Grading 300 papers (ok, not that many, but seems like it) and moving 30 years worth of stuff out of a house (only to move back it in later this year after some renovations bankrupt me) will be occupying my attention for another week or so -- so I'm going to declare a blog "stay-cation" and we'll be right back with you with more blogging fun and games hopefully in a week or less. Perhaps in the meantime a few of our contributors here could put up some of their latest thoughts -- hint hint!
In the meantime, three little announcements and congratulations. First, congratulations to friend-of-the-blog Amy Koehlinger, the wonderful religious historian lately of Florida State, who will be loading up the truck and moving to Oregon State University in the fall -- we wish her all the best. Next, blog contributor Matt Sutton will be self-deporting just next year to Ireland on a Fulbright, so congratulations to Matt! Then, on a more permanent basis, my co-blogmeister Randall Stephens will be "self-deporting" to England starting next school year, to take a position as a Reader in History at Northumbria University! He will be making some heavy sacrifices to do so, being forced to take more salary for about half as much of a teaching load, and, even worse, being dragooned into taking a sabbatical next fall during his first semester there. Somehow, I think he'll be able to put up with all that to join a department that includes some stellar younger scholars in American history. Here's the announcement, in Randall's own words:
Hello friends, colleagues, family, facebookers: Just a note to let you know that I've accepted a position as a Reader in American Studies and History at Northumrbia University, Newcastle, UK. Really excited about this new job and all it promises. For those who don't know what a "Reader" is, here's a bit on that: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reader_%28academic_rank%29
Congratulations to Matt and Randall! Back with you soon, as soon as I answer all those urgent messages from students who have discovered that a D on your senior thesis project really messes with your graduation party plans.