Battling the Cell Phone Menace in Class for a Decade Now

Facebook's wayback machine ("On this Day" app) reminded me this morning that I have been battling students using their cell phones in class for a long time now. I know some professors don't care if students use their phones in class. Fine by me; their class, their rules. And some are just unaware. Many Wake … Continue reading Battling the Cell Phone Menace in Class for a Decade Now

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Reason Requires That You Accept You May Be Wrong

Wake Forest University's Commencement ceremony was particularly special this year because my oldest son graduated (with a B.S. in Finance, Summa Cum Laude, if I may brag on him just a bit). It is always exciting to be present to the symbolic transition of students from their pasts into their futures. All the more so … Continue reading Reason Requires That You Accept You May Be Wrong

New Course for Fall 2015: The Sociology of Guns

I am excited to be teaching a new course in the fall semester, related to my new research project on American gun culture: Sociology 384: Special Topics Seminar - The Sociology of Guns. Course description follows the flier. COURSE DESCRIPTION Guns often have a spectacular presence in the American imagination, from George Zimmerman to Sandy Hook … Continue reading New Course for Fall 2015: The Sociology of Guns

Read Julie Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members: A Novel

Whether you write letters of recommendation or not – but especially if you write letters of recommendation – read Julie Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members. It is a novel written in the form of letters of recommendation by Jason T. Fitger, Professor of Creative Writing and English at Payne University. Although not a typical narrative, the … Continue reading Read Julie Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members: A Novel

Contemporary Application of Bourdieu’s Distinction in Musical Taste

In his famous book Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste, Pierre Bourdieu reports findings from a French survey of cultural tastes fielded in 1967-68. Of particular note is a figure showing the distribution of preferences for three musical works by class fractions. Bourdieu reports that Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" represents "legitimate taste" and … Continue reading Contemporary Application of Bourdieu’s Distinction in Musical Taste