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It’s A Conference: Women, Politics, Fun

Yes We Can (pull together a conference in less than 12 weeks.) Leah Wright Rigueur (Harvard K-School), Robon Morris (Agnes Scott College) and I are nothing if not — impulsive? Energetic? Awesome political historians ready to respond to the moment? Whatever. In any case, we thought the nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton as the first…

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On Faculty Advising: A Follow Up

Last week I had the privilege of writing an opinion piece for Inside Higher Education. The editors were interested in exploring some of the issues behind Columbia sophomore Nayla Kidd’s disappearance. For several weeks, Kidd’s friends tried to contact her to let her know she was being searched for as a missing person. Even when she learned…

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Why Blog A Book? An Invitation to Play

Don’t worry: I’m not going to blog the whole book. If I did I would never finish it. Or at least, I wouldn’t be able to finish it and also finish season 6 of Game of Thrones. On the other hand, as academic bloggers know, the discipline of blogging is good for keeping our minds…

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Fail Better: Reflections on a Good Life

Earlier today, I attended my high school class reunion, where I was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Alumnae Association of The Baldwin School, in Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania. I was asked to give a short address to the Upper School, and this is what I said. I am humbled by this honor, in part because…

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Hungry? Have a Coke

In a better — or even different — world, I would have time to read Marion Nestle’s new book, Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning) (Oxford: 2015) now. Instead I read Natalie Angier’s excellent review of it, “The Bear’s Best Friend,” (New York Review of Books, May 12 2016.) Here’s the good news: all the bad public relations…