Rice University Press is being shut down next month, ending an experiment in an all-digital model of scholarly publishing. While university officials said that they needed to make a difficult economic decision to end the operation, they acted against the recommendations of an outside review team that had urged Rice to bolster its support for the publishing operations.
Via the PostSecret website, it is unclear whether the poster intentionally picked a photo of Sikhs or if this was unintentional irony. Not that the sentiment would have been any less offensive if the person wearing a turban was actually a Muslim. It certainly didn?t matter to the families of victims of post 9-11 hate crimes whether the victim was Muslim or not. I bring this up because William Dalrymple has an op-ed in the NY Times about the proposed Islamic center planned for lower Manhattan (for those living under a rock, see William Saletan?s piece in Slate for a good roundup of the issues surrounding the center):
The following article is a guest post from Sarah Snow.
Writing is a constantly evolving craft. If you consider yourself a writer, it is important that you hone your skills on a regular basis. The following ten conferences offer workshops, guest speakers, and information on publishing. Attending these can be a great way to not only improve your writing, but also to get in touch with individuals in your field.
One of my students, Nikolas Dawson, hipped me to these nifty animated videos developed from lectures at the RSA, the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, ?a cradle of enlightenment thinking and a force for social progress.? My student was pointing out a video about recent financial crises, RSA Animate ? Crises of Capitalism, that combined an edited version of a David Harvey lecture with great animation, but in the process of poking around their website, I realized that there?s an interesting clip for readers at Neuroanthropology.net.
For anyone interested in social stratification and university systems, Julie Garza-Withers has written ?Is the Community College Still the Best Bet for Working Class Students?? over on the ?Working Class Perspectives? Blog. This blog raises similar issues to what I wrote about in my essay here ?The Sociology of Status Hierarchy and Why I Think Chico State is a Better College than UC Berkeley?? Or more to the point, Garza-Withers? blog asks why such a premium is put on where you learned something, rather than what you learned? And more importantly, she asks why there is an inverse relationship between the quality of teaching and the status of the institution; or in other words, why are the most dedicated teachers (and smallest classes) at the Community Colleges rather than at the more high prestige places? (The reverse question of course is why at the elite universities insist on teaching Anthro 101 in sections with several hundred students, and an army of inexperienced teachings assistants?)