Category Archives: Editorial


Weekend Reading: Let’s Just Go to Mars Instead


Another awful day in higher education, so I will just point to the blog of Ryan Martin, an anger researcher who once had to a teach a class with police officers stationed outside his class:

When class was over, I went back to my office (still aware of the fact that I wasn’t really any safer now that class was over) and all I could think about was what a ridiculous world we had created. How is it that we live in a world where students who want to learn and teachers who want to teach have to do…


Weekend Reading: Almost Back Edition


Mid-late August is an odd time in the higher ed calendar, as some schools have already started their semesters, while at other places, people are either clinging to the last two weeks of summer or franticly working to finish things before everything begins again. Whichever applies to you, I hope that your weekend is a great one, and that it contains absolutely no beet salad. (Unless it turns out to be delicious? But that seems like a stretch, right?)

  • It turns out we don’t just choose bad pass…

Weekend Reading: July 31 Edition


Happy end of the month, ProfHackers! When you you are enjoying a bit of relaxation or riding the productivity wave, we hope that you’ve had a great July. Here are a few links to give you something to think about or talk about (or both) over the weekend.

From Gamergate to Cecil the Lion, Internet mob justice is out of control.” And here’s Roxane Gay “Of Lions and Men: Mourning Samuel DuBose and Cecil the Lion

Food for thought: “The Dorito Effect: Healthy food is blander than ever and it’s maki…


Weekend Reading: It’s About Time Edition



Happy weekend, ProfHackers! We hope that you’re staying cool in the heat (or warm in the cool if it’s not hot where you happen to be).

After another week of turmoil and debate, the Confederate flag was removed from the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol building this morning after a 50+ year term. As the NY Times reports, it’s the end of an era. But NBCNews reports, the battle doesn’t end with South Carolina.

In less positive news, a seven day work week may soon be legal in the state of Wi…


Weekend Reading: Fourth of July Edition


Happy holiday weekend to our readers in the United States and happy regular weekend to everyone else (and a belated happy Canada day to our neighbors in the north)!

According to an article in Vanity Fair, technology isn’t all it’s cracked up to be: “How iPhones Ruined Summer Camp.”

Also, for the iTunes users among us, or should I say the former iTunes users, Apple has been unrolling Apple Music over the last several days. If you use iTunes and haven’t gotten the update, it’s coming your way soo…


Weekend Reading: “Interpretive Jiggery-Pokery” Edition


Happy weekend, ProfHackers! This week’s subtitle is thanks to Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent against the Supreme Court’s vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act. More on that decision and others below.

*When I initially drafted today’s Weekend Reading, I had a paragraph with links about the Confederate Flag and the ongoing discussions about it’s place (or lack thereof) in American culture. In light of today’s Supreme Court decision legalizing gay-marriage across the United States, I’ve decided…


Weekend Reading: Juneteenth Edition

7661811590_4b737793c3_z Happy Friday ProfHackers! It’s been a difficult week to be in South Carolina between the unseasonably hot weather (it’s the South; we are used to hot summers, but not this hot this soon) and the horrible events in Charleston. Many people have offered their thoughts on the shooting at Emanuel AME church. A few worth reading: Charles Pierce’s piece in Esquire,Charleston Shooting: Speaking the Unspeakable, Thinking the Unthinkable“; A NY Times editiorial “Lynching as Racial Terrorism”; and the W…


Weekend Reading: Summer Camp Edition


What with all the news from Wisconsin and North Carolina and, let’s face it, the whole world of public higher education, it can seem legitimately overwhelming/despairing. One concrete thing to do would be to improve one’s faculty activism skills, and the best place to do that is the AAUP’s Summer Institute. It’s a three-day boot-camp in organizing one’s colleagues, talking to the media, pressuring senior administrators, and much else. It’s also a good way to keep up with news about the legal co…


Re-evaluating the Risks of Public Scholarship

Last week I attended the HASTAC Conference, an interdisciplinary conference from the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (one of the oldest and most active academic social networks around). HASTAC is dedicated to public scholarship: many of its initiatives are based around blogging and sharing ideas through the social network, and the conference included livestreaming many sessions for a virtual conference, with a very active Twitter feed supported by designated…


Open Thread Wednesday: Summer Reading Edition

open thread reading Earlier this week, I shared my summer reading lists. Now it’s your turn. What book(s) are you looking forward to reading this summer?

Do you have recommendations for our readers, either books that you loved or that you are really excited about?

Do you have plans to do any pleasure reading? Or do you have a slate of research and/or teaching titles on the docket?

Does your family participate in Summer Reading programs either through your local library or through a school?

Or would you prefer to g…