A Statement of Principles for Choosing New University of California Chancellors

POSTED BY HANK REICHMAN The recent resignations of University of California at Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi have focused concern among UC faculty members about the criteria and procedures for selecting campus leaders.  Yesterday the Council of University of California Faculty Associations (CUCFA), a partner organization of the AAUP representing…

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Meaning the Software: A Review of David Golumbia’s The Politics of Bitcoin

Originally posted on One Flew East:
Stripping politics from academic discourse, something David Horowitz and his right-wing fellow travelers long ago cowed us faculty into doing, creates manifold dangers. We’re seeing them in the Trump candidacy, something even academics are to blame for. We’ve divided societal implications and questions of accepted truth from our narrowed…

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The Age of the Crap Artist

Originally posted on One Flew East:
Some years ago, we arrived at the age of the “news clown.” It’s the age of realization of characters such as Philip K. Dick’s once fictional newscaster Jim-Jam Brisken, someone who runs for president in a flaming red wig. But we’re past that, now. No, not past Philip K.…


Donald the One-Trick Pony

POSTED BY MARTIN KICH This is an excerpt from Dylan Matthews’ article for Vox, “Three Winners and Two Losers from the First Presidential Debate.” I think that it complements Kelly Wilz’s widely read post to this blog, “A Feminist’s Guide to Critiquing Hillary Clinton.” _________________________ Loser: Donald Trump  Rough night. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Say what you…


Saint Xavier University Adjuncts Vote for Union

BY PETER N. KIRSTEIN In 2011, Saint Xavier University adjunct faculty voted to organize under the banner of the Illinois Education Association. President Christine Wiseman challenged the right of adjunct faculty at the Sisters of Mercy Catholic institution to unionize, in claiming a religious exemption under the First Amendment. Federal labour law, they argued, should not apply to…