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Devah Pager, Who Documented Race Bias in Job Market, Dies at 46 - The New York Times
Her husband said she loved to ride bikes, sing and dance and frequently organized karaoke nights. Her signature song was the anthem popularized by Gloria Gaynor: “I Will Survive.”
obituaries  research  jobs  academia  karaoke 
4 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Kiese Laymon and Casey Gerald Confront American Success - The Atlantic
“It ain’t about making white folk feel what you feel,” she told him—advice that Gerald’s Granny seems to have lived by too. “It’s about not feeling what they want you to feel. Do you hear me? You better know from whence you came and forget about those folk.” Unlike the American Memoir, our stories must be honest. That is how we get free.
memory  books  nonfiction  writing  race  usa  academia  family  identity  presence 
9 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Interview: Kathleen Hanna on The Raincoats and Building an Archive « The FADER
It’s not so much about nostalgia, it’s about leaving a record so that people can view things in the future. I think of punk rock as more of an idea than a genre, and I don’t see it as antithetical to the notion of building on things. I didn’t have a grandma who like, left me a trunk full of shit. I always wanted to leave that trunk full of shit for someone else, you know? Feminism created a family structure for me.
music  history  academia  rock  activism  women  feminism  power  family 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Anthropology of Hackers - Gabriella Coleman - Technology - The Atlantic
Hacking, however, is as much a gateway into familiar cultural and political territory. For instance, hacker commitments to freedom, meritocracy, privacy and free speech are not theirs alone, nor are they hitched solely to the contemporary moment. Indeed, hacker ethical principles hearken back to sensibilities and conundrums that precipitated out of the Enlightenment's political ferment; hackers have refashioned many political concerns -- such as a commitments to free speech -- through technological and legal artifacts, thus providing a particularly compelling angle by which to view the continued salience of liberal principles in the context of the digital present.
technology  academia  education  politics  power  digital  freespeech  ethics  philosophy 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
About My Job: The Indologist - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan
The purpose of my field, then, is to understand something about the ways of being human in the world. And if I could find a single term to convey all that I’d be home free!
india  academia  humans  science  research  work  education  asia 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Times, They Changed - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
The 60s remembered through the photograph of a Kent State student lying lifeless on the ground has even less appeal for students in 2010 than for the Class of 1970. But histories of that period also record the correlation between student activism and changes that made this country better: students sitting in for racial integration in Greensboro; students standing up for free speech in Berkeley; and students marching on the Pentagon for peace in Vietnam.

Better than questions about the lethargy of student activism in 2010 are inquiries into the times. Where are the 60s? It's the times that have changed, not the students. It's the administrative practices and economic circumstances incubating campus culture that have changed. Those conditions didn't change on their own, however, and they won't change themselves again.
activism  academia  college  education  politics  power  1960s 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Stanford survey finds iPhone habit-forming - San Jose Mercury News
"One of the most striking things we saw in the interviews was just how identified people were with their iPhone ... It was not so much with the object itself, but it had so much personal information that it became a kind of extension of the mind and a means to have a social life. It just kind of captured part of their identity."
apple  iphone  mobile  study  research  academia  stanford  technology  ritual  attention  nokia 
march 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Ronald T. Takaki dies at 70; pioneer in the field of ethnic studies - Los Angeles Times
Takaki was hired and in 1967 taught the university's first African American history class.

When the young Japanese American, sporting a crew cut, walked into the classroom for the first time, the students, some wearing Afros and dashikis, fell silent. One student finally spoke up.

"Well, Prof. Takaki," the student said in a challenging tone, "what revolutionary tools are we going to learn in this course?" Takaki replied: "We're going to study the history of the U.S. as it relates to African Americans. We're going to strengthen our critical-thinking skills and our writing skills. These can be revolutionary tools if we make them so.' "
berkeley  asian  history  education  california  race  obituaries  academia  ethnic 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Tony Brown leaving as dean of Hampton University journalism school --
"He said he just wants people to understand that he's not upset about leaving," said broadcast journalism graduate Courtney Snead. "That it's just a next step in his life, just like the one we're taking."
journalism  academia  virginia  education 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Daily Aztec - Living a life that doesn't feel quite right
“For me, art is really inseparable from politics and pedagogy. I would hope, that by seeing this, people might have a better idea of what the word transgender means, or maybe, what ‘gender’ means, and to think about their gender in a new way, just to open up possibilities for people.”
gender  social  online  web  secondlife  art  transgender  politics  academia  identity 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The future of the book turns a page |
These are but a few of the possibilities of “books” in the digital era, says Virginia Kuhn, Associate Director of the Institute for Multimedia Literacy at University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles.

