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Looking Back on RSA in My Home State and Thinking of James Wright

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Submitted by Jim Aune on June 1, 2010 - 7:25pm


Northern Pike
by James Wright

All right. Try this,
Then. Every body
I know and care for,
And every body
Else is going
To die in a loneliness
I can't imagine and a pain
I don't know. We had
To go on living. We
Untangled the net, we slit
The body of this fish
Open from the hinge of the tail
To a place beneath the chin
I wish I could sing of.
I would just as soon we let
The living go on living.
An old poet whom we believe in
Said the same thing, and so
We paused among the dark cattails and prayed
For the muskrats,
For the ripples below their tails,

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APA and the Erasure of Complicity


Submitted by Jim Aune on May 20, 2010 - 1:32pm


I wonder if any NCA types were involved in any of these programs. A month or so ago Judee Burgoon sent an email around to NCA Distinguished Scholars asking our help in an interdisciplinary program to improve "cultural awareness" of troops in Afghanistan. I wonder what's lurking in the military/CIA past of some Communication scholars.

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"The Past Isn't Dead. It Isn't Even Past"

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Submitted by Jim Aune on May 20, 2010 - 1:15pm


Keep the Negroes Out of Most Classes Where There Are a Large Number of Girls’: The Unseen Power of the Ku Klux Klan and Standardized Testing at The University of Texas, 1899-1999

Thomas D. Russell
University of Denver Sturm College of Law

March 22, 2010

U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10-14

Abstract:

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My Favorite Internets Reading Right Now


Submitted by Jim Aune on May 19, 2010 - 12:48pm


If you haven't been reading Robert Paul Wolff's memoirs, they are pretty amazing (but go back to the beginning). Struck again how vicious philosophers are (even compared to LitCrits). And why DID everyone hate McKeon so much?

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I love reading lists

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Submitted by Jim Aune on May 18, 2010 - 7:18pm


Eric Rauchway's reading list for the core graduate course in historiography at UC-Davis.

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Does Teaching Matter at Research Universities?


Submitted by Jim Aune on May 18, 2010 - 6:19pm


Crooked Timber continues a discussion that started on Brian Leiter's blog. Thoughts?

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Job Market


Submitted by syntaxfactory on May 11, 2010 - 9:34pm


Two thoughts:

1. Why will the MLA issue so many reports on poor placement of PhDs yet do nothing about it?

2. Why will the MLA not differentiate "rhetoric" from literature and linguistics when releasing these statistics?

Bill Eadie, at one point, used to keep job stats in Comm of a limited scope. I wonder if those numbers are still available?

From ADE Bulletin:

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IHE, are you only provocateur?


Submitted by syntaxfactory on May 7, 2010 - 8:21am


Today, at Inside Higher Ed, we find:
http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2010/05/07/roney

Context: The last week has seen a stream of email messages of congratulations to the University of Central Florida, where a Department of Writing and Rhetoric has been created and puffy public relations documents calling it a "model" for national innovation have been shared. It looks, to me, like a pulling together of some old ideas (WAC, teaching faculty, and independence from lit studies) in a new configuration, but it is nonetheless notable.

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Languages...


Submitted by syntaxfactory on May 5, 2010 - 1:35am


To the left is a CFP for an anthology about Dr. Who which I post not only because I am a geek but also because the editors prefer contributors fluent in more than one language. The idea is to trace the reception of the Dr. Who text into other cultures, an act that requires that you speak both English and the reception language.

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