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Category Archives: Teaching
I had collected/seen/read a bunch of recent pieces about “trigger warnings,” particularly the dust-up about the lack of such warnings at the University of Chicago. In response to that: “I’m Northwestern’s president. Here’s why safe spaces for students are important.” … Continue reading
About that slide show at the University of Houston on how to be a professor and avoid being killed: a few miscellaneous thoughts
Texas passed a law last year that makes it legal to carry concealed weapons on college campuses in that state. The University of Houston faculty senate put together a controversial slide show offering some debatable and/or dubious advice that became a … Continue reading
This perhaps should be two different posts, but since I don’t have that much time, I’m going to suggest some kind of connection(s) here. Maybe they’ll connect, maybe not. For 516 this semester (this week, actually), we’re reading Jessie Moore et … Continue reading
A new semester is upon us here at EMU, and that (along with new year resolutions) has me rethinking about blogging again. In terms of teaching, I’m returning to some blogging assignments. I’m teaching an online version of the undergraduate … Continue reading
New and old thoughts on the challenges of fycomp and/or “why students can’t write” through the lens of John Warner
John “Just Visiting” Warner had a very good column/blog entry at Inside Higher Ed the other day called “I Cannot Prepare Students to Write Their (History, Philosophy, Sociology, Poly Sci., etc…) Papers.” It’s a smart piece; here’s how it starts: Occasionally, one hears grumbling … Continue reading
There are two articles making the rounds about trigger warnings of late. There’s “The Coddling of the American Mind” in The Atlantic by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt. And there’s (at least one) response to it, “The Trigger Warning Myth” in New … Continue reading
I started this on Sunday night while a bunch of folks were at my house playing a very very involved board game called Civilization. I did not play along. It is a long story, but the short version is I instead cooked what … Continue reading
I’ve blogged about “the Digital Humanities” several times before. Back in 2012, I took some offense at the MLA’s “discovery” of “digital scholarship” because they essentially ignored the work of anyone other than literature scholars– in other words, comp/rhet folks … Continue reading
Mark Bauerlein’s latest piece in the New York Times, “What’s the Point of a Professor?” is too much of a troll to take too seriously. He’s just complaining about the “kids today” in college and how they are all so much … Continue reading