From The Multiversity: The New Paradigm

Saginaw, MI This post is part of a series that will explore what prominent thinkers can teach us about today’s public multiversity, the modern university with its many colleges, departments, and other… [more]

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Just Another Naked King

What hath Athens to do with Main Street?  Why should an economic crisis in a small European nation shake up the world?  And can this possibly add up to freedom? If despite all you know about globalization… [more]

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The Noble Doubt and the Cardinal’s Certain Flight

Ingham County, MI Early on a Saturday, beyond the window above my writing table, the farm’s southwest quadrant emerges in the coming light. A year ago this three-acre section was a thick tangle of… [more]

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CASCADE_Template I am the illegitimate son of Dorothy Day and H.D. Thoreau.
Screen Shot 2015-07-17 at 2.47.59 PM For tonight’s lesson, I said to my ten-year-old, tell me how the first democracy was created. “Sure,” she said, remembering our lessons past. “It was in Athens, about 2,500 years ago, and the poor people of Athens were unhappy and…
369509288_4e76ffa9ef Any expat will tell you that the longer they spend outside of their home country the easier it becomes to dispassionately examine the current events happening there. Last week my eyes fell upon the headline, “South Carolina waves the white flag.”…
Au Sable It’s nurse Goodbody pulling up the drive.
Screen Shot 2015-07-14 at 6.18.31 PM A popular version of the undying nostalgia for a golden era gone by is the view that this era was a time when men were men, and children grew into adults at the proper time. These days you cannot go…
Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 4.21.17 PM BURNED-OVER DISTRICT, NY — As New Horizons races past Pluto this week, I offer this blast from the recent past, a tribute to the discoverer of the ninth planet (International Astronomical Union be damned), Clyde Tombaugh. The piece first appeared…
Pix & Movies to Dec. 21, 2008 024 I don’t really mind being everyone’s full-time unpaid employee.
Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 9.47.26 PM The responses from American Christians to Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ have fallen into two predictable categories: Economic conservatives push back against Francis’ critique of “technoscience,” claiming that capitalism and technical innovation have made billions of people more prosperous. On…
Chicken Laying hens, I warrant, are a vote for the long view.
Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 11.41.27 PM In the thirty years since writer-professor Eric Zencey first published his essay “The Rootless Professors” in the Chronicle of Higher Education, much has changed, and much hasn’t, regarding academe’s reputedly rootless ways. “As citizens of the cosmo-polis, the mythical ‘world…

The Incredible Industrial Egg

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The local library’s inventory reduction sale had progressed over several weeks from a buck a book and a dollar a DVD, to two dollars a flat, and finally to a free for all. There in the dregs was an egg.…
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In the Academy, Violence is the Answer

DH Lawrence June 23, 2015
Maybe I’ll just take the shortcut between the spirit and the flesh.
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The Silly Season is Here Again

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Elections are here, but manure-spreading is nothing new.
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Harriet Tubman, in a Child’s Eye

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BURNED-OVER DISTRICT, NY - I’m overjoyed that the phiz of that bastard Alexander Hamilton, the father of corporate capitalism, will be removed from the $10 bill he has for so long defaced with his smug mug. I wholeheartedly second my…
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Stinking at Parenting: A Dispatch

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To quote the apostle: And what shall I more say?
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Palmyra, Centurions, and Fighting ISIS from the Bottom Up

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The fact that the chattering classes outraged by ISIS’s atrocities would unleash the latter-day centurions of the air so eagerly, while leashing ordinary people so cavalierly, should give pause to those of us suspicious of the modern state and jealous of society’s spaces.
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