Saturday, May 28, 2016
May 28-29, 2016: May 2016 Recap
[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
May 2: Classical Music Icons: Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring”: A classical music series kicks off with the composer and work that helped bring classical music to America, and vice versa.
May 3: Classical Music Icons: The Gershwins: The series continues with the lesser-known careers and works of the other two Gershwin siblings.
May 4: Classical Music Icons: Maria Callas: Two telling dualities embodied by one of America’s most famous opera singers, as the series rolls on.
May 5: Classical Music Icons: Yo-Yo Ma: Three very American moments in the career of one of our most talented classical musicians.
May 6: Classical Music Icons: Florence Foster Jenkins: The series concludes with what’s funny, and what’s more serious, about a famous failure.
May 7-8: Mother’s Day Special Post: For the holiday, highlighting a short story that helps us remember and celebrate one of society’s toughest and most vital roles.
May 9: Semester Reflections: Yung Wing in Am Lit I: A series of Spring 16 reflections kicks off with a long overdue first step in my American literature survey.
May 10: Semester Reflections: Annie Baker in Capstone: The series continues with two distinct but complementary reasons to teach more drama in literature courses.
May 11: Semester Reflections: A Writing Associate in Major American Authors: One expected and one surprising lesson provided by my student Writing Associate, as the series rolls on.
May 12: Semester Reflections: Multimedia Texts in Ethnic American Lit: The value of adding two kinds of multimedia texts to a familiar and favorite course.
May 13: Semester Reflections: Poetry in ALFA: The series concludes with three examples of poems that complemented the historical subjects in my latest Adult Learning course.
May 14-15: Fall 2016 Questions: A special weekend post on three requests through which you can help with my Fall 16 course planning and development!
May 16: AmericanStudying 60s Rock: The Beach Boys and Dylan: A series on the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds and Blonde on Blonde kicks off with those two models for artistic innovation.
May 17: AmericanStudying 60s Rock: “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”: The series continues with a troubling song and why those problems do and don’t matter.
May 18: AmericanStudying 60s Rock: Jimi Hendrix’s Covers: What the legendary guitarist brought to three covers, as the series rocks on.
May 19: AmericanStudying 60s Rock: Joan and Janis: Two alternate visions of 60s counter-culture, and what links them.
May 20: AmericanStudying 60s Rock: Woodstock: The series concludes with three telling moments from across the four-day festival that culminated 60s rock.
May 21-22: Crowd-sourced RockStudying: One of my most epic crowd-sourced posts yet, with rocking responses and even a mini-Guest Post from many fellow RockStudiers—add your own, please!
May 23: New Scholarly Books: Heidi Kim’s Invisible Subjects: A series on new AmericanStudies scholarly books starts with a great addition to Asian and American Studies.
May 24: New Scholarly Books: André Carrington’s Speculative Blackness: The series continues with a vital connection of race, science fiction, and cultural studies.
May 25: New Scholarly Books: Teresa Thomas’ American Arabists in the Cold War Middle East: A colleague’s important new book and inspiring career arc, as the series rolls on.
May 26: New Scholarly Books: Jacobs and King’s Fed Power: A public scholarly book with the potential to impact and alter the presidential campaign and beyond.
May 27: New Scholarly Books: Finding Light between the Pages: The series concludes with three things to know about my own scholarly book-in-progress!
Next series starts Monday,
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