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About Fenster

Gainfully employed for thirty years, including as one of those high paid college administrators faculty complain about. Earned Ph.D. late in life and converted to the faculty side. Those damn administrators are ruining everything.

TNR on Trigger Warnings X 3

Fenster writes: Not content to let the matter rest after one go at the subject of trigger warnings, The New Republic has now published/posted three articles on the subject in less than a week.  The different approaches to the topic … Continue reading

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Fighting Words Links

Fenster writes: The Garland Texas shoot out has spurred another round of speechifying on free speech, much of it of the yes but variety.  I don’t like a lot of it since while I am not a free speech absolutist … Continue reading

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A Walk Down Bedford Ave.

Fenster writes: I wrote here about a walk down Moody Street in Waltham, Massachusetts, a half-mile slice of interesting grit and glamour–mostly grit–in the otherwise upscale suburbs west of Boston.  It was night time at 5 PM near the shortest … Continue reading

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Ngram of the Day

Fenster writes: Society and culture: From a current day academic point of view society and culture are separate but related concepts.  Culture tends to refer to the values and beliefs of a group of people and the material surroundings that … Continue reading

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Frank Bruni on Higher Education

Fenster writes: Time for perfesser Fenster to grade Frank Bruni for his essay on higher education in the NYT. I’ll grant him an A in the effective writing department, as always.  No typos.  No misspellings.  Good structure. I’ll give him … Continue reading

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Systemic Justice at Harvard Law

Fenster writes: Harvard Law is starting something new, which it calls a Systemic Justice project.  Here is a write-up from the Boston Globe. What is it?  That’s emerging.  “None of us really knows what ‘systemic justice’ is—yet you’re all here,” says … Continue reading

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Fenster writes: I take the bus a lot since I have a weekly commute between New York and Boston.  The train is to be preferred and there’s the whole romance of the rails thing I know.  But dang as I … Continue reading

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