A California college is now offering a course on Stupidity. Apparently, you have to be smart to take it, and so there goes that premise. Actually, the liberal arts school offering the course was once attended by President Obama, before he traversed the country for Columbia, but the course is a recent phenomenon, and back in the day Obama probably studied more conventionally titled subjects, like Politics or Social Justice. Still, I bet with his reportedly high IQ he would ace Stupidity. (more…)
The summer is flying by faster than Usain Bolt. You can feel the slightly heightened sense of activity and anticipation in our offices.The days are getting a little shorter, the nights a little cooler, and the Canadian brain, which is wired to our seasons, starts to make room for thoughts of new courses, research programs, and a refreshed fall wardrobe. Students who have been away all summer, whether in their homelands far away or at summer jobs, are trickling more steadily into our offices, full of questions about their funding, their programs, deadlines, paper trails, and so on, or just to say hello to our cheery staff. We like to think of the School of Graduate Studies as a welcoming destination, way more sincere than Wal-Mart, and with much better lighting. (more…)
Location. Location. Location. That’s the mantra of the real estate agent, of course, and of the client in search of the perfect setting for the perfect house. It is also the mantra for every graduate student in search of reasonably pleasant, accessible accommodations. (more…)
Several blogs ago I wrote about having taught a graduate seminar in Spain this summer, at the University of Rioja. The course was on Canadian literature and film and I mentioned the challenge of assigning material that would somehow, impossibly, represent Canada to a group of doctoral students who claimed to know little or nothing about the country and its culture.