Pseudo-Sabbatical

As some of you may remember, I am enjoying my pseudo-sabbatical this semester. I was somewhat put out to find that while it was possible to jump the line to get tenure (which I did 🙂 it was not possible to bend time in order to get a sabbatical. You have to be at the…

Ring Ring Goes the Bell

Classes begin tomorrow; as usual, I face that fact with a mixture of anticipation and dread. Just like the students, I prefer to be on holiday. Every new semester makes me wonder if I know what I’m doing. Birthday boy Robert (Happy Birthday, again!) says the same thing he always says, “Make them stand on…

Branding: Medievalist

Yes, the third prong of my branding identity, such as it is, has to be me the medievalist. I realise that all of my many attempts at branding only make it clearer that I have weird and esoteric tastes that resist any attempt to brand me for a potential audience. At least “medieval” is surely…

BitchBuzz: Hi-Tech TNG

My latest piece for BitchBuzz deals with my on-going concerns about the ways we’re not incorporating New Media into the classroom and our students’ professional development. Sure they can all Google and text each other, but they’re not always aware of how they present themselves rhetorically in digital space, nor how to prepare themselves for…

BitchBuzz: 21st C Women’s Studies

Check out my latest piece for BitchBuzz where I try to focus on the duties I’ll be taking on as coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at my college. It’s going to be a challenge to revitalise the program as we had an off-year last year for a variety of reasons. My thought…

Seven Deadly Sins

Of course, this spider isn’t deadly, but it looks as if it were! Okay, there’s not really a link to my topic, I just thought this picture Stephen Fry posted on Twitter was terrific. He’s currently down in Madagascar and if you follow his tweets, you will get some cool photos. In class today I…

Devil’s Night (almost!)

Two things: on Thursday, the actual Devil’s Night, we’ll be taking part in a reading on campus sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta. Many spooky stories and poems will be featured as well as costumes and general spookiness. If you’re in the neighborhood drop by Standish Room 1 in the Student Activity Center around 7pm. Also,…

Living Down to Expectations

I give up: my students in the Gender and Medieval Literature class have let me know that the fight to gain equal rights for women has utterly failed. Life today is apparently much like that of Anglo-Saxon England (although with better plumbing). Men, they tell me, are still expected to be brave and strong like…

What’s got art and sounds like a bell?

The last of the Jonathan Miller events took place at the Tang Teaching Center at Skidmore (which comes up on Google after the drink and the dynasty). This was a conversation which seemed to have more potential for fun than the panel discussion and more interactivity than the lecture. Miller took a stand for versatility…

Cranky

We headed up north again yesterday to meet Crispinus at the Parting Glass before the next Miller event: Panel Discussion – Film & The ImaginationThe panel will feature Jonathan Miller and Faculty members Tom Lewis (English), Marc-Andre Wiesman (Foreign Languages and Literatures), Erica Bastress-Dukehart (History), and Skidmore student Sean Mattison ’08. The pub was a…