Grimshaw's Ghost Dance: Apocalypse and the Academy

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Prophets, albeit unwittingly, are often the architects as well as victims of their envisioned doom. Adam Grimshaw learns this too late. Professor Grimshaw is an entertaining teacher but no scholar, and a womanizer who routinely abuses the privileges of the profession. His outlandish behavior is tolerated, illustrating how tenure, an institution designed to protect academic freedom, is often used to shelter mediocrity and malfeasance. Adam’s obsession with Chaco Canyon leads to an amazing discovery, crippling injury, and frightening vision at this exciting yet haunting archaeological site. An announcement by the state’s conservative governor regarding his institution leads the professor to believe this vision was one of tenure doomed. He persuades some of his colleagues to join him in a series of radical and often bizarre actions designed to save tenure at his college by pushing the exercise of academic freedom to its limits. This is Grimshaw’s Ghost Dance. It is also his undoing.

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