In defense of face-to-face lectures

A lot of questions are being raised during the current virus situation about the value of a college education.  Education feels like an optional activity, one that can be delayed and postponed until it is safer for such non-essential activities.  Amid this squishiness of sentiment toward education, particularly college eduction, we have a mass exodus … Continue reading In defense of face-to-face lectures

Some Reflections on a 1st Full Year of Teaching (College-level Politics)

Not quite done with the semester yet, but feeling close enough to begin reflecting on what went right, what went wrong, and what if anything can be done about it for next year.  My mind is at a place where I'm thinking about how there are a few big choices to make in approaching class. … Continue reading Some Reflections on a 1st Full Year of Teaching (College-level Politics)

Is Friendship Good? The Problem Facing College Fraternities

Joining a fraternity in college can be a great opportunity, but an opportunity for what? Opinions vary wildly about this, and for good reason.  Just think about what a fraternity essentially is: a self-confident group of recent high school graduates, united by their youth, humor, and let's say common appetites.  The risks are obvious, and even thought of their … Continue reading Is Friendship Good? The Problem Facing College Fraternities