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Free to be me

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On April 30, 2009

My wife just received a certified letter alerting me to the odd news that I’ve somehow received tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor. This is great news for a variety of reaso

No such thing as bad publicity…

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On March 16, 2009
At a certain point, you might think I’d grow weary of the attention periodically bestowed upon me by Donald Douglas, Pro-Victory Associate Professor of Political Science at Long Beach City College. But no. As Donald’s latest ode convincingly demonstrates, there’s really no disadvantage to being randomly cited as a “representative of the utter ideological bankruptcy […]

The annals of self-immolation

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On March 11, 2009

Wow. I’ve always been amazed by bizarre and/or offensive and/or illegal interview behavior, having witnessed an abundance of it over the years during faculty searches. But I’ve never reall

Syllabus Bleg

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On December 30, 2008

Each spring, I have to teach an introductory, interdisciplinary social science course with the banal title, “Reading and Writing in the Social Sciences.” In years past, we’ve spent m

As good an excuse as any

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On September 5, 2008
I just submitted my tenure file to the proper authorities. I am now going to get impossibly drunk. And dance a little bit. Before waking up in a cold sweat every night from now until April.

Ignorance

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On June 26, 2008

Duh: A new book from Stanford University Press called Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance proposes that . . . we need rigorous and careful thinking about the structure and function and ty

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CBA Time

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On March 9, 2008

Tomorrow, I’ll be mailing my vote to approve our faculty’s new collective bargaining agreement, which was negotiated over the course of about 14 months in 2007 and early 2008. In the words

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