Archive for the ‘Universities’ Category

Former Poet Laureate of the United States, Bob Hass, writes with his usual understated grace about his beating at the hands of riot police at an Occupy Cal demonstration in Berkeley, California last week. See the link to the New York Times article here.

‘Life, I found myself thinking as a line of Alameda County deputy sheriffs in Darth Vader riot gear formed a cordon in front of me on a recent night on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, is full of strange contingencies. ”

Highly recommended.

(Photo by Steve Rhodes.)

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The President of the University of Arizona, Robert Shelton, read a poem by M. S. Merwin at the memorial service for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others on January 12. To read the poem, and to find out more about W. S. Merwin and his views of how poetry helps us cope with tragedy, see the following link.

Poetry in Times of Tragedy | The University of Arizona Poetry Center.

Dani Shapiro on the Seven Deadly Sins of Writing.

Terry Eagleton on the situation of the university in contemporary society: “What we have witnessed in our own time is the death of universities as centres of critique.” Thoughtful and recommended.

Bob Duggan: Best art books of 2010.