Archive for the 'academia' Category

Perhaps it was Cruel

Sunday, November 11th, 2007

In the medieval history quizzes (you remember, for that class of nigh-unto 100 students?) I am marking, I have sequential “fill-in-the-blanks” that are properly answered with “The Fourth Crusade” and “The Fourth Lateran Council.”
1) In 1204 the leaders of __________________ made a “detour” and conquered Constantinople instead.
2) Innocent III presided over _______________ in 1215 […]

Reading Pleasure

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

So I’m taking breaks from marking over the last two days and tackling Michael Bérubé’s What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts?.
What a complete joy this is to read! It’s neither politicized screed nor overwrought posing. It’s approachable, affable, insightful and engaging. You get the feeling for what Bérubé’s like in the classroom — the type […]

Triumphs in Teaching

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

So, one of the consequences of being the only person at a small university who teaches a certain subject in one language stream is that you see the same students over and over again as they work through the program. From first year through senior seminars and sometimes onwards to the M.A., I come to […]

Fun with Blurbs

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

I was checking out the Cambridge online catalogue and discovered that a snippet from my glowing CJH review is featured on the listing for an essay collection dealing with early Tudor religious history.
That’s nice enough but what’s more amusing is the blurb featured a little bit further down the page:
“A valuable and highly recommended addition […]

Why Supervise Graduate Students?

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Lagretta Gradgrind’s Chronicle column has been grist for the blogger mills this past week, with noteworthy posts and discussions at New Kid’s, again atNew Kid’s, from The Little Professor and even tangentially at Ianqui’s, as well.
It’s from the last of these links that the best insight comes. Because, really, why do we supervise graduate students, […]

The Price of Access

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

These stories on the release of the Processus Contra Templarios are absolutely ridiculous. What person, in their right mind, trumpets the publication of a book of historical documents when each 300 page volume costs a staggering $8377USD?
That’s right. A single volume, of three hundred pages, closing in on five figures.
What libraries can afford this? If […]


Friday, October 12th, 2007

My proposal for a chapter in an anthology has been provisionally accepted.
Now I simply have to write said 6,000-6,500 word chapter before mid-December. Eek!

What’s More Sad. . .

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Finding myself deep in a sense of déjà vu as I produced a draft document for some university duties?
Or finding an electronic file carefully preserved from seven years ago (the last time I carried out this particular duty and had somehow preserved the same through four different computers) and realizing that it could be revised […]

Conference or Scam?

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Thankfully, the conference at which I presented last weekend was no scam but a lively intellectual event. However, the conference that inspired this question was one promoted in an invitation I received in today’s mail: the Oxford Round Table.
Apparently I can be one of forty or so participants in a colloquium on the topic of […]


Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

The conference paper? It’s finished, all 2200 words of it. (When we’re talking for twenty minutes, I’d rather stay on the lower end of my target word-count).
I’m also finished with the powerpoint file of images to accompany my talk should there actually be a projector in the room when I arrive on Friday.