Category Archives: politics

ENG 420 11.1: Dowd and Bensimon

Today’s Plan: Proposal Expectations Dowd and Bensimon reading notes and questions CUE’s Syllabus Review Protocol Reading Homework Proposal Expectations Original project description: Around week 9 of the course, I will ask you to submit a 750 word proposal for a … Continue reading

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ENG 420 9.2: Giroux and Academic Freedom

Today’s Plan: Calendar Update and Final Paper Information Sharing Final Paper Ideas Giroux and Academic Freedom Giroux and Academic Freedom In preparation for today’s class, I asked you to prepare papers that outline a potential research project. It is in … Continue reading

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ENG 420 2.1: Isocrates and Civic Education

Today’s Plan Attendance Review Last Class Two Readings: Salon and Breitbart Haskins and Benoit Homework Review Last Class Looking through your posts: Essentialism vs. Materialism Plato’s Elitism vs. Socrates’ insistence to Question Everything Plato’s Transcendentalism (Epistemology, knowledge) Two Readings As … Continue reading

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One Day Crash Course: Visual Rhetoric and Presidential Campaign Websites

Today’s Plan: Quick Overview of Visual Rhetoric (with an eye toward web interfaces) (12 minutes) Flash View at Presidential Campaign Posters (8 minutes) Looking at Presidential Campaign Posters (25 minutes) Walkaway (5 minutes) A Quick Introduction to (Visual) Rhetoric Today’s … Continue reading

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Petition Against Tuition Scaling

A quick post today; Governor is attempting to scale tuition increases based on major, with non-STEM majors paying more tuition. This proposal is built on faulty grounds. Increasingly, our economy is driven by creativity and innovation. The humanities supply these … Continue reading

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Among the Republicans

Prepping for my role as a blogger during the upcoming RNC, I read Among the Republicans by V.S. Naipaul, a reflection upon the 1984 Republican National Convention. Interesting is the extent to which Naipaul focuses on the rising New Right … Continue reading

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Sojourner Truth and the War on Women

From “Ain’t I a Woman?” December 1951: If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right … Continue reading

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Education in Ruins; a War of Nerves

I’ve talked about my love for Bill Reading’s The University in Ruins on this blog before. Today I came across a disturbing news item on Facebook that made me think of Reading’s warning, a warning echoed by Mark C. Taylor … Continue reading

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Davis on Derrida; What Levinas Offers Latour

Via Blogora, a video lecture by D. Diane Davis on Derrida, deconstruction, gratitude, and debt: Derrida and gratitude: thinking always has a debt. “The image of the trail blazing subject, self sufficient and completely independent is, of course, a metaphysical … Continue reading

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Obligatory Post on “Occupy Wall St.”

One of my graduate students, Adam Breckenridge, posted a link to Douglas Ruchkoff’s CNN article “Think Occupy Wall St. is a phase?” to facebook this morning. The article deserves some quality attention. I was particularly inspired by this paragraph: What … Continue reading

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