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She Stoops to Conquer

Posted on : 15-10-2010 | By : Dean | In : Uncategorized


This weekend at the UWP Theater:

She Stoops to Conquer
Classical Comedy by Oliver Goldsmith
Directed by Lisa Kornetsky

The Run Dates

October 16, 21, 22 & 23 at 7:30 p.m.
October 17 at 2:00 p.m.

October 22 at 10:00 a.m.

College: The Next “Bubble” to Burst?

Posted on : 29-05-2009 | By : Dean | In : Uncategorized


This was taken from the Chronicle of Higher Education. While cuts are being made across the board in salaries and almost everything else at the level of actual teaching, the rising cost of tuition may have reached its ceiling. Private education is something now reserved only for the insanely wealthy, and maybe “public” education won’t be so public either at the unsustainable rate tuition is on the rise:

The public has become all too aware of the term “bubble” to describe an asset that is irrationally and artificially overvalued and cannot be sustained. The dot-com bubble burst by 2000. More recently the overextended housing market collapsed, helping to trigger a credit meltdown. The stock market has declined more than 30 percent in the past year, as companies once considered flagship investments have withered in value.

Full article here

Copyright Resources for Teachers and Students

Posted on : 28-05-2009 | By : Dean | In : Uncategorized



Here’s a great site that I came across for anyone interested in copyright laws, especially as they apply to educational use.

Teaching Copyright

Mieville goes Mainstream? Finally…

Posted on : 15-05-2009 | By : Dean | In : Uncategorized



It looks like a foray into the detective genre, but the buzz is also that it’s leaving off the fantasy that Mieville has done so well for so long with steampunk work like Perdido Street Station, The Scar, and Iron Council.

The complaints that I have read on fantasy fan sites are pretty predictable and baseless, centered on that age-old critique of a favorite artist selling out or thinking he or she is “too good” for the genre that earned them fame. Nonsense. Such a move is a welcome shift, an opportunity to explore another genre and widen readership interested in solid writing.

Mieville is an incredible prose stylist, no matter the genre, and it will be great to see what he does with the detective story. I fully expect to see the city take on a looming life of its own (one of the staples of Mieville).

The critical reviews that are starting to multiply on amazon are very promising.

I have my copy preordered, and will be offering more commentary soon after it arrives.

New Portal Look

Posted on : 15-05-2009 | By : Dean | In : Uncategorized


I am toying with a new look for the portal, at least until I can get this and the forums skinned alike. I am not sure that will ever happen, but I can always hope.

The content that I will add here will be relating to my classes, including general announcements, thoughts on teaching and lit, and maybe a review or two now and again.

Students who wish to get in touch with me can use the forums or email me.

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