May 1st, International Workers’ Day, is my favorite holiday. I yearn for it all year long, and watch the sun set reluctantly in the evening, sad to see it leave. May Day was yesterday, and here in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, we had flurries. God, apparently, hates parades.
There isn’t a lot of religious studies-field news this last week, so I’ve decided to focus, instead, on the academy. There are lots of new changes affecting educational institutions across the US. Lots of us have various opinions about these changes, some of them quite complicated, but few have a sense of how things *should* change, or reasonably *could* change. The winners in this transformative moment for the academy will be the group that manages to arrive at a consensus on these issues, and institutionalizes them on the basis of their collective power. A few stories I’m watching. Both longtime readers will be thoroughly unsurprised that I have chosen to focus on class issues – both in terms of academic culture, and in terms of collective employee rights – as the most important changes to watch in the academy:
- Why the United States is Destroying its Educational System, by Chris Hedges
- How to destroy your political enemies with video the Breitbart way: lie
- Separate and Unequal: two-tiers of instructors?
- Is Being Transgender a Promotion Problem?
- Why Academic Publishing Sucks, by Larry Lessig
- Anthropology Professors reflect on Fieldwork
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