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that's all really helpful. yes there is to be an index, and I will take care of the maps! glad to know they are appreciated, m
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on The die is cast at A Don’s Life
Thanks for putting me right on that, m
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Stairway to heaven at A Don’s Life
I may not have been clear enough about the play and exploration.. the show, as I say, is an attempt to undermine the traditional image of the "blackamoor"... in a show of black images by black artists, taking some of the tropes and upturning them. There is no intention in this show to affirm the traditional image, quite the reverse. It does it artfully and thoughtfully.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Sculptures die too at A Don’s Life
i dont think you saw the in joke.. when i was trolled by a silly young man a couple of years ago I said publicly that I wanted to smack his bottom (and tell his mum... ). and i was parodying the ideas of gendered discourse. geddit?
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2015 on 50 shades of sexism at A Don’s Life
Thanks, D. The trouble is that I at least dont know how all this 'shedding' was done...but there seem to me to be two issues here 1) what counts as reputational risk and what criteria should be applied for all these positions (as tohu above more than hints). I can foresee a time when we all have to do an on line discrimination course before we grade anyone; well in some cases we do. When the trouble is that is is fantastically easy to get 100% in test and have views like TH seems to have! The point is that it has protected the institution, not the candidates ("Everyone of our graders has done a discrimination course") 2) how the "shedding" is done, on the basis of what info. It is clear what would happen if it was a contractual position...but honorary is different obviously. Ultimately I dont want universities in which there were no "sexists", the ultra right wing... etc I want the institution to manage fairness...and find ways of ensuring that beyond an online exam.
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2015 on 50 shades of sexism at A Don’s Life
others would.. a set of transactions that go beyond, rightly or wrongly, the rules... some people get given, some dont. that is a problem
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2015 on at A Don’s Life
I think that quite a few of you excellent commenters dont see the complexities of all this. More than 30 years ago I was just about finishing my PhD and (as then was) it had to be typed. I was fretting with my supervisor about the cash required for that... he went to his cheque book and gave me a cheque for £100 (that paid then). When I asked how I should repay him, he just said.. do it for someone else one day. I hope I have.... I know this is different from the precise issues we are talking about. I can see all the things that might be the matter with this (who doesnt get offered that? what about the supervisors who cant afford that? etc )But i would rather I world in which that was possible than one in which it wasnt.
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2015 on at A Don’s Life
to be honest I dont think this happens now (well not to me), but i do think that the best way of dealing with it is not going to fbi, but "accepting" the gift, passing it on or whatever, and making your decision as ever.. what is the point of trying to prosecute the briber/giver... just get on with the job. (that would stop it in the end!)
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2015 on at A Don’s Life
I still think this is more complicated .. Ok it was at least 50 years ago.. and there were no such rules. BUT.. think of the complexity.. you have just arranged visit to the college for the applicant, and talked to him (as it was then) at some length, as you would. Then there is a case of wine coming.. saying "just to say thank you for seeing x.. so grateful you could see him at 10.00 pm on Saturday). The one important point is that it plays no part in the decision (I am sure it didnt)..and that we trust that. We cant police every present. In some way the best defence against bribery is to let them cough up and for it to make no difference!
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2015 on at A Don’s Life
I did say it was a long time ago... But I still think that there is a message here...sending it back accuses them of bribery rather than generosity of hand of friendship. Keeping it and assuming it was not a bribe does seem now awfully old-fashioned but is still quite smart... better to share it. "Thank you very much for your kind gift,my students much enjoyed it in their post-exam party". Bribery isnt an objective category, it depends on intention, motivation and interpretation on all sides.
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2015 on at A Don’s Life
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2015 on Stairway to heaven at A Don’s Life
There are more firsts that is true, but for me the really dramatic change in my subject is the virtual elimination of the 2.2. Which used to be a grade lots got (and indeed some who went on to great things).
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2015 on Exams, and dumbing down at A Don’s Life
Bit of a mixture, honestly. Some in head by now (as it has been stored up), but I do tend to have a detailed road map in notes for each chapter
Toggle Commented May 30, 2015 on The final straight at A Don’s Life
You'll have to read the book...! One thing that is surprising/striking is that up to the third century there were so few revolts of any BIG kind (though I bet a lot of the 'spitting in the soup' kind). The dominance of a small number of elite in the city of Rome especially...over a very large number of poor slum-ish dwellers is extraordinary, given limited policing force of any kind. One of themes of the end of the book = what counted as ROMAN?
Toggle Commented May 29, 2015 on The final straight at A Don’s Life
To be honest, Mr Bulley, I dont think you are quite up to speed on the happily messy and mixed social interactions of graduation!
Toggle Commented May 26, 2015 on Degree results at A Don’s Life
At a very trivial social level, just think about graduation. Ceremony happens about 3 or 4 days after results (as currently) published. 99% of students attend, with family. I always go if I possibly can. It's nice to meet the parents for once, and it can be a useful opportunity to assuage any disappointment they might have (if Dad was really hoping that she would get a first, for example...). Just imagine showing up to this relaxed social occasion, and having to remember whose result you were allowed to mention and whose not etc. Frankly I would probably end up trying to give it a miss Or maybe the rule could be that asking for no publication removed right to graduate?
Toggle Commented May 26, 2015 on Degree results at A Don’s Life
I find this a bit depressing... I still think that taking hard working students before their exams to see relevant material in a foreign museum (with some teaching thrown in), plus a nice lunch they dont pay for is a good thing and should happen more often!
Toggle Commented May 17, 2015 on Newnham Paris Trip at A Don’s Life
The students did not pay for lunch. It was a gift of the donor and topped up by yours truly if you must know !
Toggle Commented May 13, 2015 on Newnham Paris Trip at A Don’s Life
Just to say sorry for delays in posting and replies, and confession on tyoes.. am rather out of internet connection. All will be revealed shortly, m
Toggle Commented May 13, 2015 on Newnham Paris Trip at A Don’s Life
oh blimey. I did 5 in the sunday times a year ago.. Aphrodisias for sure, Bassae is wild and weird. ... Have just discovered Hierapolis which might get on th elist.. will think
Toggle Commented May 10, 2015 on Aphrodisias and Rome: now and then at A Don’s Life
Sorry if there is trouble with comments. So far as I know, they are getting through. I have published all I have had, except those that were just saying "something odd is going on!"
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2015 on What's UKIP offering? at A Don’s Life
Great minds... at the end of my little talk, that was what I raised... how these painting break down the false distinction between ordinary and extrordinary
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2015 on People's portraits at A Don’s Life
i thought they were going to put it online. maybe it never happened
Thank you! And thank you for nudging me for an update!
no isnt that sad