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Monthly Archives: November, 2013

The Public Accountability Initiative Partners with the Student Debt Campaign to Document the Dubious Schemes through Which U.S. Corporations Are Generating Profits from Public Higher Education

This announcement may be somewhat dated, but it is the first that I have seen it. I think that everyone should be aware of it, even if your institution is … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · 3 Comments

Kenyon College Students Dress Up as Ghosts, Look like Klansmen, and Issue Apology

If anything characterizes the current period, it may be that when prominent people behave badly, they typically issue apologies that, at best, come across as half-hearted. Either the regret being … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Two Cases of Plagiarism by Politicians

The following piece was written by my former student and friend Mike Lamm. Mike is a reporter for the Decatur Daily Democrat. _________________________ In the summer of 1987, a young, … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

What Links a Birth in Montana, the Kennedy Assassination, and the Spanish Civil War

What follows is a circuitous reflection on the thin line between significance and meaninglessness, between fateful conjunctions and complete coincidences, between public history and political “truths,” between personal histories and … Continue reading

November 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Like Democracy, Education Cannot Be Imposed from Outside

Last week, The New York Times published a piece concerning childhood reading–in this case, of Gone With the Wind. It appeared, oddly enough, while I was in the midst of re-reading a … Continue reading

November 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

A Local Election of Note

In the recent off-off-year elections, the national media was understandably focused on the gubernatorial contests in Virginia and New Jersey and the mayoral contest in New York City. But, although … Continue reading

November 24, 2013 · 3 Comments

Where Were You When Kennedy Was Shot?

Over the last fifty years, this question has become a cultural cliché—and a much longer lived cliché than most.  But, as we have now celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the … Continue reading

November 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Administrative Bloat–with Ohio’s Public Universities Providing the Illustration: 2012 Update

■ Gordon Gee, Ohio State 2011: Total Compensation, $1,992,221: Base Salary, $814,157; Bonus Pay, $296,786; Deferred Compensation, Set Aside, $881,278. Rank among Public University Presidents in the U.S.: 1. 2012: … Continue reading

November 22, 2013 · 5 Comments

MOOC Skeptic’s Toolkit: Sample Letter #4, to a Taxpayer

The purpose of the letters in this toolkit is to provide material that can be edited to be sent to listserves, to be posted on blogs or to be shared … Continue reading

November 22, 2013 · 1 Comment

Tips for Navigating Corporatized Colleges and Universities

Guest blogger Jeanne Zaino is professor of political science and international studies at Iona College. In his provocative and deeply depressing The Last Professors Frank Donoghue warns that corporate logic has … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · 5 Comments



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