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Fighting the good fight: Will Human Science be saved?

  • Posted on: 22 March 2015
  • By: benfell

Update, March 23, 2015: Saybrook President Nathan Long has announced his intention to proceed with the "teach-out," meaning that students already in the program will be guaranteed the opportunity to finish the program, but no new students will be admitted. I am in the process of setting up humansci.org (not live yet) as a new home for Human Science that will be independent of Saybrook. It appears that faculty, alumni, and my colleagues will be participating.

Why human science matters

  • Posted on: 20 March 2015
  • By: benfell

With the news yesterday that Saybrook University is folding its Human Science program, I've been doing a bit of scrambling. First, although it was too late, I pointed out how poorly the communication on this had been managed—we suspected Human Science was being dropped by the absence of a suitable spot for it in an organization chart in yet another Saybrook reorganization (I think there's been a reorganization nearly every year I've been there)—and had it confirmed after I sent a rather frantic email to the program director and her number two in a group of equals.

Of nuclear bombs, neoconservatives, and Netanyahu's alarmist speeches

  • Posted on: 24 February 2015
  • By: benfell

I've been watching Commentary as a source of neoconservative views to help round out my picture of neoconservatism, just as I'm keeping an eye on publications from other schools of conservatism. And I've been getting the picture for a while now that neoconservatives place Israel—or more precisely, hardline Israeli politicians such as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu—beyond challenge.

My web sites are mostly down

  • Posted on: 22 February 2015
  • By: benfell

Update #4 (see previous updates at the end of this post), February 22, 2015: All sites are now back up.

Update, February 23, 2015: mail/panda-cclient is an alternative cclient that appears not to produce the segmentation fault. It is a configuration option to mail/php55-imap that I'd completely forgotten about. I do not know if my experience will prompt a change in the default. See the FreeBSD bug report.

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