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In each year of my PhD, I have applied for all the summer teaching assistant (TA) positions offered in the Department of Political Science (and, after second year, in the School of the Environment too). I never heard anything back as the result of my applications, including for frequently-advertised ’emergency’ positions and jobs in statistics […]

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May 18, 2016

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Having finally finished grading the second set of late essay assignments, I am now calculating the participation grades for my tutorials in the fall and winter term. The profile of attendance across time isn’t as flat as one might like, but doesn’t look too dismal: On Wednesday, I am invigilating the final exam, which we […]

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My friend Rosie organized a Massey expedition to the former-brickworks-turned-community-space in the Don Valley. It was a nice break from grading (and hourly email complaints for students demanding essay and participation grades). I’m still recuperating a bit from the divestment setback, along with a string of other recent minor misfortunes, so getting out into Toronto’s […]

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I had a photo gig from 12:00pm to 2:00pm on Monday, followed by post-processing and uploading. I then had a fossil fuel divestment meeting that ran officially from 7:00pm to 9:30 or so, but which flowed into an animated and informative discussion that continued until 11:30pm. I am meeting with a divestment sub-group to talk […]

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I got my 16 GB iPhone 4 back in February 2011 and it has mostly worked well. Now, much like my 160 GB iPod Classic, the battery life is badly depleted. I am lucky if it lasts through a 30 minute phone call, or more than an hour or so of poking around with email […]

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The Community Response to the Report of the fossil fuel divestment committee at U of T has been submitted. Tomorrow, I am on a panel on divestment and am teaching an SLR photography lesson. Going forward, my main task is now my PhD proposal and the associated protocol for the research ethics board.

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We are in the late stages of compiling the Community Response to the divestment committee report at U of T. There is still a lot to do, we’ve committed to having it done on Thursday at 4:30pm, and I have many other tasks and meetings in the interim. Tomorrow, I am teaching tutorials on income […]

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I have come across a lot of exciting material for my PhD project in the last few weeks. Documents like the papal encyclical Laudato Si raise interesting questions about the connections between the faith community’s involvement in the effort against climate change, anti-capitalism, and the moral contemplation of the environment. For instance, there are interesting […]

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