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of *Culture War, Class War 2022: Truth & Generations*

by Michael Adzema

“Cultural Rebirth, Aborted”

beginning with

Chapter 10

“The King Won’t Die:

“Attack of the Body-Snatchers…an Aborted Changing of the Guard”


CW22 10/1
[*Chapter 10 text begins:*] What do these events have in common? The popularity of Democrats since the 90s, with Obama’s favorability ratings high despite US entanglement in several wars; the astounding progress in race relations…”


CW22 10/2
“…exemplified by ever increasing numbers of African-Americans elected & appointed to the highest posts in US government since the 90s, highlighted by the election of the 1st ever black president in the most lopsided victory in decades;”


CW22 10/3
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American Universities can function perfectly well without vax mandates.

Look no further than U of Arkansas for an example. In Fall '21, State legislation forbid vax mandates, yet Higher Ed carried on.

Bodies did not pile up in the hallways.
From their website, the University shows goodwill in providing vaccination to those who wish for it, free.

But it does not require it for those who do not.
*correx to 1st link here (damned --…
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If you're thinking about classroom policies and accommodations as you draft your syllabus, here are some things to keep in mind. I realize that many of my colleagues don't understand how it works. Feel free to drop questions after reading the thread. 1/13
Disability accommodations are in place to protect universities. They are not the best way to support a student. Getting an accommodation is dependent on a diagnosis, a thoughtful doctor, and a legitimate understanding of disability. 2/13
You may think most doctors know how to write a letter. They do not. I have written almost all of my own. My doctors have no clue what my everyday access needs are. Most do not understand the embodied experience of being disabled. 3/13
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"Getting up and doing even ten minutes of light to moderate physical activity a few times [per] day is an effective strategy in reducing the likelihood of having a stroke. For overall heart and brain health, move more ... and sit less." Steven P. Hooker…
First microplastics found in Antarctic snow…
#MicroplasticsDiscovery, #AntarcticSnow
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"I hope to investigate how data cooperatives can rebalance power dynamics in cities, allowing people to learn about themselves and their communities while...using data to advocate for policy and practical solutions in their own best interests." @katyaabaz…
On the Very Serious Podcast: Tyler Cowen on Identifying Talent…
#TalentDevelopment, #TrainingPrograms, #HigherEducation, #ApplePodcast
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Hello all, Cathy here (Co-Comms & Media Officer) with live updates from the @stonewalluk Workplace Conference in London!
Really pleased to be representing @UoEStaffPride today. Looking forward to bringing my learning back to Edinburgh to share w/ my colleagues. #BeingLGBTQatWork
As some of you know, I’m a @ucuedinburgh/@ucutheunion member & have been on strike this week. I’m not striking today so that I can represent @UoEStaffPride & share my experience of current issues facing equality, diversity & inclusion efforts in the #highereducation sector. #EDI
As explained in this letter from @UoEBAME, @UoEREN, @dsn_edi, @UoEStaffPride, Womxn of Colour Collective & @ucuedinburgh, Edinburgh Uni senior mgmt cannot claim commitment to #EDI without working to resolve ongoing #FourFights & Pension Cuts disputes:
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Wasn't expecting my recent article in @FortuneIndia "Balancing Act Of #HigherEducation in India" to become contextual in sad light of an Indian student losing life in a distant European conflict in #Ukraine. A short thread summary & link for those interested @rajeevdubey
2/9 "Augmenting Quality Of Average Institutes" in India is paramount to making India the world's "academic capital". Not only does pedigree qualify us to stake a claim but also at stake is a USD $600 B domestic education market & USD $6 trillion global economic opportunity
3/9 Roughly 5 million students defined as #InternationallyMobileStudents study outside their home country each year of these 7 lakh are Indian students a third of whom go to the U.S. & rest to others & spend close to $13 billion under RBI’s liberalized remittance route
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🪶Hiding behind this academic #freedom argument…” says a politician in Texas about university professors whose jobs he wants to cancel. Along with what they teach. Particularly #CriticalRaceTheory. “They could have asked myself”. But they didn’t and now he wants to “end #tenure
Other than critical race he mentions “defunding the police” and gender (“girls being deprived of sports scholarships”) and concludes: “and here’s what we gonna do … the key word tenure (he says it as if it was something perverse)… tenure? It’s time that that comes to an end”
“Tenure has outlived its time, because they (uni admin) don’t have control over their own universities” (one cannot fire those on TT during their six years evaluation!). Aim: “end all tenure for all new hires”… @PrecAnthro #IchbinHanna @culanth @FocaalBlog
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Here's the new Education Secretary's speech about his priorities.

