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In Search of Obliterated Time

It might seem strange that after hibernating for several months (which blogs do in northern climes, in case you don’t watch David Attenborough documentaries), mine stirs to new life to announce this: A few days ago, my colleagues and I … Continue reading

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A Hippocratic Oath for Campus Leaders

American college campuses are increasingly looking like the Berkeleys and Columbias of the 1960s: seething cauldrons of protest and conflict. Our colleges and universities are, more than at any time in my memory, becoming key battlegrounds where our cultural wars … Continue reading

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Eyes and Ears

I’ve had some strange encounters with university administrators in my day, but a recent conversation ranks high on the list. For various reasons, I hesitated to write about it, but the chill wind blowing across American college campuses keeps reminding … Continue reading

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Campus Crisis Communications 101

How should campus leaders speak to their communities in a crisis? How should they strike the balance among key concerns like facing sobering realities, trying to boost morale, and simply conveying significant information? This has been an ongoing issue in … Continue reading

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Academic Freedom v. Radio Silence

The latest Twitstorm arising out of the University of Wisconsin’s budget/tenure/ governance crisis features Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of educational policy studies and sociology at UW-Madison, and an outspoken critic of the leadership of Chancellor Rebecca Blank. Goldrick-Rab, according to … Continue reading

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Tenure: A Eulogy

Dear Tenure, It’s still a little hard to believe that we’re all gathered here today to say good-bye to you. I know you’d been ill lately, but even until close to the end, many of us hoped against hoped that you’d … Continue reading

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The Tenure-Flavored University

What’s left of a university when some of its core ideals and protections have been gutted? And what do its faculty and staff do now? Those are the grim questions we’re faced with at the end of a grueling roller … Continue reading

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So Many Books, So Little Marx

A college professor’s morning routine looks a lot like most other people’s, except for the Marxism thing. For while they’re brushing their teeth, getting dressed, and having breakfast, professors are already mapping out another day in the Marxist indoctrination of … Continue reading

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Panther Pride

I have school spirit to burn, even if it doesn’t always show itself in the most obvious ways. Don’t bother looking for me at pep rallies. I don’t have a rack full of neckties in our school colors, black and … Continue reading

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Universities are Not Startups

Welcome to Wisconsin, aka Wississippi, aka Ground Zero of the battle for the soul of American higher education. My colleagues and I have ringside seats, and this fight is coming to a university near you. So pull up a chair. … Continue reading

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