Published on September 17th, 2012 | by Kevin7
Episode #2: On Tenterhooks, On the Tenure Track
“So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
–Edward Abbey, “Joy, Shipmates, Joy!”
Flexing Our Podcasting Muscles
It’s week two for us at 3620 and we’re so excited to bring you this episode, a meditation on the tenure process and, therefore, on the academic life. We speak with Prof. Steve Anderson of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, who tells the story of his tenure review, which just ended this past spring.
If the episode makes you a bit sad, we apologize. But in the end, this is not a sad story at all. It’s about learning how to make the most of the industry we’re in. And that means recognizing the pitfalls, but also claiming and celebrating the creative potential of the academy.
This is the first time we’re really flexing our new podcast muscles and we’re delighted to hear from you. Please send us feedback!
“Fineshrine” by Purity Ring (0:00)
“Window” by the Album Leaf (6:23 & 14:05)
Check out Steve Anderson’s project, Get Tenure Not Cancer.