Still Open

I had thought that Secretary of Education would be a good way forward for me and the Obama Administration, but I would settle for Ambassador to the Vatican. Those other possible candidates have jobs, or have plenty of money on which to live; by appointing me, Pres. Obama would be fighting unemployment!

To Do List

As I work through another stack of exegetical papers, I’m struck by the variety of ways that students approach the task of writing an interpretive essay. I’ve said before, elsewhere, that we in the biblical field have a very hard time articulating what we expect of students; we enter the field by having successfully assimilated…

What He Said

I say a Church which allows people to serve at her altars not holding a doctrine which may be said to be a doctrine of this Church, is cruel to them, if she perpetually requires them to say what they do not believe; and therefore, while it would be hard for me to accept, in…

Not With A Bang

Today’s the last day of my last class at Duke. Since I have no idea what (or whether) I’ll be teaching next year, this feels like… kinda… the end, as far as I know. I have been knocking myself out for so long to make myself a good teacher and to make a valuable contribution…

Wow! Education and Gaming! Imagine!

This morning’s Inside Higher Education includes a breathless column by two professors of entrepreneurship about the relevance of computer games to education. I link to it partly because it’s further evidence of what some of us have been arguing for a long time – that if you want people to learn voluntarily and enthusiastically, it’s…

More On Ed Tech

Videorecording lectures is like filming a stage play (or a concert). An excellent performance can cross the media difference, but the odds are stacked against it. In order to make the recording snap, one needs to render the performance on the medium’s own terms. Compare a static camera recording a rock concert with Jonathan Demme’s…

Coincidence?

I heard about the deaths of Mark Fidrych and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick on the same day. The world is poorer without them both, but there’s something subtly winsome about the coincidence.

Eggs

Brother Matt O’Riley made a mountain of beaded decorative eggs to give out at Easter; we received ours several days ago (and waited till closer to today to open it), and they’re marvelous! I think I spotted our Elvis Costello egg, our “shell” eggs, and our Mary egg in the movie he and his friend…

Alêthôs Anestê!

Pippa, Margaret and I hit all the Triduum services at Holy Family to bring our very peculiar, somewhat stressful Lent to a joyous end. As John the Elder says, “what we will be has not yet been revealed” — but we’re hoping that Eastertide brings some relief and pleasant surprises in that regard.

Cue Bulging Veins

I listen to NPR a lot, and this morning I was struck by the extent to which they devote air time to people who expatiate on theological topics, but without the benefit of rich literacy in theological deliberation.   Lest I be misunderstood — and people frequently react sharply on this topic, so I’ll probably…

Further Stromateis

Jennifer alerts me that Trinity Church Wall Street will be offering online Station of the Cross and a Twittered Passion Play. I haven’t found the online Stations on their site, but if you copy-and-paste their script into a page you own, evidently the online stations will appear on your page. I’m somewhat baffled by the…