"...I did not expect to see such a thing in my lifetime..."
after a tenured position
James Shapiro's trenchant article ("Death in a Tenured Position?,"
August/00) warns that "it won't be long before the overwhelming
majority of academics will no longer be on the tenure track, and
will not receive the kind of institutional support crucial to
sustain scholarly work." [
Here is an excellent story and a beautiful layout, about a classmate
honoring a wonderful gentleman and teacher ("Daylilies of the
Field," August/00). Good job, Qiana Johnson and Lloyd DeGrane.
McGuire Gibson's archaeological work ("Investigations," August/00)
is fascinating, but his criteria for "civilization" strike me
as pretty uncivilized. According to the story, these criteria
are having "a division of labor, an organized and respected hierarchy...to
help societies develop order, defend themselves, and provide opportunities
for wealth to grow and arts to flourish." [
Just before The Closing of the American Mind appeared in 1987,
I remember asking another friend from U of C days whatever happened
to Allan Bloom. [
Professor Tomas Philipson raises some interesting ideas relating
obesity to economics ("Investigations," June/00), but I must disagree
with his conclusion on "incentives," i.e., that government should
"subsidize physical activity and tax calorie intake."
So seldom does the administration and Faculty Senate behave rationally
where a political issue is concerned that one tends to regard
such a phenomenon with the same excitement one would feel if offered
the opportunity to view Halley's Comet from space or Lillie Langtry
in the nude.
I-House may save GSB
I would like to add my voice to the loud chorus of graduates who
are happy and relieved that International House will remain ("Chicago
blame the cartoonist
Jessica Abel manages to misspell something
every year or so in her "Chicagophile" piece, and in the August/00
issue she does it again. This time she embarrasses herself with
"embarrasing." You really ought to run her material through a
Fairview, North Carolina
gown up for grabs
I should like to donate the above to
any more recent degree-holder, since there is little likelihood
that I shall need it in the foreseeable future, and it is merely
cluttering up my clothes bag. It's in excellent condition, long
enough even for a far taller person than I, and includes a snazzy
flat black velvet cap with gold tassel.
Anyone in need of such a garment may e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org);
write (25800 W. Eleven Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48034); or phone
M. White, PhD'50
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