Higher Ed’s been rotten a long time: see what I wrote about it in 2011.

The origins of the United Statesuniversity system. The most depressing thing about being a professor is being part of the United States professoriate. I love teaching, scholarship, ideas, and service. But the professoriate is, unfortunately, an integral cog in the machine that is the American academy. And the American academy is literally a feudal, caste-based…

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My translation of a recent Southwestern Baptist Press release

Those of you who follow Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, led by the man pictured below (Adam Greenway) may have become aware of certain controversial occurrences on the Fort Worth campus. Events there are complex, but I have been fortunate enough to study many languages, so my translation skills may help you make sense of things.…

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William Cullen Bryant explains why America is freaking out

In his classic poem “Thanatopsis,” William Cullen Bryant ponders death. The title means “the gaze of death” in Greek. A long tradition in poetry and art holds up the genre of thanatopsis, reflecting on what it means to die.    To him who in the love of Nature holds   Communion with her visible forms, she speaks   A…

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Did Troy collapse because of a quarantine, not a siege? Coronavirus food for thought.

The March 26 headline on Newsweek stated that the US military would not reveal data about how many COVID-19 cases have occurred among the troops. This brought to mind a few plagues that shaped history in the past, simply as a point of reference. The Trojan War Thanks to nineteenth-century archaeological discoveries in Turkey we…

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