The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery
is an annual weekend conference discussing food, its history, and culture. Since 1981 the papers presented at the Symposium have been collected into a conference volume called the Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery
, most of which have been made available for free in their entirety via Google Books. Each volume consists of about 25-40 papers surrounding the theme of that year's Symposium (e.g. Eggs
, or The Meal
). [more inside]
A large portion of scientific research is publicly funded. So why do only the richest consumers have access to it?
Who are the alt-acs? They are people with graduate education (mostly in the humanities and library science) who have decided to pursue alternative academic careers
. They choose to skip the "dues-paying crap"
often associated with pursuing a traditional tenure-track job, and avoid languishing in unrewarding
adjunct assignments. They also tweet like mad
. The results
of a new (and, as of this writing, ongoing
) #alt-ac census
show alt-acs thriving in diverse positions; there's a strong contingent involved in the digital humanities
, but also a historian at the U.S. Department of State, an exhibit developer at the National Constitution Center, and a self-employed "Editor, musicologist." [more inside]
The Sakai Project,
an open-source course-management software program for educational institutions is being publicly released today
. Backed by the University of Michigan, Indiana University at Bloomington, MIT, and Stanford, Sakai hopes to free Universities from commercial products, which have reportedly become increasingly expensive. Here's a nice little write-up
from the Chronicle of Higher Ed.
Bad Writing = Good Writing?
The academic journal Philosophy and Literature used to hold a "Bad Writing Contest" to ridicule dense, unreadable academic prose... but a new book argues headache inducing sentences are necessary to express subtle theoretical points.