Author Archives: Doug Bennett

About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).

Naming on Campus

December 2, 2016 At Earlham, a prominent building is called Carpenter Hall, but almost no one remembers who Carpenter was. And that’s so for most buildings on campuses all across the United States.  But sometimes it does matter, as it does … Continue reading

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A Code of Conduct for the Trump Era?

December 1, 2016 Yesterday’s Inside Higher Education carried a story about a proposed “anti-authoritarian code of conduct” proposed by Rachel Barney, a professor of classics and philosophy at the University of Toronto.  I read the proposed code with interest, but also … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Tie”

November 27, 2016 In the World Chess Championships, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the current world No. 1 and defending champion is tied with his challenger, the underdog Sergey Karjakin of Russia. The two have played eleven games and are tied at … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Sarcasm”

August 12, 2016 “They don’t  get sarcasm?” Donald Trump tweeted this morning about his earlier remark that President Obama was the founder of ISIS. Sarcasm may be a species of humor, but it is a biting kind of humor and often … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Gist”

April 14, 2016 On River View Friend I recently posted something I titled The Gist of Quakerism.  The word “gist” came quickly to mind as the word I wanted to comment on Chuck Fager’s two paragraph summary of Quakerism, but … Continue reading

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Ice Cream and Education

April 8, 2016 The good folks at the Economist have come up with a suggestion about how to boost scores of American students on standardized tests: eat more ice cream.  They notice this pattern in scores on the international PISA … Continue reading

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Where Is Academic Freedom Most Secure

April 7, 2016 I was stunned recently when I read that Sara Goldrick-Rab, a “prominent researcher on low-income students and public policy,” would be leaving one university to accept an appointment at another university out of concerns for academic freedom. … Continue reading

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