What I’m Reading: Corey Booker’s Camden Visit

Yesterday, Mayor Corey Booker’s campaign was back in Camden: “This is an election that all of America is going to be watching,” Booker said before about three dozen students and supporters in Camden, where he met with Mayor Dana L. Redd. My worry with Mayor Booker is simple. For all his reputation of being a … Read more What I’m Reading: Corey Booker’s Camden Visit

Expertise and Faux-Expertise

  Dr. Teresa Smith, in a cogent defense of expertise, once asked my class, “Do you know what subjective used to mean?” When we all replied no, and she told us, “in the opinion of experts.” At the time, she was using the phrase “subjective” as an opposite pole to “objectivity” and the idea of … Read more Expertise and Faux-Expertise

Next City Write-Up

I’m happy to say that we’re getting a little publicity in this corner of Cooper Street. Next City, one of my favorite places to read and write about cities, did a little write up about Rutgers-Camden and this blog.  I wanted to share these excerpts (but by all means, go read the whole thing): Local … Read more Next City Write-Up

A Non-Academic Definition of “Community Meeting”

If there is an unwritten code behind Oxford’s life, the first might be that most work gets done at your local (pub). But equally as important would be the imperative to “define your terms.” So, in the finely held tradition of slightly mocking Oxford, while taking its bigger critique to heart, I’d like to somewhat … Read more A Non-Academic Definition of “Community Meeting”

In the Pipeline: A Discussion of the “I Am Camden” Facebook Page

One of the reasons I started this blog was because students were walking in my door to discuss academic work on the city of Camden. One wanted to understand urban farming here. Another wanted to do an oral history on the public school system here with a focus on student voice. Another wanted to do … Read more In the Pipeline: A Discussion of the “I Am Camden” Facebook Page