Essay and Radio Update

Two quick, exciting updates: 1. I’ve deleted the previous two notes on schooling and education; they’ll appear as a single, extended essay for First Thoughts (the main weblog for First Things) this coming Tuesday. I’l post a link when it appears.  2. The radio show I recorded with host Eduardo Duarte (a.k.a. “Professor Iguana”) will air this Sunday, from 6:30ish to 7:30ish pm, on WRHU Radio, the radio channel for Hofstra University. The content is an extended … [Read more...]

Class Notes

Historical Foundations of Education — second meeting The readings for yesterday’s class were the first part of Gerda Lerner’s Why History Matters, “History as Memory” and Susan Moller Okin’s article “Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?” We began by watching the short film The Art of Farewell. The impact of the film was hard to follow, but that was the point. There was much covered, many details and boardwork, but, as I noted earlier, there is … [Read more...]

Class Notes

“Foundations of Educational Thought” — second meeting The most important thing that happened in class yesterday did not occur in the time/space of the class. About two hours before class I was busy sorting through a reimbursement snafu where I completely lost my composure. I was seething mad. In retrospect I am pretty happy that I didn’t do anything REALLY stupid given how internally angry, how royally pissed off, I was.  Prior to that I prepped a pretty good class … [Read more...]

Happy Feast of St. Monica!

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A Perverse Chapter on Zizek and Education

I’ve recently been invited to write a chapter in a book on Slavoj Zizek and Education. I know some of you who visit here are Zizek nerds like me, so I figured I’d share it for that reason. The title is “The Fantastic Emergence of Narrative: Educational Fantasies in Zizek’s Atheistic Theology.” For the rest, I present it as an exercise in self-humiliation. It is a perverse proposal, and will be a perverse chapter, in the sense that it is built with outrageously … [Read more...]

Aug 25, 2012 1:10am

A day at the fair. (To enlarge photos, click each one individually or see them as a slideshow.) … [Read more...]

Aug 24, 2012 7:21pm

Greetings from the Minnesota State Fair! Tomas and I went through the “Luminarium,” where I took this picture. It evokes Don Quixote to me. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

Class Notes

I like the idea of keeping this log about my teaching. It will also give the curious souls in my classes ways to get indirect feedback about what we just experienced, from my point of view. Last night my “Historical Foundations of Education” class met from 7 to 10 pm. Amazingly enough, we didn’t take a formal break. But we did take time to read and be quiet. I lectured and did board-work for at least half of the time. As a change of pace, I had them read drafts of my … [Read more...]

Latest Article: Who Gets to Be a Philosopher?

The Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society puts together a fine peer-reviewed journal each year, featuring the best work from their annual conference. This year’s issue is dedicated to the theme of “immortal conversations,” and it produced some interesting and good work. Eduardo Duarte’s poetic piece — “Retrieving Immortal Questions, Initiating Immortal Conversations” — is fantastic, especially as it trans-forms into poetry. Bryan Warnick, my … [Read more...]

Aug 22, 2012 10:29pm

Coming soon: Restless Heart: The Confessions of St. Augustine This had better be good. I am suspicious, as usual. Expect a full review when it comes out. In case you missed it earlier, I gave a talk about a month ago on Augustine’s Confessions: “Sts. Augustine and Monica, the Head and the Heart.” … [Read more...]