Check this out
May 25th, 2012

Check this out. I snapped this shot at the Cannes Film Festival a few days ago. It’s the classic red carpet shot, the men in black tie (required dress for the red carpet), the ushers at attention like foot soldiers, trying not to stare too closely at all the frocks, the Talent at the top of the stairs, posing for all the world. The stars here are all headliners in a violent Western directed by John Hillcoat (The Road) called Lawless. If you know your pop culture you can spot Guy Pierce, John Hardy, Dane Dehaan, Jason Clarke, Nick Cave, Hillcoat, and Shia LaBeouf. And, oh yeah, there’s Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain—Mia in purple and Jessica in, er, something diaphanous. between Hillcoat and LaBeouf.

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Postcards From the Edge will return next week, as the Dean of Graduate Studies is out of town, and away from her computer
May 18th, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, New Yorker editor Ben Greenman (@bengreenman) launched a Twitter-based game he calls “Questioningly.”
May 11th, 2012

A couple of weeks ago, New Yorker editor Ben Greenman (@bengreenman) launched a Twitter-based game he calls “Questioningly.” It’s a fun time-filler for multi-taskers who need to stop juggling all the balls for a few minutes to gain composure and a normal heart rate.  Greenman poses a suitable tweet question every week and activates a conversation. This week’s is “Which Beatle did you think of most recently and why?”  I like the game’s first question best so far: What word should be eliminated from the English language? The list quickly gained momentum and before you could say “impactful“(sorry) Greenman’s thousand or so followers had come up with some hilarious proposals.

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This week the university announced plans to shut down its Division of Lifelong Learning at the end of August
May 4th, 2012

This week the university announced plans to shut down its Division of Lifelong Learning at the end of August. The rationale is clear: the unit just can’t sustain itself. It’s hemorrhaging too many dollars. Unsustainability is the catchword. Lifelong learning, or LLL as it is commonly identified, grew out of the earlier designation of “continuing education” – an it-is-never-too-late-to-learn philosophy of education. It is meant to cater to those who have either never been to university or those whose university days are long behind them, but who want to acquire knowledge in a structured and informed environment. It’s all about learning as an evolutionary, not a terminal, exercise. One wouldn’t want to argue with that commonplace or with the whole lifelong learning paradigm. The question for me is this: is the university the best place for lifelong learning programs? Well, yes and no: yes, for the most part, but perhaps with focused content and a new delivery model.

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