Category Archives: Editorial

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Security Week

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This has been an exciting week for internet security folks. That’s almost never a good thing. There have been a variety of wild new announcements, including the revelation that cell phone companies are exposing a remarkable amount of non-anonymized information about everyone, as well as new attacks against Flash and Office, and, most notoriously, the Krack Attack, which “destroys nearly all wifi security”.

I am not a security professional, but I think that a decent amateur explanation for the K…

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Weekend Reading: Friday the 13th Edition

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Hey, we made it through another week! Here are five links and a video:

  • Eddie Smith takes the history of mathematical typography to some really fascinating places: I think it’s critically important for those of us that write math to have at least a basic awareness of the history of mathematical typesetting. For me, knowing this history has had several practical benefits. It’s made me more grateful for the writing tools I have today—tools that I can use to simplify and improve the present…
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On Digital Humanities in the Undergraduate Classroom

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Readers who are digital humanities-curious–or who are just looking for a decently comprehensive overview of some approaches to digital pedagogy, especially but not necessarily exclusively, in the humanities classroom, might want to bookmark issue 11.3 (out in preview now) of Digital Humanities Quarterly, which is devoted to “Imagining the DH Undergraduate.”

In their “Introduction,”, Emily Christina Murphy and Shannon R Smith note the three themes that connect the essays: student agency, (digita…

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Some Quick Guidelines for Better Typography

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When I was in college, I could never finish Wuthering Heights. I knew that Emily Brontë was supposed to be (is!) a great writer, and I liked her sisters’ novels well enough, but could not make my way through this book. It was pretty annoying. Then, at some point, I was at a friend’s place for the weekend, and they had a different edition of Wuthering Heights than the tight, crowded discount paperback I’d been failing to read well. The clouds lifted, I was absorbed, and felt better about the un…

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CFP: Effecting Change in Academia: Strategies for Faculty Leadership

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This CFP comes by way of Kirsti Cole, who with Holly Hassel has just published Surviving Sexism in Academia: Strategies for Feminist Leadership (Routledge, 2017). The CFP is for the followup:

We are proposing this collection because a regular review of the trade daily sites like the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed demonstrates that there is no shortage of concerns, problems, and challenges facing higher education in the current moment. Reductions in state funding to univer…

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Weekend Reading: Let’s Just Hold It Together Please

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I hope everyone has a safe weekend, and one that’s as relaxing or rewarding as possible. Let’s get right to the links:

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Weekend Reading: Mid-May Edition

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"Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria," by James Somers in The Atlantic.

On March 22 of 2011 the legal agreement that would have unlocked a century’s worth of books and peppered the country with access terminals to a universal library was rejected under Rule 23(e)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. When the library at Alexandria burned it was said to be an “international catastrophe.” When the most signifi…

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Open Thread Wednesday

Often on Wednesday, ProfHacker hosts an open thread discussion. Sometimes a specific topic is announced, and sometimes the discussion is completely open. Please remember to abide by our commenting and community guidelines. Thanks!

Hey, it’s Wednesday! I think you know what that means. It’s time for an open thread!

What’s on your mind? Do you need advice or feedback about something related to life and work in higher ed? Do you have advice or feedback to share about something related to life and …

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Weekend Reading: ‘Here’s to Your Health’ Edition

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As Friday winds down, here are 5 interesting and relevant reads to get you through your weekend:

"Tent Revival," by Amy Woolard in VQR Online:

"For the last seventeen years, during the same late-July weekend, an organization known as Remote Area Medical, or RAM, has offered a laundry list of free dental, vision, and medical services. Over the course of three days, at the Wise County Fairgrounds, an all-volunteer staff builds a pop-up clinic—the largest RAM health clinic in the US—from the …

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Weekend Reading – Doing it Wrong Edition

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It’s that time of the (academic) year for many of us: we are neck-deep in grading, in stressed-out student, in wondering if we’ll even have a job in the fall and how are going to make ends meet over the summer. Typically, this would be the time to share self-care pieces, but instead I’m sharing a few provocative readings that have prompted me to ask the question, maybe we’re doing this wrong.