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Academia and Social Change Part I: The Problems of Access and Academic Distancing

There’s something a little a little odd, almost absurd, about being in an academic program that ostensibly exists for the purpose of ‘social change’. At the very least, academic study is not what usually comes to mind with those words, and the link between what I’m doing reading journal articles at my computer and actual change happening in the world is a little harder to trace, a little more circuitous than other forms of social change work. 998 more words

Social Justice

Why I can never be an academic

http://www.crosscurrents.org/miles.htm

To be an academic is to be a slave to a discipline, with all its subtle rules and underlying ideologies, and not a servant of truth in the sense that, I suppose, most people understand. 617 more words

Philosophy

Blog Post: Istanbul Seminar

It is has taken long enough for me to put together this blog post but here it goes:

Attending the CIEE IFDS in Istanbul was a welcomed opportunity to put myself in area completely outside my conform zone. 968 more words

Academia

Embodying Academia: On Different Bodies in Higher Education

In the medieval romance Sir Degare, a virginal princess stops on a journey through the woods to relieve herself. She becomes separated from her companions, is accosted by a fairy knight, and is raped. 1,139 more words

Academia

I Too, Walk the Line of an Adjunct

I learned long ago the futility of social protest in the modern era, which is why, while whole-heartedly supporting the underlying cause, I will not actively participate this Wednesday in… 147 more words

Personal

Limits

After several spring-like days a mere week or so ago, we have returned to bitter winter.

As part of this recent winter “event”, it snowed seven inches.  974 more words

Homelessness