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Author Archives: Aaron Barlow

Let’s Stop Blaming “Culture” for Poverty

“Rich families are all alike; every poor family is poor in its own way.” Writers on poverty in America might want to inscribe this over their computers. Even those should … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

Academic Freedom and Tenure: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The following is excerpted from the main AAUP website.  Please go there to see the report in its entirety: I. Introduction In the middle of summer 2014, Dr. Steven Salaita, associate professor … Continue reading

April 28, 2015 · 7 Comments

Culling the Faculty… Part II

Yesterday, I posted without comment the text of a bill proposed by Iowa State Senator Mark Chelgren. The bill is so absurd that it had absolutely no chance of becoming … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · 8 Comments

Culling the Iowa Faculty

This proposed bill in the Iowa legislature reaches far past the abilities of my ‘word horde': Senate File 64 – Introduced SENATE FILE 64 BY CHELGREN A BILL FOR An … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · 18 Comments

“Look Outside the Window”

Is this what it is like to be making a mess of your life? Where does it all lead? Can one turn that mess around? Those of us who teach … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · 4 Comments

Private Language and the Public Sphere

After the 1980 Republican convention, Ronald Reagan headed for Philadelphia, Mississippi where he affirmed his commitment to states’ rights. There was nothing overtly racial about his speech, but the “dog … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

No Apology for Business

Benjamin Franklin includes  this list in his 1731 “Apology for Printers”: I request all who are angry with me on the Account of printing things they don’t like, calmly to … Continue reading

April 5, 2015 · 3 Comments

Teach or Perish

If the dateline on this story had been a day later, I would not believe it (hat tip to Diane Ravitch for linking to it): “Bill would require all UNC professors … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · 13 Comments

James Danko, President of Butler University, Speaks Out on New Indiana “Religious Freedom Act”

James Danko, president of Butler University, speaks out on the new Indiana “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA): While I have read a variety of opinions and rationale for RFRA, it … Continue reading

March 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

“James, do whatever you want to do.”

That’s how NYU Journalism professor Jay Rosen responded to James O’Keefe in 2011. Given the context, it seemed an appropriate response. Personally, I was a little annoyed by the timing: … Continue reading

March 28, 2015 · 3 Comments

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