Thursday, January 31, 2013

a straight path into academia

more Omnivore, a selection of briefly annotated links about academia…highly readable equivalent of "Calgon take me away" for higher ed bloggers. Yes, wedo have our own news and plenty of it: from a new adjunct pages; an important new education column that we hope to feature regularly; chapter news; the impending arrival/revival of the NFM Newsletter; a new installment in the saga of Green River intra-union conflicts ~ to the saga's chronicler working on a new article about the New Faculty Majority (presumably our Foundation  as well). All sufficient unto the morrow, a new day...


From the Los Angeles Review of Books, the academy in peril: A symposium on Blow Up the Humanities by Toby Miller (and more).
Remy Smida reviews Game Theory and the Humanities: Bridging Two Worlds by Steven J. Brams. A group of digital humanists foresees a new phase of scholarly e-publishing; Scott McLemee gets a peek into their crystal ball. Richard Utz on how the English professoriat should embrace, accompany critically, and shape the new discourses its students sorely need to communicate and compete: blogs, video essays, Web comics, digital archives, data visualization, and the like. 
From n+1, Alva Edwards visits MLA 2013. Academe is complicit: In the wake of Aaron Swartz's death, Timothy Burke asks why so many scholars have failed to consider the ethical arguments for open access — or to act on them. Grading the glitterati professoriat: What students thought of the teaching of celebrities who have stepped inside the classroom. Can an element of secular transcendence be returned to the American college curriculum? A review of College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be by Andrew Delbanco. Toby Miller did not take a straight path into academia; he reflects on how his atypical trajectory shaped his views of the insular scholarly world.
a straight path into academia - bookforum.com / omnivore

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