A few preliminary notes on the higher ed section:…
Emphasis on ROI for college degrees:
"we must transform education beyond high school so that it works for everybody, and so that it leads to well-paying, rewarding careers. "

Wants to increase enrollment+address debt anxiety:

"too many talented Americans are choosing against enrolling in higher education due to the fear of debt and the feeling that college is out of reach. "

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European society needs the contribution of universities and other higher education institutions more than ever.

Today, we present two new initiatives:

🔹European strategy for universities
🔹A proposal for effective European higher education cooperation

Learn more 👇
🏫5000 higher education institutions
👩‍🎓17.5 million tertiary education students
👩‍🏫1.35 million people teaching in tertiary education
👩‍🔬1.17 million researchers

It's the moment to enable all universities in Europe to thrive and contribute to Europe's resilience and recovery.
The European strategy for universities sets four objectives:

Strengthen the European dimension of higher education and research.

Consolidate universities as lighthouses of our European way of life.

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As many as 3-5% of admitted students at these elite Universities were under-qualified and over-privileged, given spots to leverage fundraising.

Lots of these schools barely have 5% Black students and TT faculty. #AcademicChatter #highereducation #highered
The other 15 universities in the lawsuit are @Brown, Cal Tech, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, #Dartmouth, Emory, Georgetown, #MIT, #Northwestern, Notre Dame, Penn, Rice, Vanderbilt and #Yale.

Perhaps economically challenged superstar students will take their talents elsewhere.
I have *never* believed the racial #AffirmativeAction hype they tried to sell—that these alumni admits and full pay, overprivileged AA kids were smarter than we were. Please. Years of teaching affirm that under-resourced students can be so much smarter and more interesting too.
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 12/24/2021…
Marine heatwaves can decimate the oldest and youngest coral, raising concerns about the reproductive future of reefs…

#MarineHeatwaves, #CoralDistribution, #ReefEcosystems
Come for the Tool, Stay for the Exchange: Bootstrapping Liquidity in the Private Markets…

#CapitalFlow, #PrivateMarkets, #AssetClasses, #PortfolioDiversification, #bootstrapping, #liquidity
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As a faculty member that has been on the front lines with struggling students this article infuriates me - absolutely infuriates me - the "kids are not all right" and I have been saying this for two years now. (1/x)… via @BostonGlobe
We have created a culture of isolation, snitching, and anxiety in a population of young adults that has done everything that has been asked of them, we have perverted what should be four of the best years of their life. You want to address mental health in #highered? (2/x)
Get back to normal. Why are they wearing masks still? Why are we banning get togethers? Why are we quarantining them? Why are we testing them to chase COVID? Why are we sending them home? Why are we making them feel guilty, making them scared? Two years in! (3/x)
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I hope that the first-ever @Jeopardy! #ProfessorsTournament (which starts Monday) can shift some perceptions about #HigherEducation in one significant way: the competing professors are from just about every kind of #highered institution possible. 1/4
Community college, HBCU, SLAC, religious school, military institute, public U, regional comprehensive, HSI, private U, technical college: the 15 of us are FAR more reflective of higher ed than most media portrayals, representing nearly every school type except tribal college 2/4
Those of us honored to be selected for the @Jeopardy! #professorstournament were acutely aware of how rare it was to be *seen* by a media/entertainment powerhouse: the J! producers saw that higher ed happens in marvelously diverse places, not just the Ivies, not just the TT. 3/4
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In my letter to @thetimes I call on British universities to adopt the Draft Model Code of Conduct (DMCC) developed by @AFI_WG. This would show that 🇬🇧 Higher Education institutions are serious about enhancing transparency and accountability in their cooperation with 🇨🇳 China /1
The biggest danger facing British higher education institutions now is complacency. When it comes to critically re-evaluating universities’ ties with 🇨🇳 China, students, academics, service professionals and vice-chancellors all have skin in the game. The time to act is now /2
British universities agreeing to adopt @AFI_WG’s Draft Model Code of Conduct (DMCC) would be a game changer. Taking such a step would stand universities in good stead with the government, and adopting the code could help to prevent heavy-handed state regulation in the future /3
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🚨🚨 New @AEI report: @james_d_paul and Robert Maranto release the first empirical examination of just how prevalent #DEI statement requirements have become in #HigherEducation hiring. /THREAD
Nearly one in five #professors are now being selected based on not only academic merit but also their commitment to a particular ideological vision—and, due to conservative coding schemes, this number may be even higher. /1
19% of job postings studied require diversity statements, while 68% include the terms “diversity” or “diverse” in some fashion. /2
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FULLY FUNDED MA, MSc, and PhD position at UBC, Canada 🇨🇦

