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Posted on May 14 at 10:51 a.m.

How far UCSB has disorganized and distanced itself from the Western Canon with all these bizarre Departments!! I say bring back the Trivium and Quadrivium....I repeat: 'Ain't Nothin' New Under The Sun'...Do you think our Associate Professor's Research (One Day to be published at Duke so they say!....), will be a best seller?

FYI dear reader:

"Satyricon (or Satyrica) is a Latin work of fiction in a mixture of prose and poetry (prosimetrum). It is believed to have been written by Gaius Petronius, though the manuscript tradition identifies the author as a certain Titus Petronius. As with the Metamorphoses of Apuleius, classical scholars often describe it as a "Roman novel", without necessarily implying continuity with the modern literary form.

The surviving portions of the text detail the misadventures of the narrator, Encolpius, and his lover, a handsome sixteen-year-old boy named Giton. Throughout the novel, Encolpius has a hard time keeping his lover faithful to him as he is constantly being enticed away by others. Encolpius's friend Ascyltus (who seems to have previously been in a relationship with Encolpius) is another major character.

It is one of the two most extensive witnesses to the Roman novel, the only other being fully extant Metamorphoses of Apuleius, which is quite different in style and plot. Satyricon is also extremely important evidence for the reconstruction of what everyday life must have been like for the lower classes during the early Roman Empire."

On Speech Is Free, Sometimes

Posted on May 14 at 10:40 a.m.

Young Man...Satyricon is much older than Fellini...Fellini is but a late milepost on Classical Feminist Studies...

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Posted on May 14 at 8:24 a.m.

MrsDoverSharps descriptive device: "The Big Lie" is of course the REAL"Big Lie"...

On the notion that Feminist Studies and Pornography is a great leap forward in progressive scholarship...I remind everyone here that long ago, Professor Frank Frost in the History and Classics scholarship business (and a County Supervisor), used to do a great job with the 'Satyricon'....just sayin...'Ain't nothin' new under the sun'....

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Posted on May 12 at 8:33 p.m.

DrDan...Connecting Harvard's Faust and a Black Mass on campus is a juxtaposition too good to pass up. "The Civil War Soldier and the Art of Dying" is magnificent work so I agree with you about her talents.
On the other hand, I didn't find myself very interested in Associate Prof Miller-Young's published titles...they sound ideological to me although her oral history approach might be interesting...but then her work would be like collecting witnesses...

And no, I agree with you I don't really think anybody imagined Miller-Young as an arbiter of speech and decorum on campus.

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Posted on May 12 at 4:43 p.m.

As we all know: "Freedom isn't Free"...The battle goes on... 'power to the oppressed'--the religious white male patriot.

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Posted on May 11 at 9:15 p.m.

So there's the situation at UCSB. However, everything must be seen and understood in context. Here is what's going on at Harvard:

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Posted on May 11 at 9:02 p.m.

Ok. I can accept this notion that there is no free speech on campus. I've learned my lesson. There is only politically correct speech as defined by the University. Lesson learned. Non-affiliates keep this in mind.

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Posted on May 9 at 10:01 a.m.

"The class of "No technical solution problems" has members. My thesis is that the "population problem," as conventionally conceived, is a member of this class. How it is conventionally conceived needs some comment. It is fair to say that most people who anguish over the population problem are trying to find a way to avoid the evils of overpopulation without relinquishing any of the privileges they now enjoy. They think that farming the seas or developing new strains of wheat will solve the problem--technologically. I try to show here that the solution they seek cannot be found. The population problem cannot be solved in a technical way, any more than can the problem of winning the game of tick-tack-toe".

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Posted on May 8 at 11:31 a.m.

I ask you what has 'free speech and commentary' led to on this long string of comments?

The Cathars called this the 'endura'....

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Posted on May 8 at 6:14 a.m.

Food Justice! There's a concept. Clearly there are too many people. How about more wars? Or people with high consciousness could commit suicide, leaving more on the plate for others.

Garrett Hardin, a former professor at UCSB long ago (R.I.P.) talked and wrote about these ideas. His seminal paper was called the 'Tragedy of the Commons'....I hope his work will be a major theme of this conference.

And not too much on cow farts please.

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