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Author Archives: Aaron Barlow

Real Education Need Not Be Only for the Elite

Everyone seems to think that college is all about jobs. Even former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, in a column on his blog this past Sunday, “Why College Isn’t (and Shouldn’t … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Doxxing: The Sequel

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On March 19, 2015, I published a post about doxxing, generally known as one party’s publishing on the internet documents containing personal information about another party.…

March 23, 2015 · 2 Comments

Safety, Secrecy and Security

If college campuses are to be safe spaces, the goal needs to be to make them safe for everyone—even faculty. With tenure reduced and enfeebled and secret investigations commonplace, I … Continue reading

March 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

Moving Tenure

Writing under the pseudonym “Aurora Dagny,” a Canadian activist offers four pieces of advice for those working for any sort of cause: “Embrace humility…. Question yourself as fiercely as you question … Continue reading

March 20, 2015 · 5 Comments


Originally posted on One Flew East:
The first Tuaregs I saw were shadowy figures in long robes, sometimes wearing turbans, trying to sell cheap, blunt swords and knives sheathed in…

March 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

To Catch a Cheat: More on the Pearson Problem as Our Problem

Originally posted on the becoming radical:
“Cheating by test takers is becoming more common in the United States and throughout the world,” explains T.J. Bliss, adding: In the past year,…

March 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Case for the Public Intellectual as Gadfly

Andrew Bacevich, political-science professor at Boston University, has posted a new essay, “Rationalizing Lunacy: The Intellectual as Servant of the State.” It’s a look back at the role of the … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

From Retraction Watch: Yes, We Are Seeing More Attacks on Academic Freedom

Alice Dreger has a new post on Retraction Watch. She writes What are we to do? Well, I believe we as university-based researchers should at least be quite concerned when academics … Continue reading

March 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

Blurred Lines and Word Crimes

American copyright laws are absurd. Weird Al Yankovic, in “Word Crimes,” can parody Robin Thicke’s (with Pharrell) “Blurred Lines” but Thicke and Pharrell cannot base their own song on songs … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Racism 101: Why We Need Courses on “Whiteness”

While The New York Times reports on action by the University of Oklahoma, kicking out Sigma Alpha Epsilon for a racist chant, a Daily Kos blogger argues that the chant has roots … Continue reading

March 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

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