It’s True: Black Lives Don’t Matter

  “Dear Harvard College students,” writes Dean Rakesh Khurana on December 8, I know that my words cannot begin to express the emotions or claim the lived experiences that so many of us are feeling in the wake of the events in Ferguson and Staten Island. But there are moments when we cannot stay silent. So […]

Reasons 36 and 37 to Love Collegetown, USA: Michael Brown and a Race-Baiting Racial “Healer”

 Every year, at this time of year, the following sequence of events occur, usually in the same order: grocery store aisles are rendered impassable by sky-high displays of Ramen Noodle 10-packs. Walmart, Target, and Home Depot debut acres of plastic storage boxes and bins. Bed, Bath, and Beyond, HomeGoods, and Marshalls are overloaded with “bed-in-a-bag,” […]

Professor Ersula Ore Cops a Plea!

On May 20, 2014, Ersula Ore Assistant Professor of English at Arizona State University was nearly hit by a police car when she jaywalked across a street where construction was taking place. The officer who was driving got out of the car and asked the professor for her ID, presumably to write a citation. The […]

Professor Fah’s Hair-Raising Classroom Antics

Breanne Fahs, associate professor of women and gender studies at Arizona State University, is a wunderkind. She breezed through her undergraduate and graduate studies in near-record time (B.A., Women’s Studies/Gender Studies and Psychology, Occidental College, 2001; M.S., Psychology, University of Michigan, 2002; Ph.D., Women’s Studies and Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan, 2006), and a mere […]

Get Your Hands Off Me Ersula Ore I’ll Kick You In the Shins

There’s a video making the rounds of a faculty member at Arizona State University, Ersula Ore, who struggles with a police officer as he attempts to handcuff her in the middle of a city street:  Since making her cinematic debut, Professor Ore, whose field, inevitably, is English, has become the poster girl for police brutality, […]

Ask a Stupid Question…

For scholars in the fields of race and ethnic studies—including those who work outside the ivory tower—dealing with snide questions, nasty comments, and occasional name-calling is just part of the job description. Over the years, these academics have repeatedly told me that their work is uniquely misunderstood and dismissed by students, fellow faculty, and the […]

Central Michigan University Professor Issues Trigger Warning

From Central Michigan Life, Central Michigan University’s Premier News Source and Student Voice Since 1919, comes a sobering description of how one professor uses “trigger warnings”: A Central Michigan University professor was arrested after allegedly firing a shotgun at two door-to-door salesmen on June 5, according to an arrest record filed by the Isabella County […]

I’m Privileged. Do You Want to Know What I Had for Breakfast? Of Course You Do.

This post began as an essay about “white privilege,” but before I wrote a single word, I realized that my reasoning had changed.  Not because the idea of “white privilege” has jumped the shark and is no longer the sole province of diversity shills, being taken up as it has by the obnoxious Bill O’Reilly, […]

More Angst from the Adjuncts: Mary-Faith Cerasoli is Hungry

A long time ago I was an adjunct faculty member. For a while I had classes on three different campuses, none in proximity to the others.  My classes had 30 or more students. I taught English composition mostly, so there were always papers to read and comment on. A lot of them. Weekly. I worked […]

Another Victory in the War on Women

Breaking news! International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde, who was to deliver the Commencement address at Smith College, has withdrawn from the May 18 ceremony.  According to the AP story, Ms. Lagarde said it was clear that many did not want her on campus and that she did not want to distract from […]