Author Archives: Dr. E. Michele Ramsey

The Modern and Future Economies Need All of Us

In the editorial, STEM education crucial to America’s future, James P. Cinelli responds to an editorial I co-wrote and I would like to respond to his arguments. Cinelli’s letter is flawed in several ways. First, he notes that the $10,000 more per year some engineers begin making after graduation means a good deal when multiplied over […]

Finding “common ground” with Trump supporters requires a common reality

Since the election of Donald Trump in November and especially since he’s taken office, I’ve seen a number of stories encouraging progressives to lay off the anger and disappointment and to sit down and find common ground with the Trump voter. The arguments I’ve seen repeated in various places go something like this: There are fundamental things on […]

I’M WITH HER and other progressives should be, too.

To my friends who are certain that standing against HRC, in any form this year as a progressive, is doing our country a favor, I say this: I know that your intentions are good and I know you have good reasons, grounded in our rotten political system, to feel as you do. But your protest […]

Our “gleeful liberal takedown” of Hillary isn’t affirming institutional sexism

Image Credit: Wikipedia (CC license)   It’s time for some Hillary supporters to acknowledge that just because some liberals don’t support your pro-fracking, pro-bombing, pro-corporate elite, pro-death penalty candidate doesn’t mean we’re sexist.  “Your Gleeful Liberal Takedown of Hillary Clinton Is Affirming Institutional Sexism” by kmassa made the Facebook rounds yesterday, castigating “the Progressive Left” for its […]

20 Songs That Should Be On Your Halloween Party Playlist But Probably Aren’t

I submit for your consideration twenty songs that should be on every Halloween party playlist. In no particular order, this list includes songs that, to me, ooze with the sounds of a great Halloween party soundtrack. What songs would you add? Creepy and cool. A nice minor key and Adam’s unmistakable voice. Because every Halloween […]

Why I Care That You Quit Your Teaching Job

Unlike Ian Bogost, who tells us here that he doesn’t care that you quit your job in academics, I do care that you quit your job. And before I rush off to teach my classes today, let me briefly tell you why. I care that you quit your job because too many good people who understand […]

“Whiplash”: The Hyper-Masculine Mentor Myth and Its Anti-Feminine Counterparts

Damien Chezelle’s Whiplash has received critical and popular acclaim and, in some ways, it is indeed a great film. Leads J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller are outstanding in their roles. The music is magical and, for this drummer, a film focused on that craft is a lot of fun. And as a number of my friends […]