Monthly Archives: August 2013

Put to the Test: Thinking Critically About College Testing

Does being a “university educated person” still mean what it did to previous generations? Our cultural expectation was that college graduates would be broadly conversant on many subjects, be able to engage in cocktail chatter with a variety of people, … Continue reading

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Book Review: I Am Soldier of Fortune

I Am Soldier of Fortune: Dancing with Devils, by Lt. Col. Robert K. Brown, USAR (ret.) with Vann Spencer. Casemate. 2013. $29.95.  Seldom is a magazine identified with one person. There are Hugh Hefner and Playboy, Gloria Steinem and Ms., … Continue reading

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Why KISS is America’s #1 Rock B(r)and

Gene Simmons. Thank you and good night. Drive safely. Well, someone has to be the guardian of all things KISS. Along with co-founding member Paul Stanley, Simmons is half of the core of this four-decade phenomenon. Throughout KISStory, other band … Continue reading

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The Coptic Christians of Egypt

When I was teaching my last class at Florida State, it had over 125 students and I was assigned a doctoral student to assist with grading. I knew of her from workshops around campus and was glad for the help. … Continue reading

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Conservative? Yes. Libertarian? Yes. Objectivist? Yes. Contradictory? Not really.

When I taught ethics and philosophy, the unit on Objectivism was always the toughest to get over to the students because it sounds so darn mean! Think for yourself. Do for yourself. When I have described myself as an Objectivist/Libertarian, I … Continue reading

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Has John Kerry Already “Jumped the Shark” Regarding Israel?

           Only a day before a new round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians were slated to begin, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared that plans for new settlements in East Jerusalem were “illegitimate” … Continue reading

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Echoes of Gettysburg, Ghosts of my Ancestors

I have had several opportunities to visit Gettysburg. It’s only about 30 minutes from the FEMA campus in Emmitsburg, MD, where I taught once or twice a year. Over the weekends, I’d go up for shopping and sightseeing. The battlefield … Continue reading

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