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Greek riot police using tear gas, Athens, Greece. Photo courtesy Ggia and wikicommons

My Big Fat Greek Apocalypse

* * * * * 4 votes

Michael E Harkin


It is a Saturday afternoon in early December, around dusk, in Syntagma Square, across from the Greek Parliament building in…More

Posted in Featured Posts, January, Opinion | Tagged | Leave a comment
Franz Marc - Foxes, 1913, Photo courtesy W Martin and wikicommons

What does the Fox Say?

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Michael Harkin


I have been absorbed recently in Philippe Descola’s Beyond Nature and Culture—a rather tardy translation of his book published originally…More

Posted in December, Featured Posts, Opinion | Tagged | 1 Response
Durkheim in the Stands

The heart of fall is upon us, with its crisp nights, crunchy leafs, midterms: the time of year that epitomizes…More

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The Year of Drinking Dangerously

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Michael E Harkin


Writing this from one of the great alcoholic capitals of the world, New Orleans, I am not faced with the…More

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Walk of Ideas, Berlin. Photo courtesy of Scholz & Friends Sensai, wikicommons

The Anthropologist as Reader

* * * * ½ 8 votes

Michael E Harkin


A quarter century ago, Clifford Geertz published Works and Lives: The Anthropologist as Author. Widely seen as part of the…More

Posted in Featured Posts, June, Opinion | Tagged | 1 Response
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Lévi-Strauss on the Moon

* * * * ½ 7 votes

Michael E Harkin


Perception of the world begins with the construction of paracosms—imaginings of the wider world outside—outside our door, our city, our…More

Posted in Featured Posts, May, Opinion | Tagged | 1 Response
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Tenured Radicals

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Michael E Harkin


My previous two columns have addressed the crisis in higher education from familiar standpoints. I hope I made some original…More

Posted in March, Opinion | Tagged | 3 Responses
The Crisis in Higher Ed., pt. 2

The Crisis in Higher Ed., pt. 2

* * * * ½ 3 votes

Michael E Harkin


It has been more than ten years since the publication of Murray Sperber’s scathing critique of college sports, Beer and…More

Posted in January, Opinion | Tagged | Leave a comment
Crisis in Higher Ed, Part 1

Crisis in Higher Ed, Part 1

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Michael E Harkin


One major point of post-election commentary—apart from the fiscal cliff kabuki—has been speculation on  the agenda for President Obama’s second…More

Posted in January, Opinion | Tagged | Leave a comment
Election Night Thoughts

Election Night Thoughts

* * * ½   3 votes

Michael E Harkin


The results of the recent election inevitably lead to speculation about the future of the two-party system in the United…More

Posted in December, Opinion | Tagged | Leave a comment
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