Monthly Archives: July 2013

Feminism, Politics, and Nudity in France

Nude protests by women in Femen and marches by Muslim women who want to wear a veil in public have both created sustained controversy on feminism in French society and politics. An essay by Mona Chollet entitled, “Femen partou, fĂ©minisme … Continue reading

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The New Norm in Dorms

When considering the costs of higher education, keep in mind that educational costs should be separated from the costs of living. Students (and their parents) are increasingly demanding luxurious accommodations and student facilities that increase the cost of living on … Continue reading

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Religion and Politics on Wikipedia (Edited)

Despite its encyclopedic pretensions, Wikipedia is an unstable and undependable as a repository of knowledge. Since each entry can be endlessly edited and re-edited by Wikipedia workers and users, none of the information provided on the platform is reliable. Topics … Continue reading

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PhD Dissertation Lengths

Marcus Beck, a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota, has created a chart demonstrating the varying average lengths of PhD dissertations by discipline. According to io9, “Beck took the pressure of readying for his defense and channeled it toward … Continue reading

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New Review of Warrior Pursuits in French

A new book review by Gregory Champeaud critiques my Warrior Pursuits: Noble Culture and Civil Conflict in Early Modern France (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. Champeaud’s review was recently published in French in the online journal, Francia-Recencio. The … Continue reading

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Gates Foundation’s Influence on Higher Ed

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has enormous influence on universities and colleges  in the United States and it is seeking to fundamentally transform higher education. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, “the foundation wants nothing less than to … Continue reading

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French Cuisine and Frozen Food

French haute cuisine restauranteurs are upset by revelations that many other restaurants are using frozen ingredients and even serving entire factory-frozen dishes. The Washington Post reports that “a chunk of tuna cooked Provencal style with an attractive ratatouille on the … Continue reading

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