It’s finals time and that means paper grading…

The latest hottest whine on the internet is this essay  "The End of the College Essay" in Slate.  The complaint is that students hate writing papers, and professors hate grading them.  Both statements are true perhaps, but sometimes unpleasant things are also good for you in the long run.  Things like writing papers, and grading … Continue reading It’s finals time and that means paper grading…

The Longing for Moral Authority, the Right Kind of Leaders, and Fuehrer-figures

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote about the longing modern people have for “a leader but the right kind of leader” recently.  In describing this kind of leader, he was writing about the human longing for a someone they can follow who breaks conventions, and is able to satisfy the craving for “genuine leadership” … Continue reading The Longing for Moral Authority, the Right Kind of Leaders, and Fuehrer-figures

Linguistically Speaking in Yosemite National Park, USA, part 1

By Merrily McCarthy This series discusses linguistic experience in one specific work example, The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park in California, USA.  A National Historic Building built in 1927, The Ahwahnee, whose halls echo the sounds of many languages has for 86 years invited the voices and languages of many global cultures to gather … Continue reading Linguistically Speaking in Yosemite National Park, USA, part 1