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What to Do with Reviewer Comments pt 1

What to Do with Reviewer Comments, Part 1

May 16, 2017 Blog

In this two-part series, we’ll talk you through how to approach revisions on your academic book or journal article (part 1) as well as how to decide which reviewer suggestions to follow (part 2). Think of this first post as the big-picture strategy and the next one as helping you implement that strategy for the specific, detailed feedback you receive from reviewers.

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Sunaina Marr Maira on The 9/11 Generation

May 15, 2017 Blog

Come join Ideas on Fire for an Author Meets Critics sessions at the 2017 Cultural Studies Association conference, featuring Sunaina Marr Maira discussing her book The 9/11 Generation: Youth, Rights, & Solidarity in the War on Terror.

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Rebekah Sheldon on The Child to Come

May 12, 2017 Blog

Come join Ideas on Fire for an Author Meets Critics sessions at the 2017 Cultural Studies Association conference, featuring Rebekah Sheldon discussing her book The Child to Come: Life After the Human Catastrophe.

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Weekend Reading: On Silences

May 11, 2017 Blog

Weekend reads on academia's silences—what remains unsaid, the open secrets, and the problematically taboo—and how we can better address reproductive labor, mental health, and true intersectionality.

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10 Self-Care Practices for the End of the Semester

May 9, 2017 Blog

The end of the semester is one of the busiest times on campus. Students are stressed about finals, faculty are buried in papers to grade, and administrators are finalizing plans for graduation and closing out the fiscal year. At this hectic time, a little strategic self-care can go a long way.

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Tressie McMillan Cottom on Lower Ed

May 8, 2017 Blog

Come join Ideas on Fire for an Author Meets Critics sessions at the 2017 Cultural Studies Association conference, featuring Tressie McMillan Cottom discussing her book Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy.

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Minh-Ha T. Pham on Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet

May 6, 2017 Blog

Come join Ideas on Fire for an Author Meets Critics sessions at the 2017 Cultural Studies Association conference, featuring Minh-Ha T. Pham discussing her book Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging.

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Workshop for Cultural Studies Job Seekers

May 5, 2017 Blog

In this hands-on workshop, participants will hear from academic as well as non-academic employers and learn strategies for navigating their job searches. Ideas on Fire will share how cultural studies scholars can build diverse, exciting careers beyond the academy and best match their skillset to careers in various industries.

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Podcasting & Public Intellectualism (the workshop)

May 5, 2017 Blog

Learn how grad students, staff, and faculty can use podcasts for public intellectual work; the process of producing your own podcast; how teachers use podcasts in the classroom as teaching materials; and the cultural politics of podcasting as independent media.

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Weekend Reading: Uneven Emotional Labor

May 4, 2017 Blog

Weekend reads about the emotional labor that academia demands, labor that disproportionately falls to people of color, women, queer and trans folks, and people with disabilities navigating academic spaces.

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Managing Grading Without Getting Overwhelmed

May 2, 2017 Blog

Grading is one of the most challenging, thankless, and important parts of teaching. If the prospect of wading through a pile of papers exams feels more than a little daunting, we’ve got some helpful suggestions for staying on top of grading without getting overwhelmed.

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Weekend Reading: Hidden Labor in Academia

April 27, 2017 Blog

Our weekend reading excavates the hidden labor—largely of women, LGBTQIA people, people of color, and other marginalized groups—that sustain the very spaces up for public debate. It also examines strategies for surviving the inevitably politicized space of academia.

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IoF Team Favorites: Most Inspiring Class

April 25, 2017 Blog

Feminist theory, Toni Morrison, utopias/dystopias, and more: The Ideas on Fire team shares the classes that have most inspired us. These are the courses that opened our eyes to something we'd never seen before or defined our trajectory in new ways. You never know when (or where) inspiration might strike...

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Public Speaking for Non-Performers

April 24, 2017 Blog

Sharing your work in diverse public venues is a key part of being an engaged, relevant scholar today. Come learn strategies for rocking your teaching, conference, and public presentations from someone who has put his performance background to work in academia: Terry K. Park.

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Weekend Reading: Achieving a Thriving Justice Ecosystem

April 20, 2017 Blog

What kinds of work do we recognize and value in academia, and what kinds do we ignore? This weekend’s reading addresses the emotional labor of the classroom, how introverted teachers risk burnout, and shifting the conversation from achieving diversity to achieving a thriving justice ecosystem.

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Setting Healthy Boundaries

Setting Healthy Boundaries in Academia

April 18, 2017 Blog

Setting boundaries is often noted as the first steps toward achieving work-life balance. But what constitute boundaries in the realm of academia, in grad school, in professional life writ large? And perhaps most importantly, how can you set and maintain healthy boundaries?

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Signal Boosting Miniseries: Coming May 2017

April 17, 2017 Blog, Podcast

Announcing Signal Boosting, a podcast miniseries collaboration between the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Ideas on Fire, and the Association for Asian American Studies! Each week during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we’re highlighting an emerging scholar who is building new audiences for the field of Asian American studies.

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Weekend Reading: Refusals

April 13, 2017 Blog

Refusal—to offer your time and labor, to accept superficial diversity efforts, or to hide work behind a paywall—should be recognized as both a necessity and a right. Weekend reads on parenting in academia, the myth of flexibility, setting boundaries, and diversity in higher education.

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Writing Letters of Recommendation

Writing Letters of Recommendation for Students

April 11, 2017 Blog

If you’re an instructor at any level (even while you’re in grad school) you’ll be asked to write a recommendation letter for a student. If you’re new to the practice, not sure how to approach it, or unsure about whether you can honestly endorse the student, where do you begin?

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Weekend Reading: What Comes After We Get the Job?

April 6, 2017 Blog

Our weekend reading this week has us considering not just the challenges of landing an academic job, but also the challenges that come after, as early-career faculty navigate the complicated landscape of higher education.

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