universities – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Sat, 07 Apr 2018 17:41:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Since it’s commencement season, I’ve put together a draft address in case I get a last-minute call http://tonywoodlief.com/2017/05/16/since-commencement-season-ive-put-together-draft-address-case-get-last-minute-call/ Tue, 16 May 2017 23:27:24 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=5487 I’d like to thank Debtwell University for this opportunity to address your student body. Furthermore, I want to express my deepest hope that your original speaker overcomes [FOOD POISONING/ IRS DIFFICULTIES/ SUBPOENA/ ETC] without undue complications. [PAUSE. MAKE EYE CONTACT. SQUINT AS IF DRAWING ON A WELL OF DEEP WISDOM, BUT NOT SO HARD THAT YOU …

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The professor in the home http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/12/17/the-professor-in-the-home/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/12/17/the-professor-in-the-home/#comments Wed, 18 Dec 2013 03:25:36 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3753 Every month, money flies from my checking account to the education savings accounts of my children, because I don’t want them to become hobos. This is one way I allay my fear the world will eat them up. It’s a mark of a good parent to worry over where—and whether—his child will go to college, …

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The scandal of the evangelical intellectual’s mind http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/02/21/the-scandal-of-the-evangelical-intellectuals-mind/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/02/21/the-scandal-of-the-evangelical-intellectuals-mind/#comments Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:11:15 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3633 A reasonable response to the accusation that the evangelical mind is insufficiently expansive is to ask to what dimensions its critics would like to see it expanded. That question springs to the lips when considering Biblical scholar Peter Enns’s contention that evangelical minds are not only confined, but are required to remain in confinement. “The …

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Stream of conscience http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/07/06/stream-of-conscience/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/07/06/stream-of-conscience/#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2012 13:58:53 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3432 Whenever I have a lot to do, and I finally muster the resolve to do it, I’ll say “time to get down to it.” This always reminds me of that Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young song, which makes me think of Kent State, which reminds me of the time I interviewed for a political science …

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On the vice of chimps with shotguns http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/02/10/on-the-vice-of-chimps-with-shotguns/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/02/10/on-the-vice-of-chimps-with-shotguns/#comments Fri, 10 Feb 2012 19:14:53 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3361 “Voting is a universal right.” This wisdom from Victor Sanchez, president of the United States Student Association, explaining his efforts to get more college students to vote. Mr. Sanchez is himself a recent college graduate, and a fine illustration of why marching columns of students to the polls is not inherently virtuous. A vote cast …

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On the Virtue of Hemlock http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/02/05/on-the-virtue-of-hemlock/ Sun, 05 Feb 2012 18:20:49 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3358 In his recent Boston Review essay, philosophy professor Carlos Fraenkel manages the neat trick of advocating a sensible position — that high-school students should be taught philosophy — so ineptly that he ends up proving the opposite, namely, that while it may be the case that students should learn philosophy, this is quite independent from …

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Suffer in silence, please http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/09/03/suffer-in-silence-please/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/09/03/suffer-in-silence-please/#comments Fri, 03 Sep 2010 12:58:57 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2606 It just never gets old, the article by an academic detailing all the work that academics have to do. Rob Faunce offers the latest installment: We have to plan for our courses weeks in advance. We have papers to grade. Students to counsel. Department meetings to attend. One thing I’ve learned, in my stints across …

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Smart is knowing what you don’t know http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/02/18/smart-is-knowing-what-you-dont-know/ Thu, 18 Feb 2010 15:00:04 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2155 Call me crazy, but maybe it’s a good thing that the University of Iowa — and by extension, a great many schools in financially troubled times — has to decide not to have an Asian studies program, among other marginal offerings. Universities — their administrations, boards, faculties, and sometimes students — are almost uniformly gripped …

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Gioia on Cultural Decline http://tonywoodlief.com/2007/08/09/gioia-on-cultural-decline/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2007/08/09/gioia-on-cultural-decline/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2007 16:32:17 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=699 Since literature seems to be the theme this week, check out Dana Gioia’s speech delivered at Stanford’s commencement exercises. Some highlights: “There is an experiment I’d love to conduct. I’d like to survey a cross-section of Americans and ask them how many active NBA players, Major League Baseball players, and American Idol finalists they can …

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