Saturday, September 26, 2015
September 26-27, 2015: September 2015 Recap
[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
August 31: Fall 2015 Previews: American Lit I: A series of fall preview posts starts with the benefits for both students and faculty of getting creative in a lit survey.
September 1: Fall 2015 Previews: Honors Lit: The series continues with the challenge and excitement of bringing an old favorite to a new audience.
September 2: Fall 2015 Previews: First-Year Writing I: Two ways to bring the digital to a first-year writing classroom, as the series rolls on.
September 3: Fall 2015 Previews: Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone: Three reasons I’m very excited to be teaching our IDIS Capstone course for the first time.
September 4: Fall 2015 Previews: Adult Learning: The series concludes with how you can help me prepare the syllabus for my next adult learning course, on emerging young writers.
September 5-6: Resources for Teaching: A special post on some of the teaching resources, mentors, and colleagues that have meant a lot to me—add yours in comments, please!
September 7: AmericanStudying 9/11: Allies in Afghanistan: A series AmericanStudying September 11th, 2001 starts with Rambo, James Bond, and our shifting relationship to Afghanistan.
September 8: AmericanStudying 9/11: Do No Harm: The series continues with doctors, dark histories, and remembering the worst of what we’ve done.
September 9: AmericanStudying 9/11: The Neverending History?: On wartime excesses and whether our current ones will ever end, as the series rolls on.
September 10: AmericanStudying 9/11: The Siege: The most troublingly accurate detail of a remarkably prescient pre-9/11 film.
September 11: AmericanStudying 9/11: Art in the Aftermath: The series concludes with the strengths and limitations of three post-9/11 cultural works.
September 12-13: Memorializing 9/11: A special post on what the 9/11 memorial does, what it doesn’t do, and why the difference matters.
September 14: Given Days: Ruthian Realities: A series inspired by Dennis Lehane’s The Given Day starts with Babe Ruth, race, and myth in America.
September 15: Given Days: The Influenza Epidemic: The series continues with what The Given Day helps us understand about the largely forgotten early 20th century health crisis.
September 16: Given Days: The Boston Police Strike: What Lehane’s novel gets right and wrong about a controversial history, as the series rolls on.
September 17: Given Days: The Great Molasses Flood: Three telling details about a unique historical event featured in Lehane’s novel.
September 18: Given Days: The Future for Tulsa: The series concludes with how history can complicate a historical fiction’s happy endings.
September 19-20: Crowd-sourced Historical Fictions: In one of my fullest crowd-sourced posts yet, fellow AmericanStudiers nominate other great works of historical fiction---add yours in comments!
September 21: September Texts: Wake Me Up When September Ends: A series on September in American culture starts with the specific and universal sides to the Green Day hit.
September 22: September Texts: Come September: The series continues with how biographies can add layers of interest to a mediocre romantic film.
September 23: September Texts: See You in September: What a mid-level pop music hit from the 50s can tell us about music and America in the mid-20th century, as the series rolls on!
September 24: September Texts: Until September: An 80s romantic comedy and the enduring appeal of Paris in the American imagination!
September 25: September Texts: S eptember Swoon: The series concludes with three contexts for a great book on baseball, race, and America!
Next series starts Monday,
PS. Topics or themes you’d like to see covered in this space? Guest Posts you’d like to contribute? Lemme know!