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Terms of Endearment: Driving Martin Jurow

One of the biggest things to hit Lincoln, Nebraska — while I was growing up — was the hit movie “Terms of Endearment.”  That movie was shot in and around and under Lincoln and the local university, and many of its citizens, were the stars of the show.

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The Irrevocable End of Jamison Paul Mussack

Jamie Mussack was a friend of mine.  He was older than me, and we attended the same high school and college.  Jamie was a great singer, a fine actor and an award winning drummer.

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Primate DNA and the End of Inoperable Cancer

Are we able to stand up and dance for joy yet that primate DNA might eradicate illness while inoperable cancer might be a thing of the past?

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Nebraska Cancels William Ayers

In a strange move that I unfortunately recognize, but will never condone, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln played a coward’s hand by going back on their word and canceling a speech by William Ayers.

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Harvard is the Urban Semiotic of Universities

I read something online the other day from someone proclaiming Rice University: “The Harvard of the South.”

That’s funny, I said to myself, because I always thought Duke University was supposed to be the “Harvard of the South.”

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Arguing Against Arena Learning

In a recent article I wrote — Arguing Against Corridor Teaching — I made the case that students must be required to think universally and not in narrow niches of comfort.  Today, I challenge universities to honor that teaching code by requiring intimate learning opportunities in all circumstances they control.  You create that kind of careful environment using small class sizes and not
giant auditoriums.

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