Author Archives: Fenster

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.

Notes on Carousel/Liliom

Fenster writes: Eddie Pensier, a child of the opera and a co-blogger here, got me going to the Met, and I am thankful for that.  But, still, I have never been much of a fan of Broadway musicals. Music class … Continue reading

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The Veil of Onondaga

Fenster writes: 1. Why is it that people who say they are speaking truth to power are often the ones with the power? Why is it that people who claim they are being bullied are actually the bullies? Why is … Continue reading

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On Porto and the Harvard Decision: Comments on my Last Two Posts, in Eight Parts

Fenster writes: 1. Porto I should add relative to my upcoming trip that I am a big fan of Portuguese and Basque cooking, and that the culinary aspect of the trip holds great appeal.  The Basques in particular have a … Continue reading

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Justice for John Harvard

Fenster writes: The United States District Court has held in favor of Harvard University in the case dealing with allegations of discrimination against Asian-American students.  The Chronicle story reporting the case is here.  The text of the decision is here.

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My Trip to Porto

Fenster writes: I am about to leave for a trip to Portugal and Northern Spain.  I had been especially looking forward to visiting Porto.  I had heard a lot about the great architecture to be found and must have blithely … Continue reading

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Hidden History of the Puritans

Fenster writes: Rogers Smith, in his paper “Beyond Tocqueville”, argues that America has a hidden history of illiberalism that has been papered over by the generally victorious pro-Enlightenment side. Analysts of American politics since Tocqueville have seen the nation as … Continue reading

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Right, Left, Center

Fenster writes: The political terms “right”, “left”, and “center” mean different things depending on the context.  In a world where liberal–indeed neoliberal–values dominate these political categories have meant one thing, generally familiar to us.  In what has been termed a … Continue reading

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