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 specialized … [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...]

Aug 21, 2012 10:43pm

Funny, reoccuring story: I went to get my ID card today and they gave me a student ID instead of a faculty one. They didn’t let me keep the student card, but here’s the evidence. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

Class Notes

I taught my first class at the University of North Dakota yesterday: “Foundations of Educational Thought.” These graduate courses meet once a week and go just shy of three hours. I tend to scoff at the idea of “running out stuff to talk about,” but I did learn that there is a certain mental fatigue that sets in around hour two. I plan on watching very long movies (like Into Great Silence) to try and condition myself and learn the art of sustaining attention. I suppose certain liturgical rituals w … [Read more...]

Aug 18, 2012 9:00pm

Here is a rough acoustic sketch of another song for the upcoming album. It’s titled “My Heart Ain’t Got No USB.” … [Read more...]

Bus Tour Results

I’m returning from my three-day bus tour today. As critical as I tend to be, I found something here, in this rural, humble state, that I needed to rediscover: humility, hard work, hope, and real joy. I met politicians, real politicians, who melted some of my cynical assumptions about the efficacy of politics. I met administrators who have begun to change my rather defensive posture towards institutional life. I saw real people, people who treated me with dignity and respect, but also a … [Read more...]


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