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Turkey is Occupy not Spring

June 23, 2013 - 14:28

The #Taksim protests in #Turkey should IMHO be read as part of #Occupy, not as analogous to the #Arab_Spring. The same is true of the protests in Brazil: Occupy not Spring.

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A MOOC Roundtable

June 15, 2013 - 08:14

MOOC is, let's face it, an ugly acronym. As almost everyone in the world of higher education learned this past academic year, it stands for Massive Open Online Course. 

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Talking back to the MOOC brigade

June 7, 2013 - 09:58

Here is a link to a collaborative course I am giving with Cathy Davidson at Duke.  It is time to at least halt the MOOC train and engage ourselves and our students in a broad conversation of what is going on here.

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Cervantes' Intent

May 18, 2013 - 12:01

Critics have long held that, even if Cervantes was at least somewhat aware that his work would be successful, this was only because he knew it was funny, and hoped that, in reading it, as he famously wrote in his first preface to Don Quixote, "the melancholy would be moved to laughter, and the merry made merrier still."

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"Anthropophagy as a worldview": Camus meets Oswald de Andrade

May 5, 2013 - 20:48

In 1946 Albert Camus traveled to South America. During this journey, he took random notes published posthumously, in which he produced irregular (and sometimes brutal) remarks on both cities visited and on persons he met.

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Bowdoin under attack

May 3, 2013 - 09:40

The New Criterion and the National Association of Scholars are at it again.

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April 22, 2013 - 23:19

One week after the bombings in Boston and I still feel the urge to write about this so much.

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Terrorism at the Marathon

April 18, 2013 - 07:38

Some responses, hastily and inconsiderately set down.

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April 15, 2013 - 10:53

Two summers ago, my family and I decided to spend an afternoon at Lisbon's Jardim Zoológico. Or perhaps it's more accurate to say that our eldest daughter made the decision to go and wouldn't relent until we took her there.

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Benjamin's "Work of Art" in the Age of Production

April 5, 2013 - 08:28

This post could also be called: Walter Benjamin in the Age of Me Noodling Around with Small Data.

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Don Quixote or Macbeth - Dilemma for Zviad Gamsakhurdia

April 3, 2013 - 12:18

Zviad K. Gamsakhurdia wrote his work “Dilemma for Humanity” just before his imprisonment in 1977.

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English-Language Resources for Arabic Poetics

March 30, 2013 - 09:23

Arabic poetics - the theories of criticism of poetry and eloquence in classical (mediaeval) Arabic scholarship - has a great deal to offer the contemporary reader and critic. This post is an iterative and discursive bibliography,

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Enlightenment and the Flood

March 21, 2013 - 10:28

No, she insisted, she could never go back to Zanesville. Of course, she would continue to visit her hometown but she would not live there again. My student’s words were adamant but her voice broke with undisguised sadness.

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On the Ethics of Employment

March 12, 2013 - 16:29

In its March 2013 issue, The Atlantic ran a tersely titled article, “Anthropology, Inc.” The author, Graeme Wood, spoke about a market research company (ReD) that was hiring anthropology PhDs to use their training in social science field work to dreg up data closer to home—in fact, in the home itself.

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