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Write Your Best Personal Statement: Tips from Admissions Offices

0 Comments December 2, 2017

Embed from Getty Images From The University of California, Berkeley: Writing the Personal Statement Helpful tips and advice for drafting a compelling personal statement when applying for graduate admission What does this statement need to accomplish? The personal statement should give concrete evidence of your promise as a member of the academic community, giving the […]

Global Archive: Russia, Part 1

0 Comments May 16, 2017

In our Global Archive series, we get to know the world a little better, one country (or territory) at a time. Today’s installment: Russia! So let’s start at the very beginning. Modern Russia has origins in about the 8th century CE. Vikings (called Varangians by the Greeks) came to rule over the people known as […]

A Perennial Favorite: The Illustrated Guide to a PhD

0 Comments September 6, 2016

Fall is upon us once again. A new crop of students will begin doctoral studies, and many more will take classes in preparation for applying to PhD programs. It seems the ideal moment to share an old favorite. Matt Might, a professor in Computer Science at the University of Utah, created The Illustrated Guide to […]

Robert Heinlein on raising children

0 Comments November 19, 2015

Working in higher education, I deal with helicopter parents and lawnmower parents on a daily basis now. Overparenting is an incredible disservice to children and young adults. Not only do they experience setbacks, negative feedback, and garden-variety frustrations of life as insurmountable failures and barriers, they often lack the savvy to safeguard themselves from actual […]

Tuesdays with TED: Sir Ken Robinson, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”

0 Comments September 8, 2015

One of  the first TED talks made available online in 2006, Sir Ken Robinson’s “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” remains the most-watched talk on the TED.com website. In addition to the speaker’s excellent rhetorical techniques (which, indeed, have helped set the tone for many future TED and TEDx events), the subject matter, if anything, rings even […]

Bruce Springsteen

0 Comments July 17, 2013

I wasn’t always a fan of Bruce Springsteen. Of course, I knew his music (or so I thought). Who didn’t? Every song on Born in the USA had been a single, and had been played to death, right? And then he did those mediocre movie soundtrack songs in the 90s, which, I was convinced, were actually the […]

The Crisis of the Humanities Officially Arrives – NYTimes.com

0 Comments October 13, 2010

“President Philip (who is without a doctoral degree and who has little if any experience teaching or researching)” via The Crisis of the Humanities Officially Arrives – NYTimes.com. GRRRR. This makes me so angry, partly because SUNY Albany has a good Russian program (one of their faculty co-wrote my favorite textbook series, Nachalo), and partly […]