Category Archives: What Is A Scholar?

Themes and ideas for that class

It is exoticism, primitivism, representations and uses of the savage and the jungle, and indigenismos, and lo indígena. I thought of giving a class on these themes again because I ran across some material on Quintín Lame, and I am … Continue reading

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Ideas across borders

The “transnational turn” in U.S. historiography has made scholars aware of the interdependence of U.S. history on the history of the rest of the world. It has had a particularly significant impact on intellectual and cultural history, which is now … Continue reading

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“Quitting is the new tenure”

Someone said that. I say that chairs should not have lecturers and secretaries do their work, and deans should not have professors do their work. The deans, lecturers and secretaries should also not undermine and obstruct the work of the … Continue reading

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Año nuevo

I visited the town I grew up in for the first time in many years and here is a shot from it. Look at the palm trees and the mountains. This year I would like to clear up this blog, … Continue reading

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Remember remember

Books I can see for free online, which means barely peer at them, but think the publisher should give me, are: Aldama, ed. Latino/a Literature in the Classroom. Routledge, 2015. Venuti. Translation Changes Everything. Routledge, 2013. I must remember to … Continue reading

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I really need to be using Scrivener

It is obviously my style, and I should learn it. Meanwhile, pasting here what I cut from elsewhere: CUT FROM ALFS ARTICLE – REDUNDANT, or VERBOSE, yet INTERESTING [Start] If we are an institution of learning then students are learning … Continue reading

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Lo que no dije, o no he dicho todavía.

Finally, here is something I never understood about how the deans and chairs thought about hiring and enrollment management. While they asked professors for very advanced classes destined to be very small, and fragmented the junior level cohort by offering … Continue reading

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