Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

Academia and Reflection

Academic journal article Journal of Information Ethics

Academia and Reflection

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Walking through Oxford, one cannot but help feel overwhelmed, and indeed, humbled, by the history and annals of academic honors that have come before. It is a pilgrimage that all academics should take at some point in their lives-if for no other reason than to experience the traditions that have thrived in education for centuries. In many ways, time stands still in Oxford; yet, innovation and the future abound in other ways. Academics stroll the cobble streets in regalia, a present reminder of the glory of education. Indeed, I may return to my teaching stead in Milwaukee wearing my regalia.

Oxford is symbolism. It reminds us that education should be a priority in culture. One spired college after another, the beauty and grandeur, the ceremony of the Bodleian Library continually call attention to the act of education. In today's academic environments, where battles over funding for research are often, and unfortunately, placed before the good of learning itself, the symbolism of education becomes more important.

Maybe I am still on the honeymoon of my visiting fellowship, where I was removed from those day-to-day battles for funding, the realities of advising students, service commitments, and the many other things that academics must do on a daily basis. I had the true privilege to listen to and learn from others, visit lectures, embrace and confront perspectives unlike my own, and simply hear the stories, the narratives of other students, research fellows, and professors. …

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