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So, 2016 Happened

2016 happened. Boy did it happen. It’s that time of year when people I admire start reflecting on their year. I belong to many tribes and each has its own … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Homegirl Reflecting on Charlotte Uprising

I have watched many cities burn over the past two years. I cried over Ferguson. I cried over Baltimore. But there’s nothing like seeing your hometown on social media with … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Great Mismatch

The painful truth about hand-wringing over whether Affirmative Action “harms” racial minorities is that no one cares if Affirmative Action harms racial minorities. The faux concern for the well-being of … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · 8 Comments

Fascism

This week we have witnessed a phenomenal act of social movement-making in an era when many, myself included, have wondered if meaningful change in the U.S. still possible. Some of … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · 22 Comments

Open and Accessible to What and For Whom? Reflections on ICDE 2015

The International Conference on Open and Distance Education was hosted by the University of South Africa this month. Paul Prinsloo put together a truly remarkable set of keynote addresses and … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

How I Read “Between The World and Me”

Editors at The Atlantic invited me to review Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between The World and Me”. It’s a three week book club. Today marks the second week. The invitation came in … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 5 Comments

Everything But The Burden: Publics, Public Scholarship, And Institutions

Institutions are inherently conservative. They are built to last. One way that institutions last is by diffusing threats to the status quo across org charts, rules, forms, email chains and … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · 6 Comments

Forced Context Collapse or The Right to Hide in Plain Sight

There is a whole brand of (mostly digital) journalism that culls social media content for stories. We can argue about the extent to which that is reporting as opposed to … Continue reading

January 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

When White Men Love Black Women on TV

With Olivia and Fitz and Annalise and Sam it has been noted that there’s a mainstream pop culture revolution happening in the representation of white men in relationships with black women. … Continue reading

December 22, 2014 · 33 Comments

Dude, Where’s The Race in Your Class Analysis of HigherEd?

A key status marker of any profession is engagement in fights about the state of said profession. For the past few weeks a particularly public fight about adjuncts and academia … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · 5 Comments