Monthly Archives: January 2008

every talk is a job talk, especially ones called a job talk

People often say that every talk is a job talk. I think this is a reasonable approach. And to be clear, “job talk” refers to more than the presentation itself. It’s about the time spent at the host institution overall. You want to make a good impression when you go and visit a school. Making […]

black vs african american

This may be the wrong network for this question, but here’s a try. In general, the terms “Black” and “African American” are considered non-derogatory among people in that group, with some preferring one and others the other and many people using them interchangeably. By contrast, many White young people are being taught that “African American” […]

how often does this happen to you?

You pick up a journal. You look through it. You know that what’s in there is “sociology”. But then you think to yourself, “I don’t recognize this stuff as what I do. It seems like an entirely different discipline; one I’m not remotely interested in!” It happens to me more often than I should probably […]

canadian women more feminist than american?

That is what this essay by journalist Michael Valpy on the decline of religious identity and attendance in Canada implies. The article goes through several explanations of why Canadians have become sharply less religious since the 1960s. Rejecting other explanations, such as the postmodern condition and declines in voluntary participation in general, the article focuses […]

way to perpetuate stereotypes

From a video by the Stanford Environmental Health and Safety group (actual video not available without an ID): “So clean your toaster, or get your mom to come here and live with you.” And no, it’s not just on some obscure video one can only view with a campus ID , it also got blasted […]

’twas the night before Tax Day… or is that Happy Helicopter Day?

A correspondent asks: I’m searching for economic advice. If I were to create a national holiday meant to coincide with the stimulus package being planned in Washington, when would be a good time to have the holiday? It’s not so much an economic question, and I dunno. Perhaps, like “Love Day” from The Simpsons [*], […]

my first ever meeting on a university-wide committee

Being tenured means more committee work. Yesterday I had my first meeting as the social sciences representative on a small, but university-wide, committee about the future of research computing at Northwestern. Five minutes in and it was clear I am not going to have much to contribute, as several of the other members are computing […]

lyrics of the day:

“Sometimes you’re the windshield. Sometimes you’re the bug.” ~ Mary Chapin Carpenter, “The Bug” ’nuff said.

fun times: mission statements

I’ve blogged before about the pointless activity of writing mission statements. Today I received a link to this dandy little article which reveals some of the incredibly profound discussions surrounding the writing and adoption of mission statements. “How can you possibly say our mission is ‘research and teaching?’ It’s so obvious that it’s ‘teaching and […]

memory lane: shirley chisholm

I’d forgotten until I saw a mention of her on another blog.  My first big foray into politics was in 1972, when I worked on the Shirley Chisholm campaign in North Carolina.  “Unbought and Unbossed.”   My memories of this are hazy.   My biggest excitement was meeting her and getting her autograph.  I think […]

which blog would you choose to review your book?

Or, would you prefer traditional peer review?  Which do you think would most improve your manuscript? See this article in today’s Chronicle.

is it because they’re all voting for edwards?

Story on, right now: I notice that is not presently running a companion story: “Gender or race: white male voters face tough choices in S.C.” (Update:


Like our illustrious fellow blogger, I suffer from insomnia. And now I know why. Okay, so maybe I don’t really know why. But it could be a reason. Save your money, Jeremy! Don’t go to a sleep center. First try not talking on the phone before bed. I also cut out caffeine after 5. Which […]

whorls of will

I write this from my elliptical trainer. I suppose one might see pathology in someone squeezing his laptop into his elliptical trainer’s magazine rack, but at least my water bottle holder contains a bottle of actual water, not Coke Zero like yesterday morning. The real point for this post is that I don’t especially want […]


Joining blogland has been interesting, if time consuming.  I’ve been particularly interested in tapping into the universe of Black & biracial blogs, the debates about adoption, and the academic blogs.  I also realized I have been on a run of non-sociological experiences this week.  After a week spent nose down finishing a grant proposal (the […]


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