUP (the Society for College and University Planning) is in Portland, OR next week. I'll be attending, as one of 1100+ educators, administrators, and contractors/suppliers. As a result, I'll be posting pretty frequently the first half of next week.

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