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Fish on Churchill

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On April 6, 2009
This seems like a very sensible take. As far as I can tell the charges of academic misconduct against Churchill are very, very thin gruel — as Fish says, mostly run-of-the-mill academic debates about whether the evidence is sufficiently strong rather than more serious or unequivocal charges — and it’s inconceivable that he would have […]

Mr. Trend has a thoughtful post about why he studies military dictatorships in Latin America: But studying dictatorships has a particular oppression looming over it. Environmental destruction, strike-

A Teaching Moment…

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On February 24, 2009

I normally have a post each semester about what I’m teaching. This semester I’ve let events get away from me a bit, but no time like the present. The courses I’m teaching this semest

Effort and Merit

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On February 19, 2009
Aye. …the key is that these two statements are very different: Jason Greenwood, a senior kinesiology major at the University of Maryland echoed that view. “I think putting in a lot of effort should merit a high grade,” Mr. Greenwood said. “What else is there really than the effort that you put in?” “If you […]

Oh Glorious Day!

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On January 21, 2009

Just found a couple weeks worth of research that I believed I had lost. This means, in effect, that I have accomplished two weeks worth of work before 11am. With that under my belt, time for a beer! S

Ezra Klein: Wrong About the Academy, Wrong for America

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On January 14, 2009
Ezra: I grew up among academics. And I have never since met a class of people so contemptuous of teaching. You’d think they were being asked to chew mud. When in the course of making blanket statements based on what amount to personal anecdotes, Ezra should probably pause to consider whether he knows any academics […]

I’m Duly Impressed…

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On January 13, 2009

The Provost at UK has launched a “War on Attrition”, designed to mobilize faculty around the goal of keeping economically marginal students in school during the recession. In spite of my g

Opening Day

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On August 27, 2008
Ah, the first day of class…. nothing like coming into the office, pouring yourself a cup of coffee, then noticing that you didn’t quite finish the cup of coffee that you poured for yourself on the last day of class in April. Anyway, here are the webpage and syllabus for my National Security course. Share

Egads

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On August 20, 2008

Ahem. … I guess that I’ve always been mildly curious about how often this goes on. In eleven years of teaching, I have never been solicited once, nor (and you’ll have to believe me o

Dilemma…

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On August 3, 2008

While messing around with my computer this morning, I accidentally uninstalled Civilization IV, and I’m not sure where I put the installation disks. So now I’m wondering; should I panic, o

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