Saturday, January 2, 2016
January 2-3, 2016: December 2015 Recap
[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
November 30: AmendmentStudying: Summertime Blues and the 26th Amendment: A 13th Amendment-inspired series kicks off with how a classic summer song connects to a generation-shifting amendment.
December 1: AmendmentStudying: Santa Clara County and the 14th Amendment: The series continues with the seemingly offhand sentences through which the Supreme Court radically revised history.
December 2: AmendmentStudying: The 19th Amendment and the ERA: How the long road to women’s suffrage might parallel a current political journey, as the series rolls on.
December 3 AmendmentStudying: Washington DC and the 23rd Amendment: How the 1961 amendment reflects and helped shift the city’s complex history.
December 4: AmendmentStudying: Prohibition Culture: The series concludes with three texts that help us understand the world the 18th Amendment made.
December 5-6: AmendmentStudying: On Not Taking the 13th Amendment for Granted: On the amendment’s 150th anniversary, three reasons we should not see it as a historical given.
December 7: Circles of Friends: Revolutionary Circles: A Sinatra-inspired series starts with three circles that helped create the Revolution and a new nation.
December 8: Circles of Friends: Five of Hearts: The series continues with three books that help illuminate an intimate and influential late 19th century circle.
December 9: Circles of Friends: The Algonquin Round Table: Four members of the modernist circle who might surprise you, as the series rolls on.
December 10: Circles of Friends: The Brat Pack: Three layers to how we can AmericanStudy the mid-80s circle of young actors.
December 11: Circles of Friends: The Darker Side of Friends: The series concludes with three dark sides to the very successful and funny TV comedy.
December 12-13: Circles of Friends: The Rat Packs: A special Sinatra birthday post on how the famous group of friends started and evolved, and why the changes matter.
December 14: Semester Recaps: First-Year Writing: A Fall 2015 recap series on student work kicks off with three ways my first-year writing students responded to digital opportunities.
December 15: Semester Recaps: American Literature I: The series continues with three examples of inspiring student outside connections in their individual author presentations.
December 16: Semester Recaps: Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone: Three of the Capstone senior projects that give me hope for our future, as the series rolls on.
December 17: Semester Recaps: Honors Literature Seminar: Three impressive collective perspectives from the class conversations in my Gilded Age lit seminar.
December 18: Semester Recaps: ALFA Class on Contemporary Short Stories: The series concludes with the five author and stories we read in my adult learning class on emerging writers.
December 19-20: Spring 2016 Preview: Five things I’m looking forward to in the Spring 2016 semester—add your own fall reflections and spring anticipations in comments, please!
December 21: Wishes for the AmericanStudies Elves: The CEM Baseball Team: A series on American stories that should be made into blockbuster films starts with an inspiring team and game.
December 22: Wishes for the AmericanStudies Elves: Ely Parker’s Life: The series continues with a 19th century Renaissance American whose biography rivals our greatest stories.
December 23: Wishes for the AmericanStudies Elves: Ida B. Wells’ Crossroads: A turning point moment that embodies the worst and best of America, as the series rolls on.
December 24: Wishes for the AmericanStudies Elves: Burr: The (con-)Founding Father who’s enjoying a bit of a comeback, and why he deserves his own blockbuster story.
December 25: Wishes for the AmericanStudies Elves: To Save the Man: The series concludes with a wish that’s already been granted, in John Sayles’ upcoming film.
December 26-27: Emily Lauer’s Guest Post on Hamilton: In my latest Guest Post, a NeMLA colleague and friend writes about the hit musical and its connections to New York City.
December 28: AmericanStudying 2015: Syrian Refugees: A series AmericanStudying some of the year’s biggest stories starts with three ways to make the case for resettling refugees.
December 29: AmericanStudying 2015: Trump: The series continues with what’s not new about the GOP frontrunner, what is, and how to best stop him.
December 30: AmericanStudying 2015: Bernie Sanders: The AmericanStudies reason why I’m not quite feeling the Bern, as the series rolls on.
December 31: AmericanStudying 2015: Campus Protests: Two ways AmericanStudies can help us take the newest wave of college protests seriously.
January 1: AmericanStudying 2015: Star Wars Mania: The series concludes with two things I love about the new Star Wars film and one that worries me.
First series of the New Year starts Monday,
PS. Topics you’d like to see covered in this space? Guest Posts you’d like to contribute? Lemme know!