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[This is a guest post by Celeste Marshall Kahn, an undergraduate at Converse College. She is majoring in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing and is a member of the Converse Nisbet Honors program. Follow her on Twitter at @cellykahn. --@eetempleton]
When Dr. Templeton invited me to attend THATCamp LAC with her, I knew that it would be a great opportunity. But an opportunity for what, exactly, I honestly did not know. My head was full of questions: What are the Digital Humanities? How can this help me? What is an unconference? What are the Digital Humanities, again? I was also concerned because I’m not really what I would call “technologically savvy.” I’m an English major! I read books and write papers! What does this have to do with me? Needless to say, I was both curious and apprehensive. But after perusing the THATCamp LAC website (which you all should do if you…
June 14, 2011, 8:00 am
Like three other Profs. Hacker, I recently attended THATCamp Liberal Arts Colleges (LAC). Unlike the three, I’m not in the humanities. Yet, I found the experience to be enriching and inspiring.
Why did I go? You can read more about that at my blog. I don’t think my attendance was too far-fetched, given my background (I double-majored in both physics and performing and visual arts, concentration in music, specializing in piano [whew, that always is long to get out, but it's not accurate to say that I have a full music degree.] I also teach a course on the physics of music.) And I’m a whole-hearted enthusiast of the liberal arts mindset and try to teach physics in a holistic manner, appealing to my students’ analytical and creative sides as I guide them in the ways of learning the topic, ways that include steps such as reading historical narrative of science. But in short, I went to see…
May 18, 2011, 3:00 pm
Yesterday saw the kickoff of the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education, a joint project of many, many groups in higher education, spearheaded by the California Faculty Association and Lillian Taiz. (See coverage at the Chronicle and InsideHigherEd.com.) The campaign has a couple of broad goals: guaranteeing access to affordable, quality higher education, and including the voices of faculty, students, and other stakeholders in budgetary discussions about higher education.
Faced with a systematic assault on public funding for higher education, the Campaign notes that those cuts fall most directly on low-income and first-time college attendees, and that the past several decades worth of cuts (see Aaron Bady on this) are creating a system that sets aside a real education for those privileged few able to afford it (and the unpaid internships and courses/semesters abroad and…