Pedagogy in Dark Times: Coetzee on the humanities.
David Foster Wallace's 2005 Kenyon commencement address: "This is water."
I'm interested in course evaluations and their function within the academy. The recent literature is fascinating and worth reading. On that topic see: in general (1), (2); on personality; and on grade inflation (3), (4), (5). For recent (and more journalistic) reflections see: (6).