Give this a listen

Yesterday, three CCSU students appeared on WNPR’s “Where We Live” with John Dankosky. They discussed their work this semester in the realm of wealth and income inequality, through the prism of race in the run-up to our big Dec. 10 event, Bridging the Gap: A Dream Deferred. There was no professor with them, and no …

On being grateful

Last night, I sat down to grade my CCSU class’s blog posts. We are writing a blog, and the students mostly appear to take it seriously. It’s hard to describe how much grading takes over your life, when you’re a teacher. It can start to feel rote and when I start to feel that way, …

Check out my CCSU class’s inequality blog

Right here. The class, COMM 345, Writing for Electronic Media, is studying wealth and income inequality through the prism of race. We’re capping the semester with a Bridging the Gap event on campus,  and you’re invited: 5 p.m., a buffet dinner 5:30, live judging of students’ work (writing, photography, videography) 7, keynote speaker Tim Wise, …

So it’s the Democrats’ turn tonight…

…and I’m all a-tingle. Not really, but the Democratic presidential candidates will debate tonight on CNN, and here’s the line-up. The New York Times says there aren’t wide gaps between the candidates, just subtle divides. So. Any hope for the entertainment we gleaned from the Republicans? Any name-calling, d’ya think? Any one suggesting indentured servitude or commenting on …

The Oregon mass killer was a terrorist

Chris Harper Mercer took firearms and killed nine people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, exchanged gunfire with law enforcement, and then he shot himself. He was a terrorist, says Simran Jeet Singh, at Religion News Service. Singh writes: In our modern world, “terrorist” is a racially coded word we have reserved primarily for describing Muslims …

Well, that was a week

I just completed my first-ever week as a full-time academic (no classes on Friday, though I am going to campus for a meeting) and let me tell you some things I’ve learned; There is no harder job. I have never — ever — worked as hard in a week as I did this past one, and I mean work from 6:30 …

Wait. Free college??!?!

Last week, Pres. Obama proposed making two years of community college free and universal. It faces, of course, an uphill battle. This is  wonderful, but it’s not new. A commission in the 1940s suggested something like this, free education all the way up to the “14th grade.” The potential for this could be huge, according …