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Summing Up III

There is certainly still a lot to write about:  Just recently I saw Happy Valley which is a documentary about the Sandusky Case at Penn State University (tragically illuminating).  I just finished Orlando Patterson’s 700 page text The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth (an epic tour de force).  This year I’ve been an expert witness […]

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Summing Up II

I noticed a few weeks back that Marquette University, to its considerable credit, has raised its minimum wage for workers to $16.00/hour.  I weighed in on this last year and suggested that USC do something similar.   I also have written about “college for all” and over time have come to see it with mixed emotions.  […]

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Summing Up – I

I’ve been doing this blog for over half a decade.  At some point what was irregular in the writing of it, became regular; rather than write a blog every now and then we put out a blog a day.  Various folks in the Pullias Center helped staff and write for it.  We cooked up special […]

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Higher Education in Hong Kong

For the last month I have been in residence as a Fellow at the University of Hong Kong.  The Fellowship is a three-year interdisciplinary arrangement where I am in residence.  My obligations are relatively minor: we outlined a plan over a three year time horizon that involves offering a lecture or two every time I […]

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Why a Sabbatical to India that is a Fulbright

The thought of applying for a Fulbright is a fun, but time-consuming, exercise.  Where in the world would you like to go that will advance your research agenda?  One mistake colleagues make when they think about sabbaticals is that they don’t start planning about what they are going to do until a semester before it […]

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The Utility of a Sabbatical

I didn’t know it at the time, but I’m sorry to say that I think I came of age during academe’s Golden Age in the United States. I may have entered it at the tail end of the Golden Era, but I was still part of it.   My college years, certainly full of angst and […]

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The Utility of a Fulbright

In my previous blog on sabbaticals I made three points:  learning something new; extend your learning; figure out your time.  Fulbrights have allowed me to do all three.  The first time I applied for a Fulbright I didn’t know much of what I was doing.  I was not that far removed from a two year […]

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Sounding like a Broken Record

Some years ago I was speaking with a young friend whose English was his second language.  We were on the phone and I mentioned that it was “raining cats and dogs.”  He laughed and said, “I’m not sure I understand you.”  One of my nieces has married a fellow from Nepal and when I first […]

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The Shape of Things to Come

Critics used to deride the use of business terminology to speak about higher education.  Students were not “consumers” because higher education was not a “business.”  Twenty years ago, even a decade ago, the language of the market seemed anathema to many of us in academe.  Such language was akin to having moneychangers in the temple. […]

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Summer Reading: Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite

There is a lot to like and dislike in Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite & The Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz.  The title pretty much sums it up.  What’s thoughtful is also trite and/or an overstatement. Deresiewicz, a former Yale prof who didn’t get tenure, looks on students at […]

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