03 mai 2015

Pushing for Free

HomeBy Ashley A. Smith. Since President Obama proposed a national free community college initiative, many have wondered if the idea has a chance of becoming reality. Few ideas seems to go anywhere in Washington, where political dysfunction runs rampant. At this month's American Association of Community Colleges meeting, enthusiasm remained high for the proposal, even as some community college presidents expressed skepticism over the feasibility of the plan. Read more...

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Grants for Today's Student

HomeBy Kellie Woodhouse. Get a group of higher education wonks in the same room talking about public funding and they're bound to discuss how flattening and declining state investment is hurting students and colleges alike. Read more...

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Money Talk

HomeBy Kellie Woodhouse. As colleges across the country attempt to navigate tough economic times and respond to calls to change their business models, conflicts abound. They are about not only the substance of various strategies, but about the ways administrators and faculty communicate during an era of sweeping change in how the business side of universities operate. Read more...

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Gaming Beyond Gamergate

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. That was how some panelists at Diversifying Barbie and Mortal Kombat: Conversations about Games, Gender and Diversity, a conference held at the University of Pennsylvania on Friday, described Gamergate, the movement purportedly surrounding ethics in gaming journalism that some have used to harass critics calling for more diversity in video games. Some of those critics are feminist scholars, a popular target among members of the Gamergate movement. Read more...

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Credit Where Credit's Due

HomeBy Carl Straumsheim. The American Historical Association will encourage “reciprocal responsibility” to advance digital scholarship in the discipline, according to draft guidelines the professional organization released on how to evaluate such work for tenure and review purposes. Read more...

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Teaching Baltimore, Teaching the History of American Violence

By Claire Potter. During this year of police violence, and organizing against police violence, I have avoided blogging about the many issues raised by Ferguson, Staten Island and Baltimore. I am ambivalent about this decision, because it isn’t as though I do not have a lot to say, and that saying it in this space is not important. Many of these protests occurred in my own city: my students and I marched, and we talked. Urban uprisings have been the most consistent theme of the academic year.
Yet I have been overwhelmed by these events. More importantly, I have also been troubled by the role social media has played in the dynamics of these uprisings, and by the extent to which some academics posture as virtual, semi-professional, urban revolutionaries when they talk to the Internet. More...

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May Day! May Day! May Day!

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . Today isn’t just any day. It’s May Day, the first of May.
Geoffrey Chaucer knew it was special. In “The Legend of Good Women,” he wrote that he tossed his book aside when May came:

On bokes for to rede I me delyte . . .
Save, certeynly, whan that the month of May
Is comen, and that I here the foules synge,
And that the floures gynnen for to sprynge,
Farewel my bok, and my devocioun!

And on the first day of May, from before Chaucer’s time to our own, northern countries have celebrated the end of cold weather and return of spring with flowers, maypoles, dancing and other rites of May.
Shakespeare knew it was special too. More...

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‘A Piece of Cake’

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . It started with an email from my eclectic friend Wes Davis. He said he’d been reading Tinkerbelle, by, he told me, “Robert Manry, a copy editor for the Cleveland Plain Dealer who, in 1965, took a leave of absence from his job and sailed a 13-and-a-half-foot wooden boat across the Atlantic, from Falmouth, Mass., to Falmouth, England.” He’d come upon a passage he thought would interest me. More...

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Friend? or Just ‘-Friendly’?

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . You will remember the moment, when Frankenstein’s monster utters the word “Friend?” It may be the single best line of dialogue in James Whale’s 1931 movie classic.
My bit of linguistic poking today isn’t about changing social attitudes or expanded horizons of understanding, but about the way the suffix  -friendly is being asked to do so much work for us. More...

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Diary of a Visiting Speaker

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . The audience at a talk sees the visiting speaker ushered into the room to check the connection dongle for the projector and greet a few faculty acquaintances in the front row. A brief introduction, a 50-minute talk, and a small reception and perhaps a hosted meal. Two or three hours, all expenses paid. More...

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