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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…

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Do You Support Melissa Click?

Yes, faculty sometimes have political conflicts with students, and putting up your dukes is not the answer. But what counts as real harm? And why do universities believe that firing professors who have gotten into hot water sends the right message to their students? I am not saying it is never appropriate to fire or…

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Digital Humanities Blogging

In addition to getting this blog up and running, I’ve been posting at The New School Digital Humanities Initiative site, where I put up my own posts. As Director of the DHI, I also wrangle an excellent stable of student blogger/hackers who review apps academics might want to try out. Why not go on over and check…