Humanity in the humanities?

I’ve been meaning to talk about this article for some time, one of the better ones to show up in the Chronicle in a while. Author Keith Wilhite, who teaches at Duke, suggests that the current job search process at the university level leaves a lot to be desired–in fact, that it’s downright inhumane. Outlining […]

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Making the grade…

…and checking it twice (actually, more times than that). Grading is in full swing, and so updates here won’t be for a bit–but I’ll be past the end of semester grading crunch soon, and then will be back with more frequency. Best of luck to everyone on final exams, projects, papers, and (of course) best […]

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New book chapter released.

I’ve just received my copy of a new book for which I contributed a chapter: Authority of Expression in Early Modern England is a book published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing which, to quote the back cover, “brings together an international group of scholars writing on the relationships between authority and the self in early modern […]

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A milestone.

I’m very happy to announce that the University Personnel Committee at St. John’s University met on Wednesday and voted unanimously to approve my application for tenure and promotion–which means that I will be a tenured associate professor as of September 1st. Obviously this is a major milestone in my academic life, and when reaching such […]

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Just a quick follow-up…

I’m happy to report that Brandeis has backed off of its scheme to close the Rose Art Museum and sell its art, which I talked about here recently. From President Jehuda Reinharz to the Brandeis community: Dear Members of the Brandeis community: The past ten days have been extremely difficult for all of us. I […]

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Two down, one to go…

Just a quick note to say that I’ve gotten past the second stage of the tenure process; my college committee voted to approve my tenure request, which means I have one step remaining: an appearance before the university personnel committee, which obviously has a major say in what happens next. I’m being careful not to […]

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Once more unto the breach!

Academics are seasonal creatures. Some people grow out of the September to December / January to June schedule after high school, and most of the rest get over it once they’ve gotten past college (and sometimes) graduate school…but for a few people (we happy few!), Labor Day continues to signal the end of the break […]

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On drafts and disasters…

There’s an interesting article over at the Chronicle of Higher Education concerning the writing process, or more specifically, the rewriting process. Rachel Toor tells a tragic tale (especially tragic if this has ever happened to you) of a book, nearly completed, annihilated by the dreaded computer crash. (I’m always amazed when people who have gone […]

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