WHAT DIDN’T KEEP TORQUEMADA UP AT NIGHT

We live in a bivalent three-dimensional world. There’s left and right, there’s up and down, and there’s forward and back. I say ‘bivalent’ because even if you’re only slightly to the left, or you’re feeling just a little bit down, or you’ve made only marginal progress towards losing weight, you’re to the left or down or … Continue reading WHAT DIDN’T KEEP TORQUEMADA UP AT NIGHT

WOMEN AND GENDER STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE

Not unlike the Indigenous Studies Department, Women and Gender Studies at the University of Lethbridge makes no bones about its commitment to social justice. But on its website it also promises that its students “will develop critical thinking skills”. By this I take it to mean the skill required to critique patriarchy. Fair enough. But … Continue reading WOMEN AND GENDER STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE

AN OPEN LETTER TO MY AS-YET-UNINITIATED STUDENTS

Some university administrators, and a few of my colleagues, want to offer you a babysitting service, not for your children but for yourselves. And some of you got so used to it in high school that you want to be babysat. Good babysitters are not to be disparaged. They provide a very important service. But … Continue reading AN OPEN LETTER TO MY AS-YET-UNINITIATED STUDENTS