Category Archives: Academia

‘School athletics at the center of attention devalues intellectual students’

Sociologist Randall Collins writes: Anyone who has been to high school in the United States knows there is a prestige system, with the jocks and cheerleaders at the top, and the nerds at the bottom. The term “nerd” has no … Continue reading

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The Study of Judaism: Authenticity, Identity, Scholarship

Here are some highlights from this 2014 book by Aaron W. Hughes: * In 2007 I published a slim and what I hoped would be a provocative volume entitled Situating Islam: The Past and Future of an Academic Discipline. This … Continue reading

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Life After Academia With Historian Lisa Munro (6-28-21)

00:00 Historian Lisa Munro, https://www.lisamunro.net/blog-1/2018/7/1/failures-of-imagination-post-phd-edition 01:00 Leaving Academia: Loss Grief and Healing, https://lukeford.net/blog/?p=140408 04:30 Lisa is an adoptee, https://twitter.com/llmunro 08:30 Lisa was 38 before she knew her biological parents 22:00 Education promotes conformism 27:00 Education as indoctrination 28:20 Education fads … Continue reading

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Leaving Academia: Loss Grief and Healing

Lisa Munro writes in 2017: I’ve been out of academia for two years, having finished my PhD in 2015. I think I’m finally on the road to healing. I often joke that leaving academia feels like the worst break up … Continue reading

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Beyond The Academic Ethic

Philosopher Stephen Turner published this essay in 2019: * the German academic system of the late nineteenth century, which became the model for the modern research university… * Harvard University, for the first three centuries of its existence, was essentially … Continue reading

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