There’s just too much good news out there to report on this week! So just lay down and relax. You might feel a little pinch at first, so just take an extra-big swallow of that mason jar-sized Pisco Sour, and it will be all over before you wake up! Just tell yourself that the nurse on the right is holding a swizzle stick.
- Senator Hillary Clinton will not only be a featured speaker at the Democratic National Convention, her name will be put in nomination so that her delegates can vote for her (h/t TalkLeft). Senator Barack Obama said, “I am convinced that honoring Senator Clinton’s historic campaign in this way will help us celebrate this defining moment in our history and bring the party together in a strong united fashion.” Right on, Senator. Imagine, if you will, how it would have looked for the most successful second-place presidential primary finisher in recent Democratic Party history not to be on the first ballot, when every other also-ran and his delegates had the privilege of voting for him at least on the first round? Not good. This is how the game is played, boys: with malice toward none, and with charity to all. It’s Barack Obama’s party now, and it makes him look more confident and in command when he embraces his former opponents and can recognize their achievements appropriately.
- Here’s an article at Inside Higher Ed by a dean who is both thoughtful and savvy. While there will be malcontents everywhere no matter what you do, I think fewer faculty would immediately assume bad faith on the part of an administrator who had entertained them in his own home and served them food he cooked himself. As he writes, “[d]irect eye-contact, open mouths and exposed teeth also have defined a few faculty meetings over the course of my career. What better way to convey shared governance than by sharing food with the director serving colleagues a lunch that he prepared?” (See the recipies he includes at the end of the article!)
- Also via Inside Higher Ed, a federal judge has ruled that the University of California gets to set its own admissions standards. Here’s why: “In a history course the university rejected, the text instructed students that “divine providence” is the source of all of history and that historical figures needed to be evaluated based on their “religious motivations,” in contrast to university expectations of the range of analyses high school students should learn. A science course was rejected for using textbooks that characterized religious doctrine as science and for failing to teach the scientific method.” While I understand the frustration of the Calvary Chapel Christian School, which initiated the lawsuit, and its allies at the Association of Christian Schools International, I don’t understand why they’d even permit their students to apply to godless, heathen institutions like the University of California anyway. Who needs their secular humanist indoctrination? But seriously folks, as one commenter sympathetic to UC said, “[t]his is about quality and comparability and making sure students aren’t set up for failure.”
- Oh, and the nurse instead of the usual cowgirl to illustrate our roundup today? Historiann.com friend and commenter Fratguy is having surgery tomorrow, so this pinup nurse is for him. Feel better soon, Fratguy!
- Et vous, mes amis? What good news do you have to share with the old gang at historiann.com as we glide gracefully into the last weeks of summer? Did you win an award? Did you get a book contract? Did you read a good book? Did you have a great vacation? Share it!