Entries Tagged as 'Leadership'

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

Turn Off TV, Read an Essay: Brooks’s Sidney Awards

David Brooks invites us to turn off the TV (or turn off the iPhone, the Wii, the iPod, YouTube, &c.) in order to read a long-form published essay, in his annual Sidney Awards. Among the topics healthcare leads the list, but also American (in)justice, local DC politics (in the person of Marion Barry) and Afghanistan.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

The Real Health Reform Agenda of Republicans and Right-Wingnuts

Here is the health-care reform agenda¬†of Republican politicians and the right-wingnuts (pundits and conspiracy theorist deadenders) who constitute the aptly-named Republican “base”: Defeat Obama. That’s it. It’s just that simple. No innovative health policy. No creative health proposal. Just a political calculation: Defeat Obama on this big one, and he becomes a lame duck. Then […]

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

What Do Faculty Want?

A friend of mine, who has recently accepted the presidency of a college, writes me asking, What do faculty want in a president? What faculty want in a president is . . . –Someone who sees, acknowledges, embraces, and celebrates the best within the culture and history of the college, and who is willing to […]

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Don’t Ask, Mary Agnes, or We’ll Tell

There may not be “out” gays in the military, but there appear to be Queer Eyes among Air Force officers. An article by R. Jeffrey Smith in The Washington Postreveals that top brass among Fly Boys have lobbied Congress to spend counter-terrorism funds for “comfort capsules” (and we’re not talking about Qualudes, girl friend), modular […]

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

Sex and the Married Governor

The week that Eliot Spitzer came clean (pun intended) about his creative financing of sessions with a high-end sex worker, my students in the second semester of a survey of world literature course were looking at Freud’s account of his patient “Dora.” I’ve configured the world lit course as an exploration (I just typed and […]

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Right-Wing Coup Deposes William & Mary Prez Gene Nichol

This week we learned that the well respected and beloved (though controversial) president of the College of William and Mary, Gene Nichol, would not have his contract renewed by the Board of Visitors (headed by the college’s rector, the refried Bush administrator Michael K. Powell [son of the Good Soldier and former Bush Secretary of […]