Trouble on the Hill

First, I need to situate this with a little autoethnography. As someone who has spent his entire adult life in the American higher education system, the events at Chapel Hill would have been highly disturbing, just as were those at Penn State a few years ago, apart from any rooting interest one might have in […]

The Wyoming Way

Leaves are turning, there’s a nip in the air, the parking lot by the library is suddenly impossible: yes, thousands of students are back on campus, effectively doubling the size of our small college town. As good a time as any to contemplate the state of higher education in relation to the political economy of […]

The Guns of August, Again

I have been thinking about World War One this summer. Of course, the centennial of the start of the Great War has produced many thought pieces in the higher-brow press, and one magisterial book, “The Sleepwalkers” by Christopher Clark, which I have been forging through. Still fresh in my mind is a Fulbright stint at […]