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Saturday, December 31, 2016

December 31, 2016-January 1, 2017: December 2016 Recap

[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
December 5: Fall 2016 Reflections: Intro to Science Fiction and Fantasy: A fall wrap-up series starts with three lessons for 21st century America from three great sci fi stories.
December 6: Fall 2016 Reflections: Honors Seminar on the Gilded Age: The series continues with what three under-read literary works can help us analyze in contemporary America.
December 7: Fall 2016 Reflections: Senior Seminar on 21st Century America: Three takeaways from a class overtly focused on our current moment, as the series rolls on.
December 8: Fall 2016 Reflections: First Book Talks: Two good questions that arose in my first opportunities to share History and Hope in American Literature.
December 9: Fall 2016 Reflections: Conversations with My Sons: The series concludes with two places and ways I’m talking with the boys about 2016 America.
December 10-11: Spring 2017 Preview: Looking ahead to four reasons why I’m excited for Spring 2017—I’d love to hear your fall reflections or spring plans in comments!
December 12: Basketball’s Birthday: James Naismith: A series on the sport’s 125th birthday starts with three interesting contexts for basketball’s inventor.
December 13: Basketball’s Birthday: Chamberlain and Russell: The series continues with a clear distinction between two iconic greats, and why it’s not quite so clear.
December 14: Basketball’s Birthday: Rudy, Hoosiers, and Race: The appeal of underdog stories and the social issues they have to leave out, as the series rolls on.
December 15: Basketball’s Birthday: Magic Johnson: Genuine low and high points for the legendary Laker, and what they both exemplify.
December 16: Basketball’s Birthday: LeBron and Activism: The series concludes with what’s crucial, and what’s complicated, about the superstar’s public activisms.
December 17-18: Crowd-sourced BasketballStudying: One of my best crowd-sourced posts yet, as fellow BasketballStudiers share lots of great histories and stories. Add yours in comments!
December 19: Wishes for the AmericanStudies Elves: Student Films: My annual wishing series starts with a wonderful student filmmaker and the vital role of student art.
December 20: Wishes for the AmericanStudies Elves: EmergingUS:  The series continues with the latest important and inspiring initiative from a crucial 21st century voice.
December 21: Wishes for the AmericanStudies Elves: Liberation’s List: A few 21st century levels to a charitable and crucial wish, as the series rolls on.
December 22: Wishes for the AmericanStudies Elves: Colleagues: Highlighting the great work of a number of my Fitchburg State English Studies colleagues.
December 23-25: Wishes for the AmericanStudies Elves: My Sons: The series concludes with three wishes for and from my best reasons for hope in 2017.
December 26: 2016 in Review: That Damn Election: My annual year in review series starts with two ways to respond to an awful political moment.
December 27: 2016 in Review: Standing Rock: The series continues with two contexts for an inspiring activist victory.
December 28: 2016 in Review: Aleppo: What’s all too familiar about an unfolding genocide, and what might be different this time, as the series rolls on.
December 29: 2016 in Review: The Cubs Win!: Personal and pop cultural contexts for one of the year’s most feel-good stories.
December 30: 2016 in Review: Jarad Nelson on Feminism in Pop Music: The series concludes with the year’s final Guest Post, an FSU English Studies Major on pop culture and feminism.
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 write? Lemme know!

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