A professor who uses film as a classroom textbook and embedded video in her doctoral thesis, Ms. Kuhn is working with a new digital authoring tool dubbed Sophie (

The open source software was developed at the Institute for the Future of the Book, but the 2.0 version is under construction at USC with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

In a Sophie-created “book,” says Kuhn, think of the pages as being “thick,” or full of information sources. These might include video clips, music, narration, or a wide range of textual sources. The tools allow readers to go as far into the potentially unlimited additional material as they want to go.
books  publishing  media  education  academia  research  information  data 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
John Hope Franklin, Scholar and Witness -
“My mother and I used to have a game we’d play on our public,” Dr. Franklin said not long ago, his voice full of artful pauses, words pulled out like taffy. “She would say if anyone asks you what you want to be when you grow up, tell them you want to be the first Negro president of the United States. And just the words were so far-fetched, so incredible that we used to really have fun, just saying it.”
president  obama  history  black  obituaries  academia 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The MBA Option | American Journalism Review
"I was amazed that the people doing the decision-making [at the paper] had no business training whatsoever," says Breyer, now in her second year at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. "As journalists we had the same experience: We went into journalism for idealistic reasons. You very quickly see it is a business, and it is subject to the same constraints as any other corporate environment. I thought, if I want to make a difference in media, this is the time to get those skills."
education  journalism  media  business  college  academia  corporations 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Last Professor - Stanley Fish Blog -
The other night, my son asked me why he couldn’t just “enjoy his life,” without the bother of schools or teachers. I answered by dropping a spoon into a glass of water, “Is the spoon straight or crooked?,” I asked. “It’s straight,” he replied. “Look again,” I said. “It looks crooked,” he told me, “but I know that it’s straight. ” “Your eyes tell you that it’s crooked,” I told him, “but your mind knows that the water is distorting what you see. That’s why your mind is important, and that’s why you have to learn to think.”

