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Writing in College: An Example and an Explanation

BY JEFFREY R. WILSON This is a guest post by Jeffrey R. Wilson, a Preceptor in Expository Writing at Harvard University, where he teaches the “Why Shakespeare?” section of the university’s freshman writing course. My essay in the May/June 2016 online version of Academe, “What Shakespeare Says about Sending Our Children Off to College,” is meant to…

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Faculty Evaluate Evaluations

BY CRAIG VASEY AND LINDA CARROLL This is a guest post by Craig Vasey and Linda Carroll. Craig Vasey is professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion at the University of Mary Washington. He is a former member of the AAUP’s national council and current chair of the Committee…

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Finding Poetry in MOOCs

BY DAVID J. SIEGEL AND DANIEL M. CARCHIDI This is a guest post by the co-authors of “The Meaning of MOOC-topia” in the May–June issue of Academe. David J. Siegel is associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at East Carolina University. Daniel M. Carchidi is associate director of IT academic technology at the University of New Hampshire. Back…

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THE BARD IS STILL TRENDING

BY HOWARD V. HENDRIX This is a guest post by Howard V. Hendrix, who teaches literature and writing at California State University, Fresno. He is the author of six novels and many short stories, poems, and essays. His novelette, The Infinite Manqué, was recently published in the May 2016 issue of Analog magazine. “Professor, how can…

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Kaner, Stalin, & the Fight Against Ignorance

BY TOM MCBRIDE Guest blogger Tom McBride is professor emeritus at Beloit College in Wisconsin. In Chicago there’s a sports talk radio station with a couple of afternoon hosts who insist that their callers think critically about the topic at hand. When Patrick Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks hockey star, was accused of sexual assault, callers would…

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Academic Freedom under Siege in Egypt

BY SAFEI ELDIN HAMED Guest blogger Safei Eldin Hamed is Chair of the Center for Egyptian American Relations (CEAR). CEAR is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization founded in 2013 and incorporated under the laws of the state of Maryland in accordance with Section 501(c)(3). It was established as an educational and charitable organization, and focuses on promoting and strengthening…