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Convocation Address 2014

19 August 2014 UNC Charlotte Faculty and Staff Convocation Thank you, Chancellor Dubois, for the kind introduction, and for the opportunity to talk a bit about the Faculty agenda this year. I took my first anthropology class thirty-five years ago … Continue reading

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What UNC Charlotte Is All About

Recently, the school of Business Administration of U.N.C. reported on replies to questionnaires sent 73 leading business and industrial leaders. Here is one reply: “We believe every graduate should possess a familiarity with other fields such as arts, science, and … Continue reading

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Academically Adrift with Molly Broad

REACH FURTHER. Global Competitiveness Starts Here. (motto on the letterhead of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC public school system) It is precisely so as to be able to enter into competition with other states. . .that government [has to regulate the life … Continue reading

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Margaret Mead Discusses MOOCs, 1929

Thomas Friedman’s most recent New York Times column on education, “The Professors’ Big Stage,” (6 March 2013)[1] is a hymn to MOOCs, Massive Open Online Courses, and more generally to the promise of technologically mediated learning as the key to … Continue reading

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College Costs and Conflicts of Interest

Recently a number of newspapers around the country, including the Charlotte Observer, excerpted parts of a commentary on higher education by the editorial board of the Washington Post. It focused on a report by Moody’s Investor Services, which warned of a “negative outlook” … Continue reading

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What New Epistemology? Unreal Histories of Educational Change

In early 2009 sociologist Tim Clydesdale of The College of New Jersey wrote an article for the Chronicle of Higher Education titled “Wake Up and Smell the New Epistemology,” (http://chronicle.com/article/Wake-UpSmell-the-New/4568), which you ought to read. It argues, briefly, that today’s … Continue reading

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