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rhetorical questions & the thinkable life

Salman Rushdie is credited with having observed: "One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable." Rhetoric, as an intellectual pursuit, explores the power and force of communication, in all the many shapes and colors it comes in. For me, rhetorical questions lie on the boundary between the unthinkable and the thinkable: the space where culture and communication and the practical and the aesthetic mix in messy glory.

Setting the stage for active learning: The “why to” and “how to” of an interactive syllabus

By Melanie McNaughton | Aug 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

  I came across a blog post the other day with a pretty piece of typography touting: Great teachers don’t teach content, they teach people. Perhaps I was  having a tough day with the school year looming like the sword of Damocles, but I couldn’t help rolling my eyes. It’s a lovely sentiment, but how …

GAP’s answer to women’s stalled academic careers: Get cute

By Melanie McNaughton | Jun 12, 2017 | 0 Comments
clothes laid out on a floor

A couple of weeks ago a promotional email advertising GAP professional wear for women crossed my path. The ad brought to mind fake reviews for an infamous PhD Costume on Amazon. In my favorite ‘review’ for the sexxxy PhD costume the author writes: “Like all lady Ph.Ds, I frequently ask myself: ‘How could I be …


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