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The Corporatization of Public Higher Education: The Case of Sonoma State University

The Corporatization of Public Higher Education: The Case of Sonoma State University

  The new Center for Ethics, Law, and Society at Sonoma State University in Northern California has caused quite a stir among our academic community during the first week of classes, as well as from those outside SSU. Its funding and the further corporatization of public higher education have been questioned. The notorious insurance monolith […]

Small Town Sebastopol Sued by Giant CVS Pharmacy- Classic David vs. Goliath Story Continues

Small Town Sebastopol Sued by Giant CVS Pharmacy- Classic David vs. Goliath Story Continues

      On Christmas Eve, when most were at home with family and friends or out-of-town, a summons was served at the Sebastopol City Hall. The giant CVS Pharmacy sued the City and its elected officials. Sebastopol’s recently elected City Council voted unanimously, 5-0, on Dec. 18 to enact a temporary, 45-day moratorium against drive-through […]

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or “Moral Injury”?

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or “Moral Injury”?

“My God, what have we done?” combat soldiers sometimes gasp as they see those they or comrades just killed, especially when they include innocent children, women, and other civilians. “We knew that we killed them/…the terrified mother/ clutching terrified child,” writes former Lieutenant Michael Parmeley in his poem “Meditation on Being a Baby Killer.” In […]

By December 28, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
Veterans Explore “Moral Injury”

Veterans Explore “Moral Injury”

  Our Veterans Writing Group met the morning after Pearl Harbor Day for our regular winter gathering, as we have convened seasonally for twenty years. Two dozen of us came from throughout Northern California to a spacious redwood home in the Sebastopol countryside. “Nobody wins a war. There are victors, but you lose the youth […]

By December 17, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
Free Speech & Leadership at Sonoma State University: Practice What You Teach!

Free Speech & Leadership at Sonoma State University: Practice What You Teach!

    By Shepherd Bliss The creation of the Mario Savio Speakers’ Corner this semester was my favorite event during my five years at Sonoma State University. It was a good example of what is taught in SSU’s Foundations of Leadership course, UNIV. 238, which I taught for three years. The dynamic Savio was a […]

Bloggers for Movember

Bloggers for Movember

A few years back, I was invited to join the Movember Digital Challenge – led by Canadian social media maverick Sean Moffitt, and Movember co-founder Adam Garone –  as the Montreal chapter’s captain. Our mission was simple: to create a buzz and raise awareness/money on the digital networks for the fight against prostate cancer. The […]

By October 19, 2012 4 Comments Read More →
Deadly Women by Davina Odebunmi

Deadly Women by Davina Odebunmi

Could you imagine standing over another human being that you have chosen to stab to death over 77 times or have been able to shoot multiple times? It is quite hard to do so without feeling a tremendous amount of guilt or shame. There are several reasons why such thoughts would stir up such emotions, […]

Gratitude to Trees

Gratitude to Trees

  (Written as a guide to prepare students from two classes—“Place and Identity” and “Conservation Biology”–for a walk into the woods beyond Dominican University of California.)                                         Morning: Listening Trees transform, shield, shade and provide oxygen, fruit, and beauty. They offer many other gifts. Without trees, humans would not survive. Through the magical process of […]

By September 14, 2012 1 Comments Read More →
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