Don’t Go All Microaggressive on Me or I’ll Sue!

I couldn’t sleep last night. I tossed and turned, haunted by guilt. I could not stop replaying the moment, earlier in the day, when I committed the unforgivable against a person of color. It happened as I was reaching into my knapsack of white privilege for my wallet while simultaneously opening a door. On the […]

The War On Women Has Just Begun: Ladies, Hide Your Purses

I’m a woman and I’m from Massachusetts. I voted for Romney and Brown. Both lost and supposedly their attitudes towards women had something to do with it. Let me tell you why this woman disagrees: 1) As a woman I take sole, personal responsibility for my body. I do not have sex without birth control. […]

Academic Bombast: A Little Bit of Cis and That

Academics can be full of surprises. Just when you are about to write off the lot of them as pompous and often criminally inclined boors whose bloated prose only a Judith Butler could love, they redeem themselves with a bit of self-aware mockery. Wags at the University of Chicago have come up with a nifty […]

Administer with Care

Every enterprise has its own in-jokes, I suppose. In academic circles, and by that I mean in ballrooms of tony convention hotels in Washington, San Francisco, Miami, or San Diego where porcine college presidents, vice presidents and deans gather for top-level meetings on issues of national importance. In academic circles you are guaranteed a chuckle […]

Forget about Killing All the Lawyers; First Let’s Call the Consultants!

What comes to mind when you hear the word “consulting”? The folks at McKinsey who brought you Enron? Bob Shrum, who ignited the dynamite Kerry-Edwards campaign? Or perhaps that unfortunate laid-off fellow next door, who has added “consultant” to his resume in a futile effort to conceal his unemployment. When I see the words “consulting” […]