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Please also note this month’s free ebook from the U of Chicago Press:

Learning in Depth: A Simple Innovation That Can Transform Schooling
KIERAN EGAN
232 pages | 4 tables | ©2011

E-book Free! See below  (about e-books)ISBN: 9780226190457

Cloth $25.00ISBN: 9780226190433 Published April 20113

The broad, general curriculum that is the basis of traditional elementary and secondary school education misses a vital fact about knowledge: that real knowledge of a subject is knowledge in depth. In Learning in Depth Kieran Egan outlines an ambitious yet practical plan to incorporate deep knowledge into basic education.

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Please also note this month’s free ebook from the U of Chicago Press:

Learning in Depth: A Simple Innovation That Can Transform Schooling
KIERAN EGAN
232 pages | 4 tables | ©2011
E-book Free! See below  (about e-books)
ISBN: 9780226190457
Cloth $25.00
ISBN: 9780226190433 Published April 20113

The broad, general curriculum that is the basis of traditional elementary and secondary school education misses a vital fact about knowledge: that real knowledge of a subject is knowledge in depth. In Learning in Depth Kieran Egan outlines an ambitious yet practical plan to incorporate deep knowledge into basic education.

(via Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls (9781609381981): Katherine Larsen and Lynn S. Zubernis - BiblioVault)
I’m not a Supernatural fan, but behold the total intersection of academia and fandom, when two professors go headlong into it.
ABOUT THIS BOOK

Once upon a time not long ago, two responsible college professors, Lynn the psychologist and Kathy the literary scholar, fell in love with the television show Supernatural and turned their oh-so-practical lives upside down. Plunging headlong into the hidden realms of fandom, they scoured the Internet for pictures of stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki and secretly penned racy fan fiction. And then they hit the road—crisscrossing the country, racking up frequent flyer miles with alarming ease, standing in convention lines at 4 A.M. …(click through for the full spiel)

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Lynn S. Zubernis is associate professor of counselor education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She is also area chair for stardom and fandom for the Southwest Popular Culture Association. Katherine Larsen teaches at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and is the area chair for fan theory and culture for the Popular Culture Association. Larsen and Zubernis are principal and associate editors of the Journal of Fandom Studies. Together, they have authored Fandom at the Crossroads: Celebration, Shame, and Fan/Producer Relationships and edited Fan Culture: Theory/Practice and Fan Phenomena: “Supernatural.” They aren’t telling the names under which they write fan fiction.

(via Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls (9781609381981): Katherine Larsen and Lynn S. Zubernis - BiblioVault)

I’m not a Supernatural fan, but behold the total intersection of academia and fandom, when two professors go headlong into it.

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Once upon a time not long ago, two responsible college professors, Lynn the psychologist and Kathy the literary scholar, fell in love with the television show Supernatural and turned their oh-so-practical lives upside down. Plunging headlong into the hidden realms of fandom, they scoured the Internet for pictures of stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki and secretly penned racy fan fiction. And then they hit the road—crisscrossing the country, racking up frequent flyer miles with alarming ease, standing in convention lines at 4 A.M. …(click through for the full spiel)

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Lynn S. Zubernis is associate professor of counselor education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She is also area chair for stardom and fandom for the Southwest Popular Culture Association. Katherine Larsen teaches at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and is the area chair for fan theory and culture for the Popular Culture Association. Larsen and Zubernis are principal and associate editors of the Journal of Fandom Studies. Together, they have authored Fandom at the Crossroads: Celebration, Shame, and Fan/Producer Relationships and edited Fan Culture: Theory/Practice and Fan Phenomena: “Supernatural.” They aren’t telling the names under which they write fan fiction.
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This month’s free ebook from the University of Chicago Press is something I think my Tumblr crew might like. (You should check them out every month anyway.)
Crossing: A Memoir
Deirdre N. McCloskey

McCloskey is a well-regarded economist from the University of Chicago who began her academic career as a male-identifying person. This is her particular story of crossing.

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This month’s free ebook from the University of Chicago Press is something I think my Tumblr crew might like. (You should check them out every month anyway.)

Crossing: A Memoir
Deirdre N. McCloskey
McCloskey is a well-regarded economist from the University of Chicago who began her academic career as a male-identifying person. This is her particular story of crossing.

Hate to do this, but we’re in a bit of a bind…

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The Codex Argenteus – the Silver Bible in Uppsala University Library is the most comprehensive still existing text in the Gothic language.
View the manuscript
It contains what is left of a deluxe book of the four Gospels, an evangeliarium, written in the early 6th century in Northern Italy, probably in Ravenna, and probably for the Ostrogothic King Theoderic the Great. The text is part of Wulfila’s translation of the Bible from Greek into Gothic, made in the 4th century.
The Codex Argenteus is written in silver- and gold-ink on very thin purple parchment of extremely high quality. For a long time it was alleged that the parchment was made from the skin of new-born or even unborn calves, but modern research shows that it was more likely made from the skin of kids. The purple colour does not come from the purple snail but from vegetable dyes. The silver text is predominant, which explains why the book is called “the Silver Book”, or the Codex Argenteus. Originally, it probably had a deluxe binding, decorated with pearls and jewels. The writing surface on the leaves of the manuscript has been filled according to the principle of the Golden Section, i.e. the height is related to the width as the sum of the height and width is related to the height. The four arches at the bottom of each page are canon tables, one for each evangelist. They contain a system of cross references to passages of the gospels.

Read more.

(via Codex Argenteus Online - Uppsala universitetsbibliotek)

The Codex Argenteus – the Silver Bible in Uppsala University Library is the most comprehensive still existing text in the Gothic language.

View the manuscript

It contains what is left of a deluxe book of the four Gospels, an evangeliarium, written in the early 6th century in Northern Italy, probably in Ravenna, and probably for the Ostrogothic King Theoderic the Great. The text is part of Wulfila’s translation of the Bible from Greek into Gothic, made in the 4th century.

The Codex Argenteus is written in silver- and gold-ink on very thin purple parchment of extremely high quality. For a long time it was alleged that the parchment was made from the skin of new-born or even unborn calves, but modern research shows that it was more likely made from the skin of kids. The purple colour does not come from the purple snail but from vegetable dyes. The silver text is predominant, which explains why the book is called “the Silver Book”, or the Codex Argenteus. Originally, it probably had a deluxe binding, decorated with pearls and jewels. The writing surface on the leaves of the manuscript has been filled according to the principle of the Golden Section, i.e. the height is related to the width as the sum of the height and width is related to the height. The four arches at the bottom of each page are canon tables, one for each evangelist. They contain a system of cross references to passages of the gospels.

Read more.

Students are oversaturated with fragmented academic information, not underexposed to content. They are underexposed to the passion of knowing themselves and their society. They are starved for meaningful contexts, for intellectual and emotional pleasure in the life of the mind, for holistic learning that feeds their understanding. Schooling teaches many students that education is a pointless ritual wrapped in meaningless words.

—Ira Shor, _Empowering_Education_ (U Chicago P, 1992), 83.

This book has been a great read so far, and I’m only three chapters in. I’ll probably post about the previous book I read, _Distinguishing_Disability_, at some point too.