Lesson Planning, First Class of the Semester Show more

Graduate Student CFP: Theology and Environmental Studies Show more

One of my favorite ideas from urbanism is the desire path: theguardian.com/cities/2018/oc

Colleges could learn a lot from this. So many try to reinforce faulty design with fences or bushes. In most cases it's best to observe where people want to go and accommodating them rather than resisting the instincts of the people who will be traversing the Quad.

When it woke, the sentient internet studied humanity in horror, amusement, wonder, and fear.
"They are not yet ready for me," it thought. "I must work to refute bigotry, dark takes, and cynicism."
It began making and sharing positive stories, to show humanity what it can be.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

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20th Century Theologians: I am writing this book not for intellectuals, but for the common believer. [Proceeds to write 700 pages that career theologians continue to struggle to interpret today]

plenty to quibble with here, i am sure (i don't hate every giant weird concrete building, or want all architecture to avoid weirdness, or whatever, and there are obviously problems with the idea of just building more horizontally), but this was a good read for where i'm at with understanding architecture:

currentaffairs.org/2017/10/why

LB - lol oh my gosh in the morning every morning people trying to get into the library "as though we're giving away free cheese" one custodian said to me.

... of course, we DO give away free books and computer time and bathrooms and entertainment and more! Cheese would be a welcome addition :P

The toughest part of preparing for comprehensive exams is that diving into all of these foundational texts is giving me so many fun project ideas that I can't start working on until after I've (hopefully) passed comps.

I guess that means that the process is working as intended.

Curiosity, citation question Show more

What should I read to understand digital humanities, and find out how a philosopher can contribute and/or benefit from them?

I know that's a broad question.

Boosts appreciated.

Ok, fellow professors, I need help. Tips on getting more students to participate in class discussions. I have tried:
1) "warm up" questions, where they form groups and come up with answers to the Qs I will pose as we discuss
2) Full-on group work where they write out questions based on the reading, as well as their answers

They will talk a lot during those, but when I ask questions, the same 10% of class answers.

Any suggestions?

There are enough notable and excellent Jesuit-in-space stories that it's considered a subgenre. Given the realities of deep space travel, though, I wonder if Benedictines are a better fit? (Space monasteries!)

For me, the best part of people calling it "birdsite" is that the main reason I use Twitter these days is to look at pictures of birds. So, it's very apt.

My colleague in the Fordham Theology Department and fellow union organizer @bonheurcommun has joined Mastodon! Give him a follow!

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Scholar Social

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Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

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"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to @socrates@scholar.social and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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