04 janvier 2016

Clear the Way for More Good Teachers

I attended a recent meeting at my university where we talked about ways to retain students. The usual suspects were offered as solutions — all of them already in use at colleges around the country and most of them only mildly successful, if at all. A few years ago we tried one of the new standards — a computer program students could log onto and answer questions concerning their time at school. More...

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For International Students Enrolling in Graduate Schools, Master’s Programs Rule

The number of foreign students enrolling in American graduate schools rose this fall, but, at 5 percent, the rate of growth was "considerably slower" than in recent years, according to a new report from the Council of Graduate Schools. More...

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Empire of Letters

I first heard it from my graduate students. They keep me current, and it seemed that every other day they’d forward me a piece from the Los Angeles Review of Books, or LARB, which popped up on Tumblr in 2011 and on its own site in April 2012. More...

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What It's Like to Be Noam Chomsky's Assistant

The first time I didn’t meet Noam Chomsky was in 1992, when a TV news channel asked him to interview me about my ability to talk backward fluently. He said no. I’d like to believe he was actually away, or sick, or that he didn’t get the message at all, but most likely he brushed off the request, sticking to more serious issues. More...

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Tupperware and Terror - The rise of ‘chick noir’

True stories of straight female academics: A scholar of Continental political theory briefly drives around the West with an Italian in his Alfa Romeo then divorces her husband; a novelist debates breast reduction or adoption and chooses the latter; an artist pursues her female collaborator, but the project — and their relationship (though not the artist’s marriage) — falls apart; a poet moves to Europe in pursuit of a married lawyer yet ultimately returns home to her family; a feminist professor dreams up scenarios to run off with two of her male students, but nothing happens; an archivist considers dumping husband and children but decides on Prozac instead. More...

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The Male Gaze in Retrospect

In 1975, the avant-garde filmmaker Laura Mulvey published her landmark essay "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema" in the journal Screen. Bringing feminist theory to bear on a new wave of psychoanalytic film criticism, the essay set out to demonstrate how the structure of Hollywood films — camera angles, lighting, editing — foisted a masculine point of view on audiences watching passive, eroticized female objects. Mulvey’s notion of the "male gaze" made waves not just in film studies (four members of Screen’s editorial board resigned in protest of it and other psychoanalytic criticism) — but also across much of the humanities. More...

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Mustaches Outnumber Women Among Medical-School Leaders

At top American medical schools, mustaches hold more power than women.
In an effort to highlight the glass ceiling in medical education, a team of researchers looked at photographs of 1,018 department heads at the 50 medical schools receiving the most research funding from the National Institutes of Health.
They counted 137 women and 190 mustaches. More...

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Can Data Measure Faculty Productivity? Rutgers Professors Say No

After submitting a records request, David M. Hughes received an Excel spreadsheet summing up his productivity as a scholar.
The numbers seemed straightforward: He had written three articles, won two awards, and published two books. He had received no grant money. And that, according to context provided on the spreadsheet, put him above the national average for publishing and awards. More...

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Why girls’ education is the world’s best investment

By Rebecca Winthrop, Fred Dews and Bill Finan. Girls’ education really is quite unique in terms of interventions you can do,” she says. “Not because it’s a silver bullet; there are no such things as silver bullets. But, certainly in developing country contexts, it has so many high returns across such a wide variety of areas important for society. More...

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Weighing public and private interests in regulating school choice

By Jon Valant. The steady growth of charter schools and public school choice programs is changing the ways that U.S. public schools are governed. Traditionally, states delegate school governance to school districts, with governing authority held by locally elected boards. More...

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