Downtown Aesthetics on Broadway

    Downtown Aesthetics on ...

    Peter and the Starcatcher. Written by Rick Elice. Directed by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers. Peter and the Starcatcher, which opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on April 15, would be an extraordinary and unique theatrical experience on any stage, but is especially so on...
    Bolaño Posthumous

    Bolaño Posthumous

    Books Under Review: The Skating Rink, by Roberto Bolaño, Tres by Roberto Bolaño,  & The Third Reich Between Parentheses: Essays, Articles and Speeches, 1998–2003 by Roberto Bolaño Since the publication in English in 2008 of his masterpiece 2666, bits and pieces of Roberto...
    Hannibal Lecture: Finding Relevance in Rome’s Nemesis

    Hannibal Lecture: Findi...

    Books under review: Barry Strauss, Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, and the Genius of Leadership. Simon & Schuster, 2012; Andreas Kluth, Hannibal and Me: What History’s Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failure. Riverhead Books,...
    Anarchism for Idiots

    Anarchism for Idiots

    Books Reviewed: Vivian Gornick. Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life. Yale University Press, 2011 Imagine Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris set in the Lower East side of New York City at the end of the nineteenth century, and you will have a good sense of the emotional and...

    Pathways to Debt?

      As many readers by now have heard, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein and the Board of Trustees initiated the “Pathways to Degree Completion” last June. The program is a massive new general education curriculum for CUNY. In its wake, faculty members across the university system have...

    The Ongoing Challenge

      It’s been almost six years now since I took over as head of the GC Advocate, and—having finally defended my dissertation and landed a job (sorry to brag)—I am moving on to make room for a younger, no doubt smarter, and with any luck hungrier and more ambitious,...
    On the City as University: Occupy and the Future of Public Education

    On the City as Universi...

    For quite a long time now, we precariously situated students and faculty in CUNY have been practicing the art of what Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o calls “poor theory”— “maximizing the possibilities inherent in the minimum… being extremely creative and experimental in order...
    On Malcolm X and Mexico

    On Malcolm X and Mexico

    Cross-posted at Michael K. Busch. The anniversary of Malcolm X’s birthday this past weekend found me revisiting some of his speeches and shorter works, and remembering the more noteworthy quotes taken from his writings and public pronouncements. One of the more plainly stated...
    #M1 Radical Lunch

    #M1 Radical Lunch

    March 1, 2012 marked the #M1 National Day of Action for Education called for by various student/teacher groups all over the country including Occupy Education and Occupy Colleges to highlight problems within the educational system, such as a lack of democratic decision-making and growing...
    Taking Student Evaluations Seriously

    Taking Student Evaluati...

    I know many of my colleagues don’t take student course evaluations very seriously. They claim that instructors are punished by such evaluations for maintaining standards, for rigorous grading and adherence to policies, and for not being “friends” with their students. They also...
    Pain and Perseverance: Some Thoughts on the Current Moment

    Pain and Perseverance: ...

    This spring will be a crucial time for organizing at CUNY. Put plainly, things are different now. We—as CUNY students and contingent workers—are finding ourselves in the midst of a different political climate with a different emphasis on coalition-building—alongside a simultaneous...
    On Resistance

    On Resistance

    Anyone who takes political resistance seriously must eventually confront the timeless question of tactics: which forms of resistance are appropriate to the struggle at hand; and which—if any—are not? A second set of questions necessarily accompanies the first. Namely, by what set of...