Opining on Fisk

October 4, 2007

I’m in today’s Tennessean with an op-ed piece on Fisk University and its sad efforts to sell the Steiglitz Collection of art to an opportunistic Wal-Mart heiress. The piece makes the point, expressed here earlier, that Fisk should get out of the business of being a college, sell the art for $100 million or so, and use the proceeds to support the work of up and coming African-Americans in a wide variety of fields.

When I began teaching at Harvard in 1979, female students were still admitted in name only to Radcliffe, although none of the ones in my classes in any way thought of themselves as “Cliffies.” During the time I was there, Radcliffe grew into the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and, last year, its president  became the first female president of Harvard.


Roadtripping David Byrne on Dolly Parton and Elvis

October 4, 2007

Jack Neely, writing in Metro Pulse, points readers to a blog entry by David Byrne, written after a drive with his daughter, Malu, across Tennessee.

Byrne, the former front man for the Talking Heads, took his daughter to Dollywood and has some interesting comments on Dolly:

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