I have a new essay on David Perry’s blog, How Did We Get into This Mess?, called “What Is Education For? – To Kill a Mockingbird and Medieval Literature.” It’s about Biloxi School District’s decision last month to ban (then partially unban) To Kill a Mockingbird.
I have an essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the symbiotic but asymmetrical relationship between knowledge and institutions.
I have a guest blog post at Fair Field out today, on the challenges of higher education as a social and ethical project, in the fourteenth century and today. It’s called “What’s the point of learning? Piers Plowman and education today.”
The International Piers Plowman Society is circulating a petition expressing support for Dorothy Kim, who became the target of racially inflammatory blog posts by Rachel Fulton Brown and Milo Yiannopoulos this week. The petition is a collective statement of solidarity with Dorothy Kim, with medievalists who are people of color, and with untenured scholars.
All medievalists and friends of medieval studies are welcome to sign.