Sep 2, 2012 6:13pm

My good friend, Eduardo Duarte, graciously and gratuitously sent me a copy of his new book, pictured above. I’ve been reading it all weekend and I’ve found it deeply inspirational. He’s also the radio show host for tonight’s show. Don’t be fooled: Professor Iguana (founder of the “Dead Zone”) is a serious, deep cat. The show airs this evening around 6:30 pm ET. You can listen to it online streaming from WRHU, Hofstra university. … [Read more...]

Literary News

I just became aware that one of my favorite short stories — Herman Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener” — was translated into Spanish by Jorge Luis Borges. (Read it here.) Even if you don’t read Spanish, I’d still highly recommend reading it in the original English. It’s a remarkable, strange story. I use it every semester in some class or another. The prospect of reading it translated by such a literary mind like Borges is worth one of … [Read more...]

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 dis … [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 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...]


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