Fail Faster!

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I was brought up by people who viewed failure as something to avoid at all cost. Now here I am urging college students to seek, experience and embrace as much of it as possible. And in the video production classes I teach they get plenty of chances to do just that. From the time they learned to read and write many of these bright youngsters have only known academic success. No, they haven’t aced every…

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The Narrative of the Olympics

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The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics has come to an end. Now, what am I to do with my newly found expertise on extreme snowboarding? I very much appreciate the athleticism of the Olympic participants. It is mind-boggling to consider the hours, days, and years the athletes have dedicated to sharpening their talents on the slopes or on the ice. But what I really love about the games is hearing the stories of courage, perseverance, dedication,…

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Words and Prose in Contemporary Art

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I divide myself between multiple hobbies and critical interests; however, one of my greatest loves is undoubtedly literature, which is a large part of why I’m an English major. But some of my other artistic interests offer challenging competition to prose, namely movies and television, graphic novels and comic books, and an even younger neophyte, interactive media (you know, videogames) (Yes, they’re art. Get over it.) In the rise of these other art forms, literature…

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Humanities at the Hospital: Virtue Saves Lives

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Last spring I got a rare opportunity for an academic.  I got to share my ideas about medical ethics in “the real world” with a group of physicians, nurses, and hospital administrators.  I will confess.  I was intimidated. As a person who spends his life primarily with college students, I don’t interact regularly with medical professionals.  I see their vocation from a distance.  Every fall my course, “Ethical Issues in Health Care,” trots out exactly…

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