23 mars 2014

Open Thread Wednesday: Trying Something New This Semester? How’s it Going?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy . This semester, I’m teaching a survey course in Western political thought that I’ve taught for several years. I decided to try something new in the course this time around, though. Rather than focusing exclusively on the classic texts themselves, I’m also having students engage one contemporary piece of scholarship related to each of the major texts we read. More...

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A Good Time to Check Your Social Media Privacy Settings

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy George Williams. Over at the New York Times “Bits” blog, Nick Bilton reminds us that we should review “who has access to [our] social accounts” from time to time. Services like Twitter, Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn often invite us to link certain services to our accounts, for reasons that vary from making it easier to update multiple accounts at once to being able to authenticate our identity for a third-party service. It’s all too easy to forget just how many of those third-party services have been granted access to our accounts. More...

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Weekend Reading: Shall We Dance? Edition

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/profhacker-45.pngBy Erin E. Templeton. Happy Friday ProfHackers, and happy March Madness for those of you enjoying the tournaments! If basketball isn’t your thing, you can still get in on the fun. This year Out of Print clothing has a Book Madness tournament–their bracket pits heroes vs villains so Moby Dick takes on Humbert Humbert; can Tom Buchanan best Lady MacBeth? Is Voldemort the big bad? Over Satan? For the hero team, can Bilbo Baggins beat Natty Bumpo? Does Scarlett O’Hare stand a chance against Katniss Everdeen? And what’s Othello doing there–surely there is a Shakespearian hero who doesn’t nuder his wife (King Henry perhaps?). Read more...

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Undivided by a Common Language

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . The alleged chasm that separates American from British English is often discussed in highly emotional terms. It probably won’t make me popular on either side of the Atlantic when I say that I think the differences have been wildly, insanely overstated. To cite just one example, I once met a British woman in Edinburgh who told me loudly and confidently that Americans had completely abandoned the use of adverbs. More...

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The Sex Class

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . In the last few weeks, the topic of my class “Love” has been romantic love, and, within that category, the language of sex. I told students that by language I implied a standardized system of signs that serves to express a wide range of meanings and that by sex—not sexuality but sex—I implied intercourse, that is, sexual intercourse. Sex, then, has its own grammar. More...

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Chiming In on ‘Chiming With’

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . See if anything strikes your ear as odd in the following sentence: “A fact like this [that Obama plays golf more with an aide than with John Boehner] can seem to chime with the sort of complaints you hear all the time about Obama. …”
This sentence appeared on Page 49 of the January 27 issue of The New Yorker, in David Remnick’s profile of President Obama, “Going the Distance.” It was pointed out to me by the careful language observer Dave Carlyon, who wrote to me about it because the “chiming” sounded off to him. More...

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Scripture for OK Day

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . In just three days, on March 23, OK will celebrate its birthday, and it’s a milestone one, the 175th. How to celebrate? I’m going to do it with frosted cookies. But the great thing is, any way you celebrate, it’s OK. Like the 4th of July, it can be an occasion for reading aloud the Urtext, the document that started it all. More...

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March Madness Madness!

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . I think we can all agree that March Madness has jumped the shark. In addition to the actual brackets to the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, one can find mock-brackets for such things as public broadcasting hosts, ESPN personalities, and, courtesy of Jezebel, intoxicants. (In early-round action, Champagne topped Smirnoff Ice, weed blew away crack, Margaritas got the better of rubbing alcohol, and caffeine narrowly edged glue.) More...

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The Transfer of Knowledge

By David Silbey. Political campaigns are giant startups that flare into existence in campaign season, hire thousands and spend millions, and then mostly wink out of existence. Others have made this point. What’s interesting me at the moment is what happens to those campaign workers when the effort ends? A fair number stay in politics: move on to the next campaign, go to DC, or something similar. But a lot don’t, and it would be fascinating to trace their movement into the American economy. They have a lot of skills and experience, often at a very young age, and those skills are useful. In the same way that the veterans of World War II, often with great experience in logistics and supply movement, came back to the United States and filtered into an economy where those skills were prized, political campaign people may well be having knock-on economic effects. More...

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What should mathematics majors know about computing, and when should they know it?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/castingoutnines-45.pngBy Robert Talbert. Yesterday I got an email from a reader who had read this post called What should math majors know about computing? from 2007. In the original article, I gave a list of what computing skills mathematics majors should learn and when they should learn them. The person emailing me was wondering if I had any updates on that list or any new ideas, seven years on from writing the article. More...

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