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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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Review – Galileo’s Middle Finger

BY PATRICIA S. BOWNE There’s been a lot posted here about Alice Dreger, but I don’t see any review of her book. Here’s one I wrote back in March 2015, when it was hot off the presses (this review previously appeared on The Royal Academy at Osyth blog). ———————– It’s been a while since I…

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Delusional Donald Tells Californians There Is No Drought

Here are the opening paragraphs of an article written by Steph Solis for USA Today: “California suffered one of its driest years in 2015. And last year the state hit its driest four-year period on record. “But Donald Trump isn’t sold. The presumptive GOP nominee told supporters in Fresno, California, on Friday night that no such dry spell exists. “Trump…

Ken Starr

Starr and Trump–Self-Righteousness and Self-Glorification

This is an addendum to Hank Reichman’s post on Ken Starr. Here is a news item from Vanity Fair news writer Emily Jane Fox that succinctly synthesizes the recent news coverage related to Ken Starr—specifically the coverage of Starr’s comments about Bill Clinton and his investigation of the then-President’s sexual indiscretions and the coverage of…

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McAdams Files Lawsuit against Marquette

The following is reported in an article by Allison Dikanovic for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: “Marquette University associate professor John McAdams and the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty filed a lawsuit Monday against Marquette over the professor’s suspension stemming from his public criticism of a teaching assistant. “According to a news release, the lawsuit against…

UC Davis

Katehi Removed as Chancellor at UC-Davis

Hank Reichman has been reporting on the many issues surrounding Linda Katehi and the other chancellors in the University of California system. What follows is a short item by Mariel Hemingway, writing for the University Herald; the piece is largely a synthesis of the reports from other news sources: “Linda Katehi has been embroiled in…

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‘Punch with Care’

BY AARON BARLOW Every discipline falls into a pattern of standard practice; every few years each must reassess. The same is true for the institutions that house them. This happens, of course, too rarely—in both cases. Over the weekend, I read two pieces—an essay and a book review—that made me think about the staleness that…