While going through Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" I noticed in Act 3, Scene2  this little speech from Robin Goodfellow:

My fairy lord, this must be done with haste,

For night's swift dragons cut the clouds full fast,

And yonder shine's Aurora's harbinger,

At whose approach, ghosts wand'ring here and there

Troop home to churchyards. Damned spirits all,

That in crossways and floods have burial.

The play is supposed to be set in ancient Athens, but, of course, it's not. It's interesting that Shakespeare has knowledge of the practice of burying suicides in crossroads. Crossroads as liminal areas, places betwixt and between, places of filth and dirt, have a long, long history.

Images courtesy of Martin Liebermann:".




Higher Ed and the Presidential Election

Writing in the final days leading up to the 2012 presidential election, I am struck both by the importance of higher education to the presidential contest and the deep engagement of our College faculty and students with the election. As our nation debates its future, it is no surprise the future of higher education has become a key issue. Our future depends on increasing access to college; affordability of a college education and the availability of student loans are thus essential. Funding for research is equally essential. Public research universities, including the University of Kentucky, are responsible for more than sixty percent of the nation’s academic research and educate over seventy percent of the scientists, engineers, doctors, and professionals that we produce in this country. Continued public investment in our basic and applied research is therefore essential to the health, prosperity, and technological advancement of our nation.

MIT Opens its Doors to Online Ed...even wider!

Mit is developing a new online tool platform called MITx that will hopefully bolster MIT's already success OpenCourseWare by:

  • organizing and present course material to enable students to learn at their own pace
  • featuring interactivity, online laboratories and student-to-student communication
  • allowing for the individual assessment of any student’s work and allow students who demonstrate their mastery of subjects to earn a certificate of completion awarded by MITx
  • operating on an open-source, scalable software infrastructure in order to make it continuously improving and readily available to other educational institutions.

You can check out the full article here you can see the details on how they plan to revolutionize the quality of online education in America. Very exciting times indeed!

MIT President Susan Hockfield said,

                       “MIT has long believed that anyone in the world with the motivation and ability to engage MIT coursework should have the opportunity to          attain the best MIT-based educational experience that Internet technology enables..."


Jerusalem Cold and the Dirty Laundry Blues

Though the title of this post might make a good name for a band, it accurately reflects the sentiment of the last week.The Kotel/Al Aqsa in Snow 2008

(Photo credit Ynet, by means of snow in Jerusalem 2008 blog post)

Undergraduate Research with PSY 395

Sitting in a lecture hall with 100-150 other psychology students isn't quite the definition of exciting. If you're an undergraduate student considering graduate school, getting out of the classroom and into the field of research is extremely beneficial to both your resume and your knowledge in psych. I am in my 3rd semeser as a 395 under the direction of Dr. Ellen Usher. It's one thing to learn about Albert Bandura and self-efficacy through a textbook and powerpoint presentations. It's an entirely different way of learning when you are seeing the motivation variances in 4th through 8th grade classrooms. I spend most every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in elementary and middle schools across Fayette County gathering data on how students feel they perform in reading and math. We are just finishing up our 5th wave of data collection and putting together proposals to present at conferences. I can assure any student that learning through your own research or helping others with theirs is a whole new way of gaining yet another great opportunity that the University of Kentucky provides you with. Join a 395 research team and experience it for yourself!!

Adding a Facebook link to Blackboard

Facebook can be a helpful tool for teachers to encourage students to interact with each other outside of the classroom. In this video,we will show you how to create a Facebook group page for your class and how to put the Facebook link in a Blackboard shell.

Untitled from chiayi32 on Vimeo.

Study Abroad with Semester at Sea!

This past Summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad with Semester at Sea. It was a fantastic learning experience and I was able to make many new friends. I was on the MV Explorer for a month and was able to see seven countries. With this program, you have the ability to study about a particular concept and then experience it in the countries you visit. I took a class in education on board the ship. My class then had the opportunity to teach in Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago. This was my favorite experience during my voyage. I cannot express how fun it is to study on a cruise ship. If you have the chance, you should look into this program or any other Education Abroad program! I highly suggest that as an undergraduate student you study abroad. It truly is a life changing experience.

Get Into Community Service!

If you're looking for a way to get involved in community service in Lexington with an amazing group of people, consider joining Alpha Phi Omega. APO is a co-ed service fraternity that emphasizes friendship, leadership, and service. Through APO, you get to be part of an unbelievable brotherhood, while being able to volunteer with various organizations in the community!

The Power of Music

Sunday morning I awoke to the news that Whitney Houston had passed away.Whitney Houston in Dimona with the Hebrew Israelites in 2003

(Photo credit: Size Doesn’t Matter Blog)

February 17 Kathleen Fitzpatrick

February 17, 2012

Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Professor of Media Studies, Ponoma College

Director of Scholarly Communication, MLA


Dr. Fitzpatrick will be available for two events on February 17.


A Discussion on Digital Publishing, Academic Publishing and Digital Scholarship

Friday, February 17 10:00 AM

POT 245

A chance to talk one on one about the current state of digital scholarship and its implications for the humanities.



Planned Obsolescence:  Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy

Friday, February 17 3:00 PM

211 Student Center Addition


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