A Comment About Not Working Hard

Yesterday I came across an article at The Chronicle of Higher Education about academics at small colleges who do not publish. The argument is that they still work hard, and should be valued for their hard work. The larger point is that public opinion about academics being lazy are untrue. I found the whole argument very wrongheaded from top to bottom, and posted the following reply:I try my best to work very little. It helps me to do my work. I waste lots of time mustering up the momentum to … [Read more...]

More on Science and Speaking Dates

After I predicted that I wouldn’t write much this week, I wrote an essay related to my latest post at Contending Modernities at Formative Justice entitled “Does Education Need Science?” I welcome your comments on those posts, especially your questions and (de)constructive criticism. I’ve added two more dates to my summer in the Twin Cities. I’ll be giving two talks at the Catholic Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake, MN on July 10th and 24th. The first talk will be on … [Read more...]

June 11, 2012 11:00pm

Dr. James Makubuya, my former Wabash colleague and world-renowned musician and ethnomusicologist, has become a very good friend over the past few weeks of preparing and recording Sister Stella’s album, Harambee. Here is a short, funny clip that I happened to capture between him and me. It was later in the day and things were getting a little stressful so he began making jokes in his disarming, beautifully African way. … [Read more...]

June 11, 2012 8:26pm

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important. Bertrand Russell … [Read more...]

Recording update and new article

Yesterday we recorded Sister Stella’s entire album from noon until 10:30 pm. I’ve never completed twelve tracks in one day and, needless to say, I was exhausted. I’ll post some video later on today. All in all, it was a great musical experience and, more importantly, I got to meet and get to know some wonderful people. My Contending Modernities article for the month of June — “After Science?” — is now posted. It tries to think about whether there is … [Read more...]

June 9, 2012 10:25pm

I think that words are an around-the-world, oxcart way of doing things, awkward instruments, and they will be laid aside eventually, probably sooner than we think. William S. Burroughs, from an interview in the Paris Review. … [Read more...]

Moving and Summer Schedule

We head North on Friday. Everything thusfar has gone smoothly and pleasantly and we are very close to signing a lease for what seems to be a very nice condo in Grand Forks. All in all, this is a transition that feels just right. I will surely miss some people here — first and foremost my students (you know who you are) — but they know as well as I do that Wabash is no longer a proper home for me or my work. I often go back and forth in my head about writing a cathartic series on my … [Read more...]

June 8, 2012 6:05am

Here’s a photo of all but two of the wonderful people playing and singing in Sister Stella’s original African-fusion debut album, Harambee. (In this pic we’re practicing “harambee” — which means “all pull together” in Swahili — poses for the album cover.) I’m mostly playing drums, but I’m also singing and playing djembe and bass on a few tracks, too. Tomorrow is our final rehearsal and we record on Corpus Christi Sunday . … [Read more...]

A Confessional Blog Post About (Not) Giving a Shit

Here’s my second post at Formative Justice, titled “Teachers and Students Who (Don’t) Give a Shit”. There are also some very wild, beautiful, free-form writings and sounds shared at my previous post by the illustrious “Professor Iguana” (aka Eduardo Duarte), the host of the hopefully-soon-to-be radio show, Musings. … [Read more...]

A Fully Illustrated Book is on the Horizon

Ana Maria Rocha, my youngest sister by thirteen years, is a talented young artist who has taken on an impressive and challenging first commissioned project: illustrating a philosophical book, my philosophical book. This past Christmas break, I decided to write “A Primer in Philosophy,” an introductory essay for students in my philosophy courses. Since then, the essay has ballooned into a short manuscript and, with lots of help from a select group of friends at Wabash, the new … [Read more...]