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Category Archives: the Radical testifies
October 17, 2011, 2:29 pm
On Saturday, the Radical interrupted what might charitably be called a seven day grade-a-palooza to attend one of the 1500 events that have spun off around the globe from Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park. Earlier in the week, our neighborhood Blockwatch (which tends to focus its efforts on baking cookies for our “friends” the police and reminds us to watch out for African-American people who, organizers imagine, live elsewhere and drop by to steal white people’s $hit) sent out a portentous message that the demo was expected to be massive. The po-po, they warned, would be using our neighborhood as a “staging area” and we should avoid downtown. (more…)
October 6, 2011, 5:12 pm
Dear Tenured Radical:
It was my dream to get a tenure-track job. However, I am only in my second year in a humanities department and my dream has become a nightmare. The semester is not even half over and I am exhausted. My classes are over enrolled by about fifteen students. I am behind on my grading: last week my students asked when they would get their papers back and I heard myself saying that I had left them on a bus and that the Transit Authority Lost and Found was closed for Rosh Hashanah. I barely have time to review the reading I have assigned my students. Confession? Sometimes I don’t even read it.
Every time I think I have protected a little free time someone schedules a meeting: worse, our university now uses Meeting Maker, so I get a…
August 11, 2011, 1:26 pm
By cheerful happenstance I had a few empty minutes last night prior to The NewsHour. (Al Qaeda? If you ever want to cripple the nation’s intellectual class, consider hitting living rooms in Cambridge, New Haven, Providence and Philadelphia at 7:00 EST!) I clicked over to MSNBC, where the Reverend Al Sharpton was delivering a personal message to Rush Limbaugh about the possibility that the Cenk Uygur show (where Sharpton has been guest hosting as the network determines Cenk’s fate) has a racist teleprompter. WTF? I said to myself, which is professional blogger-speak for “Sounds like a post to me!”
July 29, 2011, 1:16 pm
In the case of the Tenured Radical, I think we can say: most definitely yes. After two years on the job market, I recently accepted an offer of a tenured faculty position at rank. While I have not yet entirely digested the experience, I have a few reflections on it in the event that you too are thinking about going on the market as a senior person.
I know, I know. All of my advice is supposed to be for the nontenured or the jobless. But senior people have dreams too, don’t they? So after years of telling other people what to do, I put some of my own advice into practice.
July 6, 2011, 5:37 pm
The Nation had a recent, and very provocative, issue organized around the theme “Re-imagining Capitalism: Bold Ideas for a New Economy.” Assuming that the revolution is not on its way as we speak, the authors argue for the restructuring of capitalism to provide the prosperity that free-market theory (as practiced across the political spectrum) has made an even more distant dream. These articles are worth a read, particularly since they break into old dichotomies to demonstrate how a more humane economy might also be a stronger one: the series features employee-owned industries as opposed to the euphemistic “small businesses” politicians love to talk about; government as a guaranteed employer of last resort rather than as a workfare overseer; and reforms of liability law are but a few of the ideas about how we might balance the profit motive with a more even distribution of…
May 4, 2011, 12:21 pm
A few weeks ago, one of my friends was sorting a box of stuff that had gotten thrown into the garage prior to a kitchen renovation years ago. She found an historical artifact that she swears she is going to send me for a future lecture on the recent economic meltdown. It is a flier from one of those advertising mailers that usually has coupons for a few things you really want (like laundry soap), as well as ads for a few local gardening centers and siding contractors. This particular ad was for Countrywide Financial, one of the lenders whose dishonest practices figured prominently in the home loan bubble. Countrywide offered to refinance her home if she just filled out the coupon and sent it back, no credit check required. “Imagine!” she said to me, as if she had found a poodle skirt in the closet. “Refinancing your home through an advertising mailer!”
But that was exactly how it…
March 26, 2011, 11:44 am
|Where is this clause in the constitution?|
Welcome to the blogosphere! I like the design of Scholar as Citizen, and frankly, I’m also happy to have another age peer in the house. Although I’ve never had a whole political party go after me (very impressive, dude!), I did suffer an attack from a fellow historian and his followers that had its hair-raising moments.
I didn’t get the death threats on my voice mail that an untenured colleague at a prestigious flagship received from the Sunshine Band. However, I got plenty of hate mail, as well as copies of numerous emails sent to Zenith’s president, members of the history department, and the board of trustees. These various communications, and numerous letters, all called for my termination — something that was, of course, impossible, since I already had tenure. It wasn’t covered in the national media, but it was ugly all the same…
March 14, 2011, 3:27 pm
|You did it again, Charlie Brown.|
Two days ago I woke up with a slightly sore back. I did what I normally do with back pain (other than worry that my advancing age is causing my arthritis flareups to accelerate): pop two Advil and flex in the shower while hot water pounds on my lower spine.
It got worse.
Four hours later, I got up from my computer and was seized with paralyzing pain extending in a band around my spine. Such pain, at that central location of the body, causes involuntary gasps that sound like this: “$hi-hi-hi-hi-hitte!”
I couldn’t think what I had done to cause this problem. I haven’t been rowing (the recent flooding blew away our club dock, and you can’t erg on the road.) The only exercise I have had during and after my travels has been my normal regime of weight lifting and a daily, sedate turn on the Exercycle.
I took two more Advil. And a Valium. No dice.
I’ll spare you…
October 11, 2010, 1:22 am
|Ellie Smeal and Alan Alda, ERA rally
June 30, 1981. Photo credit
Gender inequality occurs in educational, and subsequently professional, atmospheres in which we have substantial evidence that men and women are equally able. The gender gap in math testing is shrinking rapidly, and at the top levels, it is insignificant. But as New York Times reporter Tamar Lewin noted in her commentary on “Why So Few,” a lack of faith in women’s abilities on the part of those who should be welcoming them to the next level of achievement may also reduce the confidence of even the top young female mathematicians. Hence, as Lewin concluded, “girls’ lesser belief in their own skills may partly explain why fewer women go into scientific careers.”
So returning to the question I asked in a…
September 14, 2010, 7:13 pm