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'Society Must Be Defended': An Inauguration Day Read-In

Here’s a unique way of organizing in resistance to the incoming administration.

Via Paige West and JC Salyer

In the wake of the 2016 US presidential election scholars across the country and internationally have worked to understand the drivers for the election outcomes. 850 more words


Am I surprised?

My current job has been my dream job for a very long time and as a little caveat, I would like to say that I am happy to have it. 488 more words


Some hints re course coordination for new lecturers

I’ve been asked to speak to new lecturers at the Uni about the role of a course coordinator. (Note: the University of Newcastle uses course to refer to individual subjects and program to refer to the collection of courses that make up a degree) and thought I’d share some thoughts here. 1,789 more words

Being An Academic

Try Your Skills

How quickly can you find out what is so unusual about this paragraph? It looks so ordinary that you would think that nothing is wrong with it at all, and, in fact, nothing is. 63 more words


The Rare Knowledgesphere

I sometimes get a self-depreciating response when I tell people what I do: “oh I could never do that,” “I wouldn’t even know where to begin,” or my least favorite; “I’m not smart enough to do that myself.”  Sure, I’m intelligent, but more importantly I am interested in my work and I put a lot of time and effort into practicing it.  1,474 more words

Grad School 101

What is the State?

If you ever wondered what people are talking about when they say  “state,” this is my rendition of it. I wrote this short paper in the Fall of 2016 for my Intro to Transnational and Comparative Politics class. 2,254 more words

My Gratitude Diary: Day 808+809

I am focused on me. I am strong. I love and am loved . I am blessed. I live in success. I have 幸せ~

I am grateful for the plentiful and satisfying sleep~ 145 more words

My Happy (幸せ/Shiawase) Moments