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December 20, 2016 in Selected Essays, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Resisting the Urge to Profess

Some of my former-students-turned-academics like to explain things to me. Whether we’re talking about the dangers of political apathy or the health benefits of exercise, I am treated to mini-lectures... Read More
December 20, 2016 in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Persona Matters

Just as interesting as Jordan Schneider’s fine essay, "Why I Curse in the Classroom,"were the responses — the horrified reactions of those who believe the sky will fall if a professor... Read More
March 14, 2016 in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Scholars Talk Writing: James M. McPherson

About a zillion years ago, I was an editorial assistant at Oxford University Press, apprenticed to Sheldon Meyer, one of the great editors of American history. Sheldon had exquisite taste…

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March 7, 2016 in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Scholars Talk Writing: Laura Kipnis

Readers of The Chronicle will be plenty familiar with “Troublemaker” Laura Kipnis, a professor of film at Northwestern University. In February of 2015, she wrote an essay about “sexual paranoia” on campuses. A group of Northwestern…

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