We all know that successful completion of graduate school does not guarantee a job with a living wage. Today, more than 50% of faculty appointments are part time and over 70% are NON-tenured positions. It is increasingly difficult for many to make a living as a higher ed instructor. These scholars and educators are faced with difficult choices. Some leave academia all together. Others find a creative ways to make a living while they continue to do the things they love.
The Indie Scholar podcast is a show that will feature independent scholars. These are folks who have earned graduate degrees, but have chosen (or have been forced to choose) non-traditional academic paths. They might be part-time faculty, non-profit managers, teachers, activists, journalist, government workers, or entrepreneurs. However, they continue to educate the world and produce knowledge in some way.
The Indie Scholar Podcast is actively seeking guests for 2017. If you know someone who you thinks should be featured on this show, nominate them by sending an email to show host Dave Krueger at: davidkrueger01 at gmail.com. Include a paragraph or two about them and why you think they should be on the show. Self-nominations are strongly encouraged! Lastly, this is not a show about people who have necessarily “made it.” It is meant to highlight the experiences of a wide variety persons at various stages of professional and vocational life.
The Indie Scholar Podcast is a show for and about scholars working at the edges of academia. Click here to connect to Marginalia Review of Books and listen to a sample of the forthcoming show.
The song “Waiting Room” by Fugazi is used with permission. To purchase the album 13 Songs originally released in 1989, visit their page at Dischord Records. Fugazi is a band known for its DIY (Do-It-Yourself) ethos and resistance to the corporate music industry.
Click on the link below to read my latest article at Religion Dispatches.
“From Blood Eagle to Blood Libel to “Wilding,” myths of the violent Other have underwritten violence across centuries.”
Source: History Channel’s “Vikings” Subverts and Supports the Violent Heathen Trope
Last Monday, I was saddened to read in the Philadelphia Inquirer that a severed pig’s head was found outside of Al-Aqsa mosque in North Philly. It is a mosque I know pretty well. As I have taught my “Religion in Philadelphia” and “World Religions” courses over the years, Al-Aqsa has been a regular field trip site to familiarize my students with the practices and beliefs of Islam. Additionally, I have visited the mosque during my participation in the annual Interfaith Peace Walk held each spring. My students and I have always felt very welcome at Al-Aqsa and I wish to offer my support.
Since the mosque desecration last week, a mosque in California was set on fire and Muslims across the country are fearful about the growing tide of Islamophobia. It is now more important than ever for Americans to take a stand against religious bigotry. Religion Dispatches published my article last week titled “Donald Trump, Islamophobia, and the Philadelphia Pig’s Head Incident.” It offers some historical perspective on the incident, which took place in the city founded by William Penn as a haven for religious liberty. It also articulates what I believe is the key to interfaith peace: relationship building. Please share this article and offer your voice of support for victimized minorities here and around the world.