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Classicising modernity

Last week I was lucky enough to attend a provocative and thoughtful discussion of the relationship between classical Greek tragedy and the development fascism in Italy, Germany, and Greece. 738 more words

Doing Research

Don't be that dude: Handy tips for the male academic

There is a plethora of research on the causes of hostile environments for women in academia, and on why we have an underrepresentation of women in many fields. 1,062 more words

Professional Development

Helen Williams reblogged this on Helen Louise Williams and commented:

This post by Tenure, She Wrote is thought provoking for male and female academics alike. I’m re-blogging it here for continued thought and discussion. I’d love to know what you think!

Exploring Eden: Is it better to be knowledgable or to be happy?

I have my feet in two worlds. The first one, and initial one in my life, is one of Christianity and focusing on faith and beauty and Jesus and being sweet and loving and forgiving and soft and kind and respectful and to give give give and to pray pray pray and to, above all things, walk in endless grace that God literally has to lay down in front of me as I go because, boy, do I need grace. 1,043 more words

NonFiction

College drops the word "freshman" on the ground that it contributes to "sexual violence"

Because nothing says “sexual violence” like the word “freshman”:

ELON, N.C. – Elon University has dropped the term “freshman” from its vocabulary and replaced it with “first-year,” a move made official this fall and implemented in everything from its website to orientation workshops.

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Something is Missing

This morning, dear Reader, I surveyed my oak-lined rooms and thought, il me manque quelque chose.

This is why I found myself silently opening the door of my colleague Dr Fflloyd’s office a few minutes later. 247 more words

Academia

Skype in the Classroom: Applications for the History Classroom

Depending on whom you ask, the introduction of technology into the classroom is either a blessing or a curse. The proliferation of technology has provoked some good discussions, in addition to expletives involving use (abuse?) of Powerpoint slides in lecture. 548 more words

Academia

That Shirt.

A senior scientist on the Rosetta/Philae mission (a stunning success, brilliant and audacious, thrilling!) decided to show up for work on perhaps the most important day of the mission, the most important day in spaceflight since Curiosity landed on Mars, wearing a crappy bowling shirt covered in cartoonish images of half-naked women. 454 more words

Online Community

Helen Williams reblogged this on Helen Louise Williams and commented:

[caption id="attachment_858" align="alignright" width="249"]Photo from the ESA news stream, via @RoseVeleth's Twitter feed Photo from the ESA news stream, via @RoseVeleth's Twitter feed[/caption] Last week, the European Space Agency landed a space probe on a comet. The Rosetta mission’s project scientist, Matt Taylor, went on international television to talk about the success. He wore a shirt covered in drawings of scantily clad women with big boobs and big guns. This was inappropriate, unprofessional, and sexist. Infactorium wrote an excellent summary of why this shirt was wrong, wrong, wrong: