Monthly Archives: December 2011

‘Gender’ vs. ‘Sex:’ Why I’m fascinated by the shape-shifting nature of words

In a way words are shape-shifters. We think of them as static in their meaning, but that is far from the truth. They change constantly, they shift shapes and shades of meaning, even mid-sentence, mid-conversation, but especially across generations and … Continue reading

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To My Students: From Europe to the Role of Higher Ed

Something for you at the end of the semester, and as some of you leave us. For those who will be going “into the wide, wide world,” congratulations on your graduation. Ah, Europe. You, like other cultures of the world, … Continue reading

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Why are we here?

I think this will be my continuing theme, as I grapple with teaching. There never comes a time when I say, “Everything’s perfect. This is perfection.” Never will come, never can come, for everything is constantly in flux: the academy, … Continue reading

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