What we lose when we use cell phones.
There’s an intriguing story about cell phones and how they are influencing humans in today’s NYT. A few paragraphs from a story in the Times: “The smartphone brought about a planetary rewiring of human interaction. As smartphones became common, they transformed peer relationships, family relationships and the texture of daily life for everyone — even those…
The Study Cycle
It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, . . . it’s a Superhero?
Coming in the fall: My new PIO 101 course at Marietta College But what is a superhero and why do folks go full gaga over caped crusaders today in the age of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? This course traces the origin of the superhero in the cheap comics designed for pre-pubescent boys, wrestles with why…
Spring 2020 Memes
Progeny is now accepting poetry, lyrics, and fiction
The Purge of Higher Education
From the AAUP; here’s a description of the larger issues facing education in this country: “Daniel Greenstein writes in the fall 2019 issue of Daedalus that we may be on a track toward a dramatic bifurcation in the US higher education system, with students at wealthy, selective institutions enjoying personal, face-to-face learning experiences and the rest of…
Exciting Spring Courses
Greetings! For an animated introduction to our spring 2020 course offerings, please click here (go head, click it!): Email Todd (email@example.com) or Steve (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. ENGL 123 Media Writing MWF, 11:00 am An introduction to the process of writing for the media. Students will learn to report, write, and edit stories for print and…
One Credit Harry Potter course begins on October 21st
This one credit course will include Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and A Wizard of Earthsea. Topics covered will include: good and evil, magic, power, pride, sin, and the nature of fantasy and science fiction literature. Meets on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm beginning on October 21.
Comp 1 Memes
In an attempt to have my students learn about the rhetorical triangle (audience, writer, issue), I have them create memes (which are attuned, hopefully, to their audience). Here are a few from class today.
The “function of education”
Some wise words from Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life
“I wanted to be loved because I was great; A big man. I’m nothing. Look at the glory around us; trees, birds. I lived in shame. I dishonored it all, and didn’t notice the glory. I’m a foolish man.”
Journal Article: Politics of Health: “Nature” at the Intersection of Religion, Disability and Ecology
Revealing boundary-breaking book review focused on the similarities between human and animal intelligences and the problem of anthropomorphism
Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day
[What follows is a guest column I wrote for The Crescent News (Defiance, OH). It was published on Jan. 18, 2016.] While many celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., his complexity has been largely erased from our memories. He has been sentimentalized to such an extent that the radical nature of his message has been lost. Even…
JSTOR Daily and my 2005 essay on The Big Lebowski
JSTOR Daily is featuring my 2005 essay on The Big Lebowski. You can grab a free pdf of the essay at this link. Enjoy.