I am now accepting bets that some time next year I will have an academic integrity case in which the student attempts to defend his/her handing in of the same paper to two courses with this columnist in which the New York Times ethicist says that it's okay. I'm a little surprised that he didn't check that there wasn't a set of ethics that govern practices in a specific profession.
Can I Use the Same Paper for Multiple College Courses?
Enough people called the ethicist on it that the NYT ombudsman got involved. I don't buy the ethicist's explanation that he stands by his response because it's not his job to advocate adherence to policy; he completely ignores the fact that there is an ethical principle that underlies all those policies.
Who Does the Ethicist Think He Is?
This column appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Ed. to all the predictable clucking about how horrible it is that someone should be teaching who doesn't love to teach. I don't really want to weigh in on the issue itself except to say that I think that the distinction between loving doing something and caring about doing it well could be really useful to people who are just finding their sea legs in the teaching part of the profession.
I Don't Like Teaching.
A colleague I've gotten to know via Twitter has started a Tumblr with lots of interesting marginalia and other illustrations from medieval manuscripts. It's well worth a look if you're into that sort of thing.
Two Kickstarters are raising money for the conservation of the manuscripts in Timbuktu:
Timbuktu Libraries in Exile
Two new Near/Middle East collections being hosted by Cornell (one tangibly, one virtually):
Glazer Collection of Zunz Materials
Waguih Ghali's Unpublished Papers