Author Archives: mkevane

About mkevane

Economist at Santa Clara University and Director of Friends of African Village Libraries.

When Loyola University A&S faculty tried to unionize, religious-ness became an issue…

The university administration argued for an exemption on grounds that university had a religious mission. NLRB board at the time rejected claim but apparently unexpectedly decided to exclude faculty in theology from the bargaining unit. Apparently the dissenter was a … Continue reading

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Recent news on faculty unionization efforts

A good proportion of non-tenure track faculty at Santa Clara University are trying to organize a unionization vote, with considerable resistance from the university. Last week at the Faculty Senate Council,. university counsel Bridget Colbert and Senior Associate Provost for … Continue reading

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Just one quick thought on The OA

People who knew me back in 2010ish era knew that I liked Lost a lot until the last season. The opening scene with Desmond remains an all-time favorite piece of cinema. I mentioned back then several times: the only way … Continue reading

Posted in Book and film reviews

Recent reading: Pnin, Ancillary Mercy, The Other Wind, The Right and the Power

I use this blog partly to recall books and papers I have read, but lately I have not been taking the time, so now I have to play catch-up.  Here are three books I finished in last few weeks. Pnin, … Continue reading

Posted in Book and film reviews

Treemendous performance of El Siquisiri

Ay, que sí, que sí y que no Y el son jarocho bailamos Ay, que sí, que sí y que no Es decente en su nobleza Ahora sí, mañana no

Posted in Music

Want to understand the reparations issue? Nobody better than Prof. Sandy Darity to patiently and clearly explain

Cannot embed directly into WordPress, so here is the link: https://www.c-span.org/video/standalone/?458905-4/washington-journal-william-darity-discusses-reparations-campaign-2020

Posted in United States

Teaching… and research… that is what a university is.

Just saying, and regardless of controversy, this is what I look for in a university president: when she needs to make a pithy statement about her university, learning and research are the things she mentions. Athletics is not mentioned. Buildings … Continue reading

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