The In Common Blog

Reflections on teaching in 2020

This blog post is based on a poll that we sent out a few weeks ago in which we asked our colleagues to describe their experiences teaching during the COVID pandemic. We asked them what worked and what didn’t. Below I’ll describe the results and my reactions to them, based on my own experiences...

In defense of disagreement

I recently attended an in-person, outside and socially distanced of course, meeting with project collaborators.  Although it was fairly clear that the pandemic and six months of living in our own little social bubbles had taken a toll on our social skills, it was really nice to see people...

Meaning is a seven-letter word

In the Groundhog days of the privileged version of quarantine I am experiencing, I have been asking myself about what matters. I have been asking myself, what is the point of some of the writing I am doing? I have been pretty vocally critical for a long time of aspects of academia that feel self...