My water trick was taken from Plato’s “Republic,” and as some academic once wrote, “QED.”
thinking  education  academia  nytimes  attention  brain 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Unboxed - When Academia Puts Profit Ahead of Wonder -
"The law of unintended consequences is perhaps less a 'law' than a simple statement of fact: We cannot accurately predict all the results of our actions. We may do something with the best of intentions, and sometimes even accomplish the good toward which we aim. Yet, at the same time, we are all too often surprised by results that didn’t occur to us beforehand."
technology  academia  business  corporations  law 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Wired Magazine: Novelist Neal Stephenson Once Again Proves He's the King of the Worlds
"I could never get that idea, the notion that society in general is becoming aliterate, out of my head. People who write books, people who work in universities, who work on big projects for a long time, are on a diverging course from the rest of society. Slowly, the two cultures just get further and further apart."
literature  libarry  writing  reading  books  fiction  culture  science  history  society  academia  education  philosophy  interview  sciencefiction  time  future 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Happiness Gap: USC College : News : 2008 : July : Anke Plagnol & Richard Easterlin
"In their analysis, the researchers control for birth cohort and demographic characteristics such as race and education. They find that women are, on average, happier than men in early adulthood — but the glow wears off with time. Specifically, after the age of 48, men’s overall happiness exceeds women’s happiness."
happiness  research  academia  men  women  race  education  science 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | Europe | Paris 68: Revolution or charade?
"In politics, in academia, in the media, you have a well-oiled mechanism that promotes people who share the 1960s ethos."
1960s  academia  politics  media  france  identity  aesthetics  europe 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Money | n+1
"There are four ways to survive as a writer in the US in 2006: the university; journalism; odd jobs; and independent wealth. I have tried the first three. Each has its costs."
academia  jobs  magazines  money  publishing  reading  writers  writing  novels  journalism  editing 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Who Is a Public Intellectual? - Paper Cuts - Books - New York Times Blog
"At the most fundamental level, ideas for them were not building blocks to a career. Rather, careers were the material foundation that allowed them to define and express their ideas."
internet  philosophy  academia  identity  public  politics  career  attention  books  reputation  from:cecily 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
THE ACADEMY: Goombah 101: The Talk of the Town: The New Yorker
"Over Memorial Day weekend, fittingly, Fordham University hosted a conference called 'The Sopranos: A Wake.'"
academia  research  story  television  philosophy 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
'Buffy' stakes out academic turf - 06/09/2008 -
"It's like I tell my students in philosophy a lot of times: We're not so much about necessarily finding all the answers as wanting to ask better questions. 'Buffy,' I think, does that."
story  television  academia  philosophy 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Is the Orient an invention? - Telegraph
"According to Said, a cluster of assumptions and commonly held beliefs (touching on everything from the spice trade to ideas of Oriental despotism, sensuality and splendour) dominate Western perceptions of the East."
theory  academia  middleeast  culture  europe  terrorism  september11 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Slate V - Bookmark: Sex Research, the Video
"Mary Roach, author of the new book Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, relates how she and her husband became the first couple to be filmed on 4-D ultrasound while having sex. We have the tape, too."
sex  science  research  academia  men  women  biology 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
cityofsound: The street as platform
"Freeze the frame, and scrub the film backwards and forwards a little, observing the physical activity on the street. But what can’t we see?"
academia  cities  computers  data  design  futurism  information  infrastructure  location  media  mobile  music  politics  presence  privacy  public  radio  research  scifi  social  sociology  society  software  story  technology  urban  web  wifi  writing  essay  film  sciencefiction 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Science of Online Dating and Compatibility Testing - New York Times
“They think they know what they want. But meeting somebody who possesses the characteristics they claim are so important is much less inspiring than they would have predicted.”
dating  relationships  nytimes  love  online  data  information  research  marriage  academia 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Newspaper journalism in crisis: Burnout on the rise, eroding young
"Using the MBI-GS, the purpose of this study is to determine the rate of burnout among newspaper employees, which includes reporters, copy editors, page designers, news editors, photographers and executive/managing editors."
journalism  media  newspapers  research  editing  writing  academia 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge Author takes on hip-hop culture from the inside
"I was very clear about what the purpose of my vocation was. It wasn't to try to satisfy intellectuals who would remain quarantined to the ghettos of the academy."
academia  black  race  hiphop  books  washington  research 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
"Influential urban thinker Richard Florida is following mentor Jane Jacobs's footsteps to Toronto and, by example, proving one of his major theories: that multicultural, gay-friendly urban centres will attract the most innovative and creative individuals.
cities  academia  canada  toronto  diversity  creativity  urban 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Class Consciousness-Raiser
"Humor in poverty? About people and sex. In the middle class? About situations. In wealth? About social faux pas. [...] The key question about food in poverty: Did you have enough? In the middle class: Did you like it? In wealth: Was it presented well?"
poor  poverty  class  education  academia  humor  wealth  food 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
In Mideast, a Growing Linguistic Divide -
"I told him the whole world will say the largest university in Israel just closed its Arabic department. That scared him. But there is still this feeling of needing to get away from them as far as possible. This is the attitude shown toward Arabs [...]"
israel  mideast  middleeast  arabic  language  academia 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Tartan Online : Student gets fellowship to research black culture
“Most people don’t think of the District of Columbia as a southern city, but blacks from places like Maryland and Virginia moved there, and I think it’s interesting because this was where all the policymakers were, but there were no new jobs [...]"
