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The Social Contract

Pres. Donald Trump has three rhetorical ticks that give me heartburn. He uses the phrases “people tell me all the time” and “they say” when he’s making things up. He accuses the media of disseminating “fake news” whenever reporters disagree … Continue reading

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Last Chance

It’s too late to post anything for credit–that deadline passed Wednesday–but I am in the process of revising next fall’s Contemporary American Literature course. I’m likely to replace Salvage the Bones with Sing, Unburied, Sing, but additional suggestions are welcome! Continue reading

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A Quick Reminder; Callout Culture

As tempting as it may be to blog during class, I consider it bad form. Also, unless you’re highly proficient at multi-tasking, you’re not really getting the material being covered while you blog. On to another topic: callout culture, which … Continue reading Continue reading

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School Violence and Mental Health

Recent legislation to improve school safety not only involves active shooter drills and required training sessions for teachers, but also an expansion of the way schools and police scrutinize social media postings. Civil Libertarians fear that the latter provision takes … Continue reading Continue reading

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An Information Society

Imagine a state where medical professionals had immediate access to information that would assist in diagnosing health issues. Imagine a state where science reduced the likelihood of wrongful prosecution and imprisonment. Imagine a state where all citizens could know with … Continue reading Continue reading

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Making #metoo Connections

It should not have taken me so long to post this. Silence breakers who are part of the #metoo movement won Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” award. I’ll post later on the significance and the complexity of the movement. … Continue reading Continue reading

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Contemporary Literature Possibilities

Greetings all. The list below constitutes possibilities for the contemporary literature course I will teach in the fall semester. I still need to trim about four titles; it’s possible, even now, to consider a replacement text. I want your input. … Continue reading Continue reading

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One More Quick Thought about Yesterday

Would all Americans have been better served if our media outlets focused more on reporting the news than on editorializing it? Continue reading

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In Case You’re Interested

Dr. Jeffrey Courtright, MUW’s Humanities Teacher Award (2016-17) winner, will give an address titled “Why Philosophy” tomorrow at 6:00 in Painter 113. You’ll need to sign out to attend; if you’re interested in attending, email me. Continue reading

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Notes from a Guest Poster

Students: your responses to the previous blog entry garnered the attention of Mr. Daniel Wise, who is a candidate for the Mississippi House of Representatives, District 106, and the father of our very own Savannah Wise, Class of 2017. Here’s … Continue reading Continue reading

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