Saturday, November 1, 2014
November 1-2, 2014: October 2014 Recap
[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
September 29: American Collectors: Isabella Stewart Gardner: A series on famous collections begins with the life and legacy inside my favorite museum.
September 30: American Collectors: P.T. Barnum: The series continues with two sides to the famous showman, and how to reconcile them.
October 1: American Collectors: George Catlin: What the artist and collector got right, what he got wrong, and what we owe him in any case, as the series continues.
October 2: American Collectors: The Smithsonian: Three exemplary moments in the history of our national collection.
October 3: American Collectors: Phil Collins!: The series concludes with a wacky recent moment and collection, and what it can help us analyze.
October 4-5: Crowd-sourced American Collections: But wait, a crowd-sourced post on collectors and collections rounds off the series—add your thoughts in comments!
October 6: AmericanStudying Appalachia: Wrong Turn and Deliverance: A series on cultural images of Appalachia starts with films about cultural clashes, and how to complicate them.
October 7: AmericanStudying Appalachia: Miner Texts: The series continues with three different types of representations of mining lives and communities.
October 8: AmericanStudying Appalachia: Murfree’s Mountains: Multiple compelling reasons to read one of Appalachia’s most talented writers, as the series rolls on.
October 9: AmericanStudying Appalachia: The Black Mountain Poets: How cultural and historical contexts can add to our understanding of individual authors and works.
October 10: AmericanStudying Appalachia: The Fire and the Furnace: The series concludes with the interesting messages behind a couple macho action flicks.
October 11-12: AmericanStudying Appalachia: Online Resources: For those interested in further AppalachianStudying, a few great websites and resources.
October 13: New NEASA Books: Beyond the White Negro: A series highlighting recent books by NEASA colleagues starts with an exemplary work of public scholarship.
October 14: New NEASA Books: Inventing the Egghead: The series continues with a book that reveals the crucial stakes of inter-scholarly debates.
October 15: New NEASA Books: Clover Adams: A Gilded and Heartbreaking Life: The compelling historical biography that’s also a lot more, as the series rolls on.
October 16: New NEASA Books: American Blood: The challenging academic analysis that reminds us how constructed and contested even the seemingly simplest American concepts are.
October 17: New NEASA Books: A History of Spiritualism and the Occult in Salem: The series concludes with the latest SalemStudying book by one of my favorite AmericanStudiers.
October 18-19: My Own Current Projects!: As I wait for word on the status of my own next book, an update on three spaces to which I’ve recently contributed pieces.
October 20: De Lange Follow Ups: The Rice CTE: A series following up my opportunity to serve as a Social Media Fellow for the De Lange Conference begins with the impressive and important work being done at Rice University’s Center for Teaching Excellence.
October 21: De Lange Follow Ups: Ruth Simmons: The series continues with two vital contributions from the conference’s most inspiring keynote speaker.
October 22: De Lange Follow Ups: Keynote Speakers: Some of the provocative questions raised by the rest of the keynote speakers (questions that need more answers, including yours!), as the series rolls on.
October 23: De Lange Follow Ups: Pedagogy Sessions: On my specific and broader takeaways from the conference’s wonderful breakout sessions.
October 24: De Lange Follow Ups: Backchannel Conversations?: The series concludes with three ways to think about our conference-long Twitter responses and conversations.
October 25-26: De Lange Follow Ups: My Fellow Tweeters: One more De Lange post, on my amazing group of fellow social media chroniclers.
October 27: AmericanSpooking: The Saw Series: A Halloween-inspired series starts with the question of morality in horror films, and whether it matters.
October 28: AmericanSpooking: Found Footage Films: The series continues with the appeals and the limitations of the ubiquitous contemporary genre.
October 29: AmericanSpooking: The Birds and Psycho: Defamiliarization, horror films, and social prejudice, as the series rolls on.
October 30: AmericanSpooking: Those Scary Foreigners: The terrifying travails of young Americans abroad in two recent, hugely successful film franchises.
October 31: AmericanSpooking: The Scream Series: The series concludes with the benefits and the drawbacks of metafiction, in any genre.
Next series starts Monday,
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