Archive for November 2013

Photo by Alyson Hurt
Photo by Alyson Hurt

From the Committee

Facing the Data: Introduction

Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo and Richard T. Rodríguez

Our introduction’s title, “Facing the Data,” signals the twofold aim of this special section of Profession: to assess the statistics documenting people of color in humanities doctoral programs, given in the MLA report Data on Humanities Doctorate Recipients and Faculty Members by Race and Ethnicity, and to bring into focus the faces of those composing the report’s data. . . .

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Photo by Leo Reynolds

From the Committee

Insisting on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender: Reflections of a Latina Scholar (Who Is Also a Professor of Spanish)

Frances R. Aparicio

In her recent On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life, Sara Ahmed concludes her reflections on dealing with the challenges of creating diversity in European universities with the image of a brick wall as a metaphor for institutional inertia. . . .

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Photo by Chris Potter

From the Committee

Double-Crossed (or Stabbed Twice), Again and Again (and Again): Reflections on Our Data-Driven Academic Economy

Robert Warrior

As an academic-unit administrator in a high-quality, public institution of higher education in this era of dwindling resources, I have come to a sort of peace with the way deans, provosts, chancellors, and their minions (of which, I guess, I am one) make data-driven decisions. . . .

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Photo by Heather a.k.a. Molly

From the Committee

“The Field and Function” of the Historically Black College and University Today: Preparing African American Undergraduate Students for Doctoral Study in the Humanities

Dana A. Williams

When W. E. B. Du Bois wrote “The Field and Function of the Negro College” in 1933, the “Negro” college, still in its youth, grappled mightily with its ability to introduce unique curricular approaches to enhance higher education in America and to help the country meet its potential as a democracy. . . .

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Photo by Sami

From the Committee

Conclusion: Numbers and Passion

Doug Steward

Half a century ago—at a forum on nationalism, colonialism, and United States foreign policy—James Baldwin cautioned, “We are misled here, because we think of numbers. . . .
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