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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.

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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Trending . . .

Fenster writes: OK porn may be up but smut is down.

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Fun with Young Frankenstein

Fenster writes: Must have been a labor of love to put together:

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Steven Pinker on What Ails Higher Education–or at least Harvard

Fenster writes: When Steven Pinker writes Fenster listens.  Well, not literally.  He reads.  But language is all a kind of metaphor, right? From The Language Instinct on I have been amazed by this guy’s reach, educated through his insights and entertained … Continue reading

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