Clinical Encounters with the Entrepreneurial Self | Katie Jenness

I find it poignant how many students ask me if I could help them develop skills in meditation and mindfulness. For some students such practices seem to help them break out of the tension-filled cult of hyperproductivity they previously seemed caught in. But more often such practices—which ostensibly enhance our ability to simply be rather than always having to do—simply become conscripted to the neoliberal agenda, turning into self-improvement strategies that must be frantically and diligently perfected. Continue reading Clinical Encounters with the Entrepreneurial Self | Katie Jenness

The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House | Audre Lorde

In a world of possibility for us all, our personal visions help lay the groundwork for political action. The failure of academic feminists to recognize difference as a crucial strength is a failure to reach beyond the first patriarchal lesson. In our world, divide and conquer must become define and empower. Continue reading The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House | Audre Lorde

Intellectual Vocation & Political Struggle in the Trump Moment | Cornel West

This week’s addition to the reading list comes in the words of Dr. Cornel West, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Titled ‘Intellectual Vocation & Political Struggle in the Trump Moment,’ the text was originally a speech delivered as part of the series “Why the Humanities Matter in the 21st Century‟ at Dartmouth College on April 27, 2017. Continue reading Intellectual Vocation & Political Struggle in the Trump Moment | Cornel West

What Is Education | An Anthology

This week’s addition to the Sunday Reading list is an anthology titled ‘What is Education?’. Written by a group of students from Denmark with the support of the Danish Youth Council, the anthology attempts to ask the critical questions about Education today. To do this, the writers approach education from the standpoint of their own specializations such as educational studies, philosophy, psychoanalysis, sociology and philology.  Continue reading What Is Education | An Anthology

Pedagogy of Debt | Jeffrey Williams

This week’s addition to the Sunday Reading list comes from the desk of Jeffrey J. Williams who is a Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University. Apart from being a teacher of English literature and modern criticism and theory, Williams is also known to be a writer about American University culture. One of the most important writings in that regard have been his article ‘Pedagogy of Debt’ which is a study into the shift of the nature of university education in the United Statesand the implications of the ever rising amounts of student debt. Continue reading Pedagogy of Debt | Jeffrey Williams