January 5, 2015, 12:47 pm

The Rules Were Not Suspended: What Happened at the AHA Business Meeting

grumpy_noYesterday afternoon the members of the American Historical Association (AHA) present at the business meeting were asked to take up several resolutions proposed by Historians Against the War (HAW). These resolutions proposed that the AHA condemn the state of Israel for alleged violations of academic freedom against both US and Palestinian scholars; and for attacks on research centers in Gaza last summer. You can read the resolutions here; you can read accounts of the meeting at History News Networkin my Twitter feed (I was sitting right behind Rick Shenkman, so I guess we were the press section) and in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The business meeting had been preceded by a session organized by the Mid-Atlantic Radical Historians Organization (MARHO). It too was organized late and was not on the program, although it was well publicized in the weeks leading up to the annual…

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January 3, 2015, 4:30 pm

Being a Public Intellectual: Historians and the Public

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Tenured Radical was launched on October 18, 2006, in New Haven Connecticut. In a little more than seven years I have written 1,794 posts on topics as various as the humanities job market, national politics, sexual assault, books, writing, and the BDS movement. Although I began writing under a pseudonym, that only lasted for a few months, since I was quickly outed by my students. That turned out to be a good thing, however: not only has blogging brought me a great many opportunities in the old and new media worlds, it also became a place where I have been able to articulate my ideas and observations about higher education from the perspective of someone who has been in school, in some fashion, for over half a century now.

In the summer of 2010, I received a call from The Chronicle of Higher Education, asking me if I would…

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December 31, 2014, 1:57 pm

Going Gay at the AHA

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Cary Grant models inappropriate convention wear for your edification.

Following up on yesterday’s suggestions for out-of-towners, we asked Flirtatious Freddie, our tenured ace reporter, where queer historians might want to make new friends or dance with old ones. We got this reply:

“The hottest club that seems to make NYC feel like NYC is Viva but the cover is $30–Saturday night,” Freddie tells us. Tenured Radical researchers looked it up and saw that “shirtlessness is encouraged but not required.” Use your judgement, full professors! “There is no cover but plenty of dancing at Industry in Hells Kitchen, only a few blocks from the Hilton,” Freddie continues, “while Atlas Social Club, also quite near, is good early — between 11pm and 1:30am most weekend nights. In general, there are a dozen bars in Hells…

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December 30, 2014, 11:23 am

Make Your Way Through AHA

MV5BMTU3MTQyOTU3NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDYyMzkxMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_AL_The Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association is a home game for Tenured Radical, so expect lots of juicy posts. Our reporting capacity here at the CHE and on Twitter @TenuredRadical will be enhanced by the free Wifi available at the conference.  How things have changed in only a few years! It used to be we had to have cell phone tethering, and good forbid that ones attended a session in a room with a steel support beam.

Other improvements this year include a really good conference app that allows you to build a schedule and (wait for it) tells you where the sessions are with pin drops! For some reason the app is not showing up on an iTunes search, but you can download it from iTunes here.

You will note an enhanced police presence near the Hilton, which means you should not even think of jaywalking, particularly since one part of the campaign against traffic deaths …

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December 26, 2014, 2:46 pm

Ho-Ho-Ho: Giving It Away

flat,550x550,075,f.u1Every year, we at Tenured Radical give away money. Why? So the government can’t have it to build bombs and subsidize the sugar industry, of course! If you are itching to do good, here are some causes that caught our eye this year.

Planned Parenthood. This is an annual donation to which longtime readers of this blog are accustomed. Women’s health is vulnerable to federal budget cutting for the next two years in a way it hasn’t been for a long time, and a gift given before December 31st will be matched, up to $1 million. Did you know that Planned Parenthood dedicates itself to men’s sexual health as well — and is one of the leading health care providers for Latino men nationwide?

