Keywords for the Age of Austerity 33: Safety Net

A reader recently suggested the term "safety net," which as they pointed out, is a metaphor that characterizes our working lives as a life-threatening high-wire act. It's appropriate, therefore, that the most popular image search result for "safety net" depicts a construction worker saved at the last minute from certain death. In the absolute best … Continue reading Keywords for the Age of Austerity 33: Safety Net

On the rise of the “Innovation Center,” in the Chronicle of Higher Ed

I have a short piece in the Chronic on the proliferation of "innovation centers," "makerspaces," "hubs," etc. in American universities. My argument, in short, is that academic institutions and the administrators who run them are, generally speaking, not innovative, and that innovation centers function mostly as vanity projects and political missions for wealthy donors. At … Continue reading On the rise of the “Innovation Center,” in the Chronicle of Higher Ed