Semester-Starting Stromateis

Inside Higher Education features a list of ten technological innovations to watch out for in 2009 (at least one of which I was advocating in 1999). IHE also reports on a session at the American Historical Association meeting, which discussed the possible value of rejiggering the grad-school curriculum. The premise makes sense to me; to…

Duly Noted

Joey linked to an interview that Branford Marsalis gave, in which he submits that “all [students] want to hear how good they are and how talented they are. Most of them aren’t really willing to work to the degree to live up to that.”   Without disrespect to Marsalis (or Accordion Guy), I’d want to…

From Hand To Pixel

Ulrike Reinhard has posted an excerpt from the email interview that she and I prepared for the next issue of WE magazine — she was intrigued that I hand-wrote the notes for my responses to her questions, and asked if I’d send a page of notes along with my answers. I will, of course, be…

Best of 2008

I’ve been putting off the canonical obligation for a blogger to write retrospectively about the year past, partly because my family and I felt the weight of a particularly bleak year (in several regards), and I don’t want to bellyache. I’m heartened by the prospect of an Obama administration, but I don’t expect much of…