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Keith Thomas on Taking Notes

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 5, 2010 - 11:38pm

One of my scholarly heroes, Keith Thomas, on the history of note-taking by historians.


What Would It Take?

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 4, 2010 - 6:18pm

I emerged from the RSA convention in Minneapolis with a bit of a warm glow (atypical for me with academic conferences, which usually induce depression). I put in a little plug here for Donald Lazere, who organized one of the more interesting panels I was on.


Social Class and Higher Ed

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 3, 2010 - 11:51am

From the Brookings Institution: "the average effect of education at all levels is to reinforce rather than compensate for the differences associated with family background and the many home-based advantages and disadvantages that children and adolescents bring with them into the classroom." More sobering evidence here.


More James Wright, As I Remember the Road Between Rochester and Northfield, Minnesota

Submitted by Jim Aune on June 1, 2010 - 7:57pm

A Blessing
by James Wright

Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows
To welcome my friend and me.
We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness
That we have come.
They bow shyly as wet swans. They love each other.
There is no loneliness like theirs.
At home once more,


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

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,


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.


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?


I love reading lists

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.


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?