CREATIVITY INTERVIEW SERIES: Erika Strandjord

The next post in my creativity blog series — in which I interview particularly creative folks who impress me, and should probably impress you — features Erika Strandjord. Erika has a PhD in rhetoric, so she can analyze pretty much anything and everything. Plus, she has funky glasses and hearts rosemaling. Read on to learn about weasel memes and knitted Christmas owls, among other pleasing, unpredictable professor pastimes

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BTS Center: Church for the Like-Minded Only? Won’t Get My Vote.

I have a post up today on the new Bearings blog of the new BTS Center. Teaser below, but head to the Bearings blog for the full post. Several times this fall, my local university has announced which of the university’s colors fans should wear to the Saturday football game. Remarkably, the word gets out […]

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CREATIVITY INTERVIEW SERIES: Adam Walker Cleaveland

Recently, I’ve been thinking hard about creativity. So, I figured, why think alone? I’m happy to present a blog interview series with some particularly creative, reflective folks. First up: Adam Walker Cleaveland…What helps you stay creative? What practices do you find lead to maximum creativity?

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Working too much for the earth’s own good

What do a sociologist who wins prizes from economists, a Trappist monk, a former Princeton University school of public affairs Dean, and a best-selling cookbook author have in common? Their work all concerns the dangerous, unsustainable, even violent nature of busyness and overwork.

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5 Stodgy, Ridiculous, Unrealistic Ways to Fix College

These ideas are “stodgy” because in many ways I see them as going back to practices of the past. Like, #1: no college credit for high school courses…

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Designing a new course, “Word to the Wise,” Want to help?

Next semester, I’m planning to teach “Word to the Wise: Writing for Religious and Social Change.” I’m posting my thoughts on the course design thus far with the hope that you, dear Internets, will suggest tweaks, correct horrendous ideas, and/or send me more boxes of books to read.

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In Praise of the Archbishop of Doubt

In a click-obsessed world it’s not surprising that the archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, drew some gasping headlines last week. But for me, the truly noteworthy story would have occurred if Welby responded, “No, never have I ever doubted.

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Dreaming of an Artists’ Pub (in Fargo)

Reflections on my search (in vain) for a true artists’ pub in Fargo.

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Choosing What’s Best for College

As college begins, student faces hundreds of new choices. But what if we opened ourselves to the uncomfortable notion that you don’t always have to choose. Life’s moments have a funny way of choosing you.

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