OutHistory.org. As a volunteer co-director for OutHistory.org with Jonathan Ned Katz (our founder) and John D’Emilio, I give my time. However, because we are free and take no advertising, we need money to…

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December 22, 2014, 4:23 pm

Ask the Radical; Or, Tweet Me Nice

santalumpcoalWe used to have a feature here at Tenured Radical called “Ask the Radical.” I don’t know what happened to it. It may have disappeared when we had staff cutbacks several years ago, eliminated tenure-track blogging, and began relying on hourly bloggers that we hired in university cafeterias. For those of you who are not long term fans, this feature is sometimes drawn from questions people have actually asked me, but it also includes questions that I think people should have asked me. So without further ado, we return to this feature with a direct question asked by a real live reader.

Dear Tenured Radical: Why did you block me on Twitter? Signed, Hot Fingers Houlihan.

Dear Hot Fingers,

Your entire tweet, and I quote, read: “You are a total moron! Shame on you.” In Tweeting this, and tagging me up, you broke several of the new rules established at Tenured Radical in recent weeks….

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December 12, 2014, 9:42 am

Noel Jackson’s Loony Bin Trip

Massachusetts Institute of Technology lit prof Noel Jackson is claiming that his employers hospitalized him involuntarily after he posted a series of enraged tweets about police violence against black men. He has also called out #DH colleagues at the University of Maryland for failing to bring digital humanists to the barricades. Jackson’s tweets include a charming picture of himself (apparently posing as a hip-hop artist), in which he gives MIT the finger. Check out this story by Nina Strochlic in The Daily BeastCheck out Jackson’s Twitter feed here.

So what’s my problem with the story? Strochlic’s only real source is Jackson’s Twitter feed.

In a tweet sent yesterday, Jackson states:

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 8.24.24 AM In case you are wondering who “bitch tricks” is, Jackson is referring to his employer: he uses this phrase regularly to refer to MIT. When challenged by a female graduate student on Twitter a…

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December 11, 2014, 10:07 am

And The Dead (Fields of History) Shall Rise Up

jefferson-davis-in-a-dress-1865-caricatureFollowing on the public hissies being thrown about the demise of The New Republic, there is apparently another cause for concern about the death of intellectual life as we know it: the history of the Civil War is being miserably neglected.

This will surprise many people. Am I the only one who remembers that some years back the Journal of American History announced that it was no longer accepting everything written about the Civil War for review? This was not because of an unreasoning prejudice against these books, but because they were completely awash in them and there were many other fields that needed the space.

Fact: military histories of the Civil War are staples for some university presses. They are not being published because they are exactly interesting, but because there is a solid and dependable market for Civil War and local history. There are enthusiasts out there who…

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December 10, 2014, 9:37 am

Gifts From the Childless

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Lots of pieces are critical to the successful present.

It’s that time of year — lots of gifts to buy and no time to buy them. Our buddies over at ProfHacker have some terrific ideas. Alternatively, if you are planning on shopping Amazon, you can go over to the Althouse blog and support a small-business killing megacorporation and a libertarian law professor at the same time.

But in this post I want to address my particular expertise during the holiday season: I am the childless person who buys presents for other people’s kids. If you are childless, and you like the children in your family, you must buy them presents. The parents, not so much! A fruit basket will do for them.  But the key way to be remembered by children who you do not see as much of as you would like (which is, like, all of them in case any …

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December 7, 2014, 11:13 am

Is The New Republic Dead? Who Cares?

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What do you mean A DIGITAL MEDIA COMPANY????

I won’t even begin to try to recapture the traffic on Facebook about the recent implosion of The New Republic (mostly because I don’t have time to ask my friends if I can quote them) but several things surprised me about this event.

First, many people who have resigned from TNR in the past week are friends of mine. Second, they were all men, and all white. Yes, this honkin’ radical lesbian has a lot of #whitemalefriends, and some of them wrote for TNR. Surprise!  None of my friends who resigned from this 100-year-old publication were gay, people of color or women: they never wrote for, or worked at, TNR in the first place.

I was unaware of all these things since I haven’t had a subscription to TNR since college (and yes, contra one of my friends, I do…

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