Monthly Archives: April 2011

Review of Warrior Pursuits

The first review of Warrior Pursuits: Noble Culture and Civil Conflict in Early Modern France has been published.  Professor Phillip John Usher, of Barnard College, reviews my monograph in Renaissance Quarterly. I am happy that book reviews of Warrior Pursuits … Continue reading

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Business Education as a Model?

Are you sure that you want to take business education as a model? Many businessmen and higher education “reformers”, such as Jeff Sandefer in Texas (see previous post), argue that business education points the way to “transform” academics for the … Continue reading

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Evaluating Faculty by “Productivity”?

Across the United States, there have been attempts to corporatize universities and to evaluate faculty “productivity” using student evaluations and business metrics. Now comes news that Texas Governor Rick Perry intervened in academic decision-making, pushing Texas universities to adopt a … Continue reading

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Art Attacked in Avignon

Artist and photographer Andres Serrano’s famous photographic work, Immersion Piss Christ (1987), was attacked today in Avignon.  This photograph created a major controversy in the United States over its perceived criticism of Catholicism and ignited a  debate over the public … Continue reading

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Afghan War in Film

A new documentary, Where Soldiers Come From, tells the story of a group of young men from Michigan who enlist in the National Guard and serve in the Afghan War.  The film was screened at the South by Southwest (SXSW) … Continue reading

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The Princess of Montpensier

Bertrand Tavernier’s The Princess of Montpensier has been released.  The film focuses on the life of a young noblewoman at the Valois court during the French Wars of Religion. The film is an adaptation of a classic early French novel … Continue reading

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University Administrators’ Salaries

Salary inequities continue to get worse at universities and colleges across the United States.  Over the past generation, the number of administrators have grown, while faculty numbers have remained almost constant.  Those administrators’ salaries have also ballooned, while faculty salaries … Continue reading

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