Ariella AzoulayQualifying times—for example, as “vulnerable times”—implies, among other things, an effort to demarcate an era, our era, from a previous one, but also to call our attention to the era’s duration. . . .
Judith ButlerThinking about vulnerability and thinking about it together on this occasion are both notoriously difficult things to do. Is our thinking about vulnerability together a merely contingent fact, or is there something about vulnerability that becomes understandable only when we understand it as social relation? . . .
David L. EngMy remarks on vulnerable times are drawn from my forthcoming book, “Reparations and the Human,” which explores the politics of reparations, the human, and human rights in the context of Cold War Asia. . . .
Rob NixonI want to approach the question of vulnerability from the perspective of two of the greatest crises of our time: the environmental crisis and the inequality crisis. . . .
Gerald Graff“Public education is not broken,” says Diane Ravitch in her new book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. “The diagnosis” of the corporate reformers “is wrong,” Ravitch writes, and their solutions are also wrong. . . .
From the Editor
Rosemary G. FealIt gives me great pleasure to present the 2013 issue of Profession in this electronic format. While some members will miss having a print copy of the journal, others will be glad to access the essays on their mobile devices for reading on the go. The decision to forgo paper reflects not only a concern for the environment but also a new vision for the journal. . . .
Julia M. WrightThere has been a lot of discussion in recent years about the pressures reshaping universities: the emergence of the corporate university, the increase in upper-level administrative appointments, the sharp shift toward sessional labor and the concomitant loss of tenure lines, the relentless raising of tuition fees as class sizes creep up as well (or expand exponentially in MOOCs), and myriad other responses . . .
The New Mission and Location of United States Spanish Departments: The Mount Holyoke College Experience
Rogelio MiñanaThe Spanish department at Mount Holyoke College has in the last six years profoundly transformed itself. It merged with the college’s Latina/o and Latin American studies programs to form a new academic unit possibly unique in the United States, while it thoroughly reconfigured its major. . . .
Stephanie L. Kerschbaum and OthersIn January 2012 the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) issued a report titled Accommodating Faculty Members Who Have Disabilities, and in January 2013 the presidential theme of the MLA convention was Avenues of Access, calling attention to disability and access, broadly conceived, in higher education. . . .
Joseph R. UrgoThe amount of education required to prepare a human being for meaningful, effective interaction with the information infrastructure that undergirds the contemporary social order has increased exponentially in the last seventy-five years. . . .
From the Committee