Tag Archives: United States

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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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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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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A-Rod, Amazons and the Second Coming

Mondays are supposed to be slow news days. The paper is at its thinnest since all of the coupons, ads, supplements, and feature stories were consumed by the Sunday edition. August 5, 2013, has not been such a Monday. As … Continue reading

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Humanizing the Poor

In 2014, if the House of Representatives Budget Committee has its way, both the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts would see 49 per cent cuts. The House budget committee’s idea that funding the … Continue reading

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“Sweet Caroline” is “Turning Japanese”

In keeping with the pop culture trend of mash-ups, this week’s topic revealed itself to me as two song titles. The former, of course, is the Neil Diamond hit that has become symbolic of Boston through its playing at Fenway … Continue reading

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