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at The University of British Columbia is currently recruiting 30 to 40 M. A., MSc. and Ph.D. students for Fall 2022.
Funding packages start at $25,000 per year for PhD

These are research degrees that integrate research with fundamental and advanced courses. Students are provided the opportunity to assume teaching assistantships in undergraduate courses. Students work under the guidance of their Research Supervisor, and other faculty
members. Students must satisfactorily complete course work, a comprehensive examination (Ph.D. only), a departmental exam, and write and defend a research-based thesis. Research topics include, but are not limited to:
a)Biorefining, Biofuels, Bio-Based Materials and Nanocellulose
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1/ The Right-Wing Political Machine Is Out to Take Over School Boards by Fanning Fears of Critical Race Theory… Leadership Institute training conservatives to run for school boards to “stop the teaching of #CRT before it destroys the fabric of our nation."
2/ The Leadership Institute, which is offering trainings on taking over school boards, runs a project called Campus Reform, which encourages conservative students to “expose the leftist abuses on your campus.” Image
3/ Campus Reform is a project of the Leadership Institute connecting "conservatives into a nationwide conservative network and a lifetime of civic involvement.Almost all significant conservative organizations across America now employ Institute graduates" Image
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A 🧵 on managing expectations in #academia #highereducation (from my own painfully learnt experiences)

#AcademicTwitter, I accidently deleted my earlier popular pinned thread. I thought it was a good excuse to repost, but with some further reflections (older/wiser?)
So here is the original thread:…
These are tips that I wish I had learnt earlier - I hope they help a few of you struggling with the many demands of academic life in long, dragging #pandemic where academic life is increasingly under acute pressure and everything feels extra hard
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 07/15/2021…
To Manage Wildfire, California Looks To What Tribes Have Known All Along…

#wildfires #ForestryManagement #NativeAmericans #IndigenousKnowledge
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Higher Education in Australia: The Crisis we don't need to have. 1. Australian universities, such as Adelaide Uni right now, are facing large job losses. Bad for students. Bad for staff. Bad for the sector. #auspol #highereducation
2. The precise quantum of the federal government's contribution to Higher Education funding is difficult to calculate as @andrewnorton and Geoff Sharrock show…… #auspol
3. Universities Australia states: "The sector took a $1.8 billion revenue hit last year. Universities Australia estimates another $2 billion will be lost this year - against 2019 actual operating revenue" - through loss of international student revenue.…
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 05/31/2021…
Declining biodiversity in wild Amazon fisheries threatens human diet…

#biodiversity #amazon #fisheries #diet #consequences
The Covid-19 Lab Leak Theory Is a Tale of Weaponized Uncertainty…

#COVID19 #origin #wuhan #LabLeak #weaponization #uncertainty
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