University Diaries

A professor of English describes American university life.

December 18, 2013 - 2:55pm
Gender segregation at British universities.
October 19, 2013 - 3:05pm
The Vanishing of the University Football Fan, and What to Do About It.
September 26, 2013 - 9:08pm
"Don't you realize that as long as you have to sit down to pee, you'll never be a dominant force in the world."
June 30, 2013 - 5:12pm
The latest on athletics at Vanderbilt....
May 16, 2013 - 8:55pm
Reflections on the imminent release of the DSM-5.
April 10, 2013 - 4:31pm
An examination of France's wild and crazy chief rabbi....
April 6, 2013 - 8:55am
The language of madness is beginning to creep into the commentary on Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice, star of The Mike Rice Viral Video Show.  Narcissism, sadism, psychotic rage, all the terms we've learned from the psychiatrist's bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, now routinely appear, as sports writers and cultural observers express outrage that a mentor of young men at a respectable educational institution could inflict such sustained and intense punishment upon them. 
April 1, 2013 - 1:16pm
By their words shall ye know them.  The Princeton graduate getting global attention for warning current undergraduate Princeton women to gather ye assortative rosebuds while ye may isn't the April Fool's joke people are calling her.  She's got a certain take on things... Things having to do with the importance of physical, rather than virtual, campuses, for instance...
March 25, 2013 - 2:05pm
UD's buddy Jonathan alerts her to the latest in the Jane Goodall plagiarism story:  The release of her book bemoaning our laying waste to the plants and trees of the earth has been delayed. The publisher will eventually pulp all copies.
February 20, 2013 - 3:00am
Everyone's talking about Emlyn - Emlyn Hughes, the Columbia University physics professor who began his students' immersion in his subject by turning down the lecture theater's lights, stripping off his street clothes and putting on a ninja uniform, and then showing a film featuring disconnected images of violence and atrocity - the destruction of the Twin Towers, goose-stepping Nazis, Mussolini strung up, Major Kong on his bomb from Dr. Strangelove.


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