Oh, the Humanities!

BY AARON BARLOW When I first heard the term “Digital Humanities” a decade ago, it seemed like something brewed up for use by those who want to poison the humanities—still does. It appeared to be nothing more than something developed by those with a little knowledge of C. P. Snow’s The Two Cultures and the…

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Tellin’ It Like It Is: Politics and Donald Trump’s Language

Originally posted on One Flew East:
[By Marc Nozell – https://www.flickr.com/photos/marcn/24622320840/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46901376%5D When Indiana Jones, played by Donald Trump, shoots the Cairo Swordsman (with Jeb Bush and a bunch of other Republicans in the role), someone in the crowd (Hillary Clinton) grabs the dropped scimitar, raises it high and runs off, surrounded…


New Contract at CUNY

POSTED BY AARON BARLOW From the Professional Staff Congress: New York—CUNY’s 25,000 faculty and professional staff will get a long-overdue raise now that 94 percent of voting members ratified a new union contract, according to PSC President Barbara Bowen, who thanked union members for their hard work and commitment. The agreement between the Professional Staff…


What’s a Teacher to Do?

BY AARON BARLOW When you rely on the numbers, you count out the people. How often have we heard that? How frequently do we remind ourselves that it’s the people—in our case as educators, the students—who matter most, the individuals and not the numbers that reflect the aggregate? Yet our actions continue to be toward…


We Have Been Too Quiet

BY AARON BARLOW What’s the point of having academic credentials if you can’t use them? Sure, we make them into bludgeons inside the ivory tower, but that’s really just child’s play: the bludgeons do all the real damage of balloons. Only when there is ‘real-world’ application can they have an impact, do they really mean…

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Just Who’s the Troll?

Originally posted on One Flew East:
When I’ve tried to deal directly with internet trolls, I’ve had little luck. What I mean is, their minds were made up about me before they trolled whatever I might have written. No matter how politely I’ve tried to engage them, rarely do I get anything in response but…



From the PSC-CUNY: New York—A tentative collective bargaining agreement has been reached between the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), the union representing CUNY faculty and professional staff, and the City University of New York (CUNY). The deal was announced today by PSC President Barbara Bowen and CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken. The proposed contract provides 10.41%…

A deliberately unprovocative picture of the package of cheese snacks I ate while I wrote this post. Nothing political to see here. Moving on!

If you blog, will you lose your job?

Originally posted on The Thesis Whisperer:
I am publishing this post outside of my usual Wednesday schedule because I want to comment on a very live issue in Australia. A deliberately unprovocative picture of the package of cheese snacks I ate from a Starbucks in Canada while I wrote this post. The Thesis Whisperer is…