By Rosemarie Emanuele. In Geometry, if one took a Cartesian graph with lines donating values of x and y, and wrapped it around a cylinder so that the left side matched up with the right side, the result would be a graph that might still have a highest and lowest value, but would now have no left or right value. Thus, in a sense, there would be no beginning or end, since beginnings and endings no longer exist separate from each other. I found myself thinking of this as we approach our graduation ceremony tonight. Read more...
By Barbara Fister. Here are some of the things I believe:
- There is such a thing as rape culture and it flourishes in the US.
- White privilege is a problem that is too often invisible to whites.
- Black lives matter.
- We messed up the climate and we should cop to it so we can figure out what to do.
- Gamergate was not about journalism ethics.
For some, these are uncontroversial beliefs, so obvious it's hardly worth mentioning. Read more...
A year ago no one would have imagined:
- That a name-brand university would award academic credit for MOOCs.
- That a free college education is poised to become a employer benefit.
- That for-profit universities would be under siege.
- That free community college tuition and debt-free college graduation would be widely discussed in political circles.
By John Warner. Right now, I feel like I’m just flat out done with the traditional first-year writing “research paper.” I understand its pedagogical purpose in theory, but even after trying a lot of different approaches, I can’t seem to make it do what I want. It is not the capstone to a semester of writing in the academic conversation I wish for, but is instead, an artifact of exhaustion, deposited by students with shrugs, rather than smiles, indifference, rather than pride. Read more...
By Joshua Kim. If your work life is anything like mine, then you spend much of your day writing. The amount we write for our jobs is shocking.
We write reports. We write presentations. We write tweets. We write blog posts and blog comments. We write for the web. We write to persuade. We write to recommend. Read more...