Distraction, Deep listening, and Devices in the Classroom 

“What are the pedagogical benefits of looking out the window in class, or looking into the screen of a digital device?” The new semester is humming along nicely, and I am relishing several uninterrupted moments to gather my thoughts after the initial rush of classlists and classroom swaps and name memorizations. This recent barrage of … More Distraction, Deep listening, and Devices in the Classroom 

What do professors look like, and do they visit outer space? (Week in Review)

Inspired by #ILookLikeAnEngineer, whereby debate over whether a cute and young bespectacled woman could ever connote “engineer” in our collective patriarchal imagination ensued, #ILookLikeAProfessor was born. A professor with tattoos? With brown skin? Really? Perhaps not as striking or as cutting edge in the humanities, where race and sexuality are important critical players, the hashtag … More What do professors look like, and do they visit outer space? (Week in Review)

On ruins, great and small (Week in Review)

How do we communicate loss? What remains after catastrophe, whether the broad reach of the natural disaster or the deep one of a broken relationship? This week I’ve reflected on two somewhat related experiences: a couple of visits to the Museum of Broken Relationships and the online responses to Cascadia’s predicted “Big One.” The New … More On ruins, great and small (Week in Review)

Srebrenica reflections and digital resources (Week in Review)

Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of Srebrenica’s fall to Republika Srpska forces, which led within the following week to what the Hague’s criminal tribunal has since determined to be the massacre of 7000-8000 mostly male Bosnian Muslim civilians and POWs (ranging from minors to pensioners). In addition to proving how ineffective the UN peacekeeping was at protecting its … More Srebrenica reflections and digital resources (Week in Review)

How to think about facts: immersion and speculation (Week in Review)

Tom Streithorst’s comparison of the techno-salvation imagined in Star Wars versus the post-eco disaster anarchy imagined in Mad Max shows how both reflect potential outcomes of current trends. He hopes for the first but predicts a third outcome, one exemplified by Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake: techno dystopia ruled by corporate elite. Read about it here. —  Do … More How to think about facts: immersion and speculation (Week in Review)

Omeka, C-51, and Diverse Literature (Week in Review)

If you’re thinking about using the collection and exhibition platform Omeka, check out this slideshare — For inspiration on writing from the indomitable Susan Sontag, see Maria Popova’s “Susan Sontag on Storytelling, What It Means to Be a Moral Human Being, and Her Advice to Writers” — For a sobering analysis of human rights’ infringement built … More Omeka, C-51, and Diverse Literature (Week in Review)