Reflections on Walter Benjamin’s “Unpacking My Library” on the Occasion of Unpacking My Library

I spent my winter break this year packing up my office and moving to a new building. The biggest part of moving offices for me is always packing and unpacking my hundreds of books acquired over the past 25 or so years. Each time I move offices, I read Walter Benjamin’s essay “Unpacking My Library:Continue reading “Reflections on Walter Benjamin’s “Unpacking My Library” on the Occasion of Unpacking My Library”

Title IX at Wake Forest University

I find Title IX endlessly complex and fascinating. I am teaching the Sociology of Sport this fall and the more I dig into the issue, the less I feel like I know and the more I want to know. In response to a class discussion, a student forwarded me the following email from our universityContinue reading “Title IX at Wake Forest University”

No Poor Folks at Wake Forest

According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, of the 75 wealthiest private universities in the United States (those with endowments of $500 million or more), Wake Forest University ranks 74th (second to last) in the proportion of undergraduates who receive Pell Grants. This is a rough measure of the proportion of students who are lowContinue reading “No Poor Folks at Wake Forest”

Student Differences Revealed!

I’ve been thinking alot lately about the big differences between the students at “Our Lady’s University” and the students at Wake Forest University, as the similarities between them are so striking. Just this week, for some reason, I noticed that Wake Forest students are much more likely to drive Audis than OLU students. The OLUContinue reading “Student Differences Revealed!”

“Wasting” Time on Students?

MLK HOLIDAY ’05: THE CAUSE FOR WHICH HE FOUGHT IS STILL A CAUSE, AND THE DREAM FOR WHICH HE DIED IS STILL A DREAM On the brief, five minute walk from the kids’ bus stop to my office last week, I was bothered by a familiar feeling. The first three days of the week IContinue reading ““Wasting” Time on Students?”

Questions and Answers

Yesterday was the first day of classes for the semester, and my first day of classes ever, at Wake Forest University. Which raises a number of questions that I’ll try to answer quickly. Further observations will no doubt be posted as I make them. How’s the weather? It depends on what you like. You probablyContinue reading “Questions and Answers”

North Carolina Come On and Raise Up

NOTE: Any time I put a proper name in quotation marks, that means I am using a pseudonym. I will try to do this the first time I use a pseudonym in any posting. First of all, let me say that my two kids, “Chipper” (9 going on 10) and “Beth” (7 going on 8),Continue reading “North Carolina Come On and Raise Up”