If You Know The Answer

A friend mentioned on Facebook having seen a billboard with these words on it at Oregon Health and Science University. I couldn’t find a picture of that actual billboard online, and so I made a meme with the phrase. It is indeed a great one. “If you know the answer, ask bigger questions.” How might [Read More…]

Language of Instruction

When I saw this in the description of a course taught at a German university, I had to laugh: The information on the page in question is otherwise in English. [Read more…]

The University Administrator’s Prayer

I had the idea for the above variation on the Serenity Prayer during a recent conversation about the fact that those of us who oversee programs such as a core curriculum may not have authority to make faculty conform with either best practices, or even with written guidelines about programs. At most universities, faculty have a high degree [Read More…]

Three Famous People Who Majored In Religion

A video made by someone who doesn’t know that employment rates for those who major in religious studies are comparable to those of any other major. Can you guess which three they chose for the video? Which three would you have focused on, if not these? [Read more…]

It’s In The Syllabus

I think we have three options. One is to say “you should already know the answer to that question” and carry on. One is to say “Please come to my office hours.” And one other is to recognize that, if we were in their situation, we too might miss something that is in a dense syllabus, just [Read More…]

A Novel Approach to Religion and Science Fiction

I’m in the process of finalizing the reading list for my course on Religion and Science Fiction. I found I could not choose from among the many novel options that I considered for the course. In the past I’ve had one novel and the rest of the course short stories and articles. This time I’m just [Read More…]

Should You Be Making Games?

It was interesting to have an article come across my feed, providing guidance about whether one should quit one’s job and create video games instead, at the same time that I became aware that Leigh Grossman has a Kickstarter campaign for an RPG app: Do take a look, and consider either contributing or helping to [Read More…]

Studies in Late Antiquity

Via Jim Davila, I learned about this fascinating new book series that Edinburgh University Press has launched, which will be a good venue for, among other things, those who work on the Mandaeans. Alternative Histories: Narratives from the Middle East and Mediterranean Series Editor(s): Sargon Donabed Explores the narratives of minority communities and individuals in [Read More…]

Must I Cite Sources?

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A Generic College Paper

Ever since I came across the McSweeney’s piece “A Generic College Paper,” I have wondered whether showing it to students and talking about it would not help them. It starts, like so many truly awful student papers, with “Since the beginning of time…” Here’s an excerpt: Utterly contrived topic sentence revealing pretty much every flaw of [Read More…]