Archive for the ‘I Recall the Moment’ Category

If You See Something, Say Something

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

This picture is worth thousands and thousands and thousands of somethings.

Academic Freedom and Free Speech on Campus – From the AAUP

Monday, February 19th, 2018

The following is a condensed and edited version of “Academic Freedom in the Age of Trump,” an interview originally published in October 2017 on BillMoyers.com. Moyers interviewing Professor Emeritus Joan W. Scott. Academe article has to do with attacks from the right but anyone with brains can tell it says a lot about the dirty linen of Hunter College and the Department of Film and Media Studies, City University of New York.

Bill Moyers: Professor Scott, connect these dots for us. What’s the pattern?

Joan W. Scott: The pattern is an attack on the university as a place where critical thinking occurs, where free thought is encouraged. This is not new; it’s been going on for a number of years. It can be seen in the defunding of state universities. It can been seen in attacks on free speech at the university, particularly on the sup­posed tenured “radicals” who are teaching in universities. The Trump election brought it the fore and made it possible for a number of different groups whose aim is to stop the teaching of critical thinking to launch direct attacks.

Full article here.

Eyewitnesses to a Bonafide Academic Obscenity

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

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Recalling a Period from the Good Ol’ Days When Hunter Undergraduate Journalism Was Lush with Opportunities for Students

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

This was originally published March 24, 2009, with the headline, Business Press Education Foundation:

Several years ago, Hunter use to rank one, two or three among about 60 colleges (Big 10, Big 8, NYU, Fordham, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, others) whose students were awarded paying internships arranged through the Business Press Education Foundation.

There was one year the Big H slipped to fourth (sniff). And there was that one moment at a fête at Baruch College (the so-called business college) to celebrate the awardees, and five from the Big H stood up – Uno Numero. I remember the ooh’s and ah’s, and someone saying aloud, a paraphrase: “What’s going on at Hunter?”  The Hunter students winning the awards were all enrolled in my journalism writing classes, and all of their articles submitted for the contest at that time had been published in the Envoy because there was no WORD at the time. The College, of course, got the credit, however.

So much for history and why published portfolios are super important and why requiring students to submit articles for publication is so much better than any of the other teaching formulas for teaching writing, of course, taking place at the Big H.

BPEF internships include news editorial and business side positions for summer internships, sometimes as much as $300 per week. Students completing the internships have continued into the following fall semester in part time, stringing and full-timepositions. The deadline is late this year, real late. April 9.

There is a drawback, however. Sometimes the BPEF doesn’t adequately oversee the internship process and some companies try to rook students of their stipends or give them secretarial duties which have nothing to do with editorial tasks.

[February 10, 2018 update: Phyllis Reed, who for several years headed the BPEF internship program, was committed to rooting out these unfair practices and was especially committed to making sure that ethnic minority students were fairly treated. Click here for more information about Phyllis Reed.]

When Bullies Become Bosses (As Well As Department Chairs, Deans and College Presidents)

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018


 

Happy Holidays James Milliken, Outgoing Chancellor of the City University of New York: Did You Know That the CUNY Violence in the Workplace Policy and the CUNY Student Complaint Procedures for Filing Complaints Against Professors Are Being Used for Censorship and Harassment?

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

Note to Readers: James B. (“J.B.”) Milliken was president of University of Nebraska-Lincoln before he was hired at CUNY. University of Nebraska-Lincoln prides itself as “The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is home to leading researchers who have studied bullying in the workplace as well as in school settings.”

That was one of the reasons I delivered a moveon.org petition to his office a while back supporting the New York State Healthy Workplace Bill. I wasn’t sure what would happen or if there would be a response but when it happened it was like wow!

Does censorship and harassment and bullying facilitate outright academic debauchery? More about this later

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Report from the (Hunter College) Academic Freedom Committee: Film and Media’s Special Public Relations Seminar, MEDP 299.48: Part 1, Without Comment

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017


An important document for understanding how things work at Hunter and in the Department of Film and Media Studies.
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Thursday, October 19th, 2017