Monthly Archives: February 2014

Feminist Fail, Test Question Stylee

Two events during the past week have helped me recognize a lack of personal awareness of mine to a gendered pattern in my teaching and, worse, assessment.  One of the things about these “Aha!” moments is that the tendency is … Continue reading

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MOOC? Nyet! The Case for US Brick & Mortar Colleges

Without intending to do so, Caitlan Flanagan makes the case for why four year residential colleges and universities won’t be going away in the USA for at least a few generations (In her essay about The Dark Power of Fraternities). … Continue reading

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Mean Tweet @ The Lego Movie

Jimmy Kimmel has a pretty fun bit in which Celebrities Read Mean Tweets they have been sent.  Well, my cousin, Phil Lord (director of The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street, etc.), got a mean tweet tonight, and I rather liked … Continue reading

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Norms, Rules, and Protecting Scholarly Associations

A few weeks ago the International Studies Association (ISA) stumbled into a hornet’s nest when Steve Saideman leaked a proposed policy on his blog that the Governing Counsel of the association was to consider at its annual meeting this March. … Continue reading

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Kristoff Kerfuffle: On the Pace of Diffusion of Ideas

Yesterday Nicholas Kristoff trolled professors, and especially political scientists, crying out: “Professors, we need you!”  Naturally, it echoed about the web (e.g., here), and kicked up a counter-response from bloggers noting that they exist (e.g., here and here).[1] What strikes … Continue reading

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It was a good day

This morning I went to see The Lego Movie, and really enjoyed it.  Even better, a group of special needs kids were in the audience as well, and afterward I heard an echolalia coming my way, and it came from a … Continue reading

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