From The Multiversity: The New Paradigm

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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 administrative units that play multiple functions and roles
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Just Another Naked King

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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 such questions…
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The Noble Doubt and the Cardinal’s Certain Flight

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The cardinal's steely resolve is touchingly quixotic.
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A Conversation with Bill Kauffman

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I am the illegitimate son of Dorothy Day and H.D. Thoreau.
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An Athenian Coup, or Slapstick Bedtime Story?

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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…
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The Stalinists Take South Carolina, or Why I Love Berlin

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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.”…
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Killer Pumpkin: A GardenDisPatch

Au Sable July 14, 2015
It’s nurse Goodbody pulling up the drive.
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Kids These Days: Why We Shouldn’t Worry if They Don’t Leave Home Early

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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…
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Visit to a Small Planet

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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…
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Contemplation and Distraction; or, Fecating and Free-Ranging Over the Deadline

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I don’t really mind being everyone’s full-time unpaid employee.
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Puritans and The Pope: The Conflicted Christian History of American Ecological Ethics

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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…
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Comes the Chicken Coop: A Dispatch

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Laying hens, I warrant, are a vote for the long view.
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30 More Years of Rootless Professors

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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…
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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

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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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