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No, I Really Mean It

I was browsing through the Chronicle’s “Era in Ideas” feature, the last of which is on tolerance. In this section, Omid Safi, a professor of religious studies, explores the titular concept in the context of the States’ post-9/11 “discourse about Islam and Muslims.” I’m not writing about politics, though. Sometimes an unrelated sequence of actions … Continue reading

I Pray the Store My Books to Keep

After learning of the Borders liquidation bid, I, akin to many a blue-blooded bibliophile, donned the proper mourning clothes and entered a state of reflective solemnity.  A prominent literary stomping ground – a corporate giant of a literary stomping ground – gone the way of countless independently run “Shops Around the Corner” (see:  You’ve Got … Continue reading

Cheaters Never Prosper

Chronicle writer Marc Perry’s “NYU Prof Vows Never to Probe Cheating Again—and Faces a Backlash” will certainly elicit polarized reactions (as it already has in the comments section), but it’s imperative that humanities educators, especially those who teach writing-intensive courses, recognize that dealing with cheating/plagiarism can be a huge time-suck and can lead to a hostile … Continue reading

Conference Calls

Today’s offerings on Inside Higher Ed include the straightforwardly titled “End Large Conferences,” which Rob Weir opens in a similarly unequivocal fashion:  “I’ll play Marc Antony. I have not come to praise large conferences, but to bury them. It is my opinion that mega humanities conferences are way past their sell-by date. For senior faculty … Continue reading

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