washington  maryland  virgina  black  race  history  research  academia 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: History, Digitized (and Abridged)
"There's an illusion being created that all the world's knowledge is on the Web, but we haven't begun to glimpse what is out there in local archives and libraries,"
history  books  research  jobs  work  academia  copyright  public  sustainable  reading 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
"My working definition? Oh, no. Here goes: an urban, youth-oriented culture based on rhyme and color that originated in black and Latino communities in New York in the '70s. But that's just a frame of reference, a starting point."
hiphop  black  latino  academia  education  identity  music  research 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Friends, friendsters, and top 8: Writing community into being on social network sites
"Social network sites are not digital spaces disconnected from other social venues — it is a modeling of one aspect of participants’ social worlds and that model is evaluated in other social contexts."
academia  community  culturalstudies  culture  education  environment  friendship  futurism  identity  livejournal  philosophy  psychology  reading  writing  work  web  theory  technology  sociology  social  smartmobs 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Wired 13.09: The Epic, Tragic, Operatic Inside Story of Doctor Atomic
"What is good is the business of politicians; what is beautiful, of artists; what is true, of scientists. This means that scientists should pursue their research irrespective of whether it's moral, and politicians should then decide how to apply it."
theater  academia  opera  music  classical  sanfrancisco 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
CHE: 9/23/2005: Frans B.M. de Waal's "We're All Machiavellians"
"Power is all around us, continuously confirmed and contested, and perceived with great accuracy. But social scientists, politicians, and even laypeople treat it like a hot potato. We prefer to cover up underlying motives."
politics  animals  identity  altruism  psychology  social  friendship  stress  academia  education  war 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Heavy Metal Gets an M.F.A.
"It's simple to talk about Satan as a symbol, but it's important to consider the deeper meaning of the symbol. To me, the Devil is not a symbol, but a moment that touches on morals. The moment when a person changes - that is the Devil."
music  songwriting  rock  aesthetics  academia  identity 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: What's in A Name? Ask This Traveler
"The world is a place of nuance, flux, hardship and complexity: We all live together in it. The real safety will come from learning how to live together better, not from trying to push others out."
academia  travel  writing  911  transportation  ethnicity  race  palestine  civilliberties  identity 
august 2005 by allaboutgeorge
VV: P.H. Dotcom
"I write my blog because I wish that things were different, and I'm thinking about how to make them that way."
academia  weblogs  aesthetics 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Chalkboards? Try Using Chessboards
"A lot of times in education we try to teach kids the one right answer and that leads, in my opinion, to robotic thinking. Real life isn't like that. Is there ever one right answer? Generating alternatives for the sake of alternatives is a good thing."
education  chess  academia  games  thinking 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: College Faculties A Most Liberal Lot, Study Finds
"In general, even broad-minded people gravitate toward other people like themselves. That's why you need diversity, not just of race and gender but also, maybe especially, of ideas and perspective."
diversity  academia  politics  race  gender 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Times Online: Academics of the world unite for a gig with the Smiths
“They were always very culturally aware and there is rich potential for intertextual discussion, because they refer to a lot of other areas of study."
smiths  rock  uk  1980s  academia  aesthetics  songwriting 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Is a Cinema Studies Degree the New M.B.A.?
"The greatest digital divide is between those who can read and write with media, and those who can't. Our core knowledge needs to belong to everybody."
cinema  academia  media  business 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
CSM: University towns: hot job markets
"It's very clear that most of the jobs we have created and will create in the future will require higher skills and higher levels of education."
jobs  usa  academia 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Top Foe of Affirmative Action Leaves California Regents
Mr. Connerly said that his own ancestry is black, Irish, French and Choctaw but that the "one-drop rule" boils his identity down to black. "I think with the fullness of time, that too will move forward," he said, "with or without me."
race  ethnicity  california  academia  politics 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Harvard Chief Defends His Talk on Women
"Male colleagues didn't say much afterwards and later said they felt his comments were being blown out of context. Female colleagues were on the whole surprised by his comments."
men  women  science  gender  academia 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge THE WORLD QUESTION CENTER 2005
"This year there's a focus on consciousness, on knowing, on ideas of truth and proof. If pushed to generalize, I would say it is a commentary on how we are dealing with the idea of certainty."
questions  philosophy  science  academia  logic 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
apophenia: Academia and Wikipedia (a response to Clay)
"Wikipedia is exceptionally valuable to read about multiple sides to a story, particularly in historical contexts, but i don't trust alternative histories any more than i trust privileged ones."
wikis  social  weblogs  academia  www  education 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Eggheads' Naughty Word Games
Both "Mason and Dixon" and "Post-Modern Pooh" are on our bookshelf at home; you tell me which one I haven't read yet
books  academia  writing 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: The risk taker
"I knew there must be loads of people just like me, interested in the same stuff. Otherwise who else was writing these books and drawing these paintings, and who were they doing it for?"
academia  obituaries  usa 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge Rap speak is altering the way we talk
"They're doing an African-American accent by reference to a limited number of accent factors, rather than doing the whole accent. In fact, it sounds 90 per cent Kiwi, but what we pick up on is the 10 per cent that's American."
academia  aesthetics  black  hiphop  identity  language  marketing 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
BoGlobe: Old-school attitude?
"Archiving hip-hop really got credibility that it didn't have before, OK? So now it's got credibility, or you can say, 'It's got bank.' You better use it as long as it's got it."
academia  black  hiphop  history  music 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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