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Urgency

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From today’s campus coronavirus update: “News this week of a spike in positive COVID-19 cases in the East Lansing area highlight the importance and urgency o...

Generosity in Hard Times

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Over the course of the last couple of years, I’ve spoken on several college and university campuses where faculty, staff, students, and administrators have b...

Isolation, Mission, Connection

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The last month has been an utter blur. We traveled for spring break, which is on the early end of things here; we left Michigan in late February for a bit ov...

Becoming Human

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This brief presentation was part of a panel at MLA 2020 in Seattle entitled “Being Human, Seeming Human.” The panel brought together researchers from Microso...

Generosity, Humility, Vulnerability

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A few conversations in recent days, as well as a bunch of the reading I did during my holiday writing retreat, have led me back to thinking about generosity....

Bonilla-Silva, Racism without Racists

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Those of us who labor in academia have a responsibility and a role to play in the transformation of society, but we are not, and should never aspire to be...

Loss, Shame, Validation, and Work

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This is likely to be a bit of a hike. It’s one of those posts in which some precipitating event has sent me off on a bit of an introspective tail-spin, and s...

Anodyne

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Words come in and out of common usage, sure, but every once in a while I’m caught up short by repeatedly hearing a word that feels otherwise rare. Lately: “a...