What are you reading, watching, thinking about this week? As usual, hereâ€™s a few which have been on our mind. Let us know your thoughts on any/all of them. If you have items youâ€™d like us to consider for the top five, add them in the comments or send them to Tom or Mike.
1.Â What is conversation like in your department? Do you have ‘unruly’ colleagues and not know how to respond (or wonder what to suggest when you have the opportunity), then check out To Rein In Unruly Faculty Members, Chairs Suggest a Department ‘Covenant’ (Sophia Li. Chronicle of Higher Education. 6/30/2010.) and the Sample Code of Conduct (From Department of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies: Beliefs at Washington State University).Â Comment from Tom:Â Also, don’t forget to prayerfully seek to live Christ-like lives which overflow with the fruit of the Spirit, courage/boldness of Daniel and friends (who are an amazing example of salt and light), and humility (Note: In this context, Matthew 7:1-5 first came to mind).
2.Â Review of Harvard Scholar’s Arrest Cites Failure to Communicate (Kelly Truong. Chronicle of Higher Education. 6/30/2010.) brings to mind the public image of the interaction between African Americans (not to mention cutting edge African American academics such as Henry Louis Gates Jr., a professor of Black Studies at Harvard University) and white policemen?Â What does it mean to have our ideas heard through words and actions?Â How do those with power in different contexts address fear and cross cultures/cultural understandings when interacting in the gritty moments of real life?Â Who in the end had more power … the one who knows the President of the United States?
In many instances, the new report reads like a therapy manual, calling the case a “textbook example” of a police officer and community member failing to cooperate “toward the common goal of a positive encounter.” The review committee suggests that the event escalated when the two men, who both later said they were afraid at the time, were unable to articulate their positions. — Kelly Truong. Review of Harvard Scholar’s Arrest Cites Failure to Communicate. Chronicle of Higher Education. 6/30/2010.