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Barreca invited to join Chronicle of Higher Ed blog

by Karen A. Grava - December 10, 2007

Regina Barreca, professor of English, is one of seven academics around the country who will be writing a new blog for the Chronicle of Higher Education three times a week.

Barreca, an expert on women’s writing and feminist theory and 20th-century British literature, will be writing about culture and humor.

The writers are featured in a column called “Brainstorm, Lives of the Mind” and will appear on the Chronicle’s web site and in its daily news update.

“Blog sounds like an expletive, something muttered under the breath when a jerk steps on your foot in an overcrowded, wet-wool-smelling, Ph.D.-burdened elevator at the MLA,” Barreca wrote in the first installment on Nov. 19.

But her students are excited about it, she wrote.

“Usually, they’re only proud of other undergraduates dressed in blue-and-white uniforms, the ones with a white-dog mascot clapping nearby.

But when the ones hanging around my office heard I’d be part of a blog, they made sounds of approval of the sort that nurses make when a patient begins eating solids.”

Since the first installment, Barreca has written about graduate school, academic jealousy, holiday shopping, and watching Law and Order on television.

“I like to analyze everyday things that happen and write about them,” she says. “Most of what I write will be about my students.”

Barreca is in good company.

The other “Brainstorm Bloggers,” as the Chronicle calls them, are Mark Bauerlein, professor of English at Emory University; Laurie Fedrich, a painter who is director of the Comparative Arts and Culture Graduate Program at Hofstra University; Dan Greenberg, an observer of science policy and politics; Stan Katz, director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School; Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, former president of both the University of Hartford and George Washington University; and Bob Zemsky, chairman of the Learning Alliance at the University of Pennsylvania.

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