[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
September 4: Fall 2017 Previews: Mark Twain!: A Fall semester series starts with two goals for a Special Author course I’m very excited to be teaching.
September 5: Fall 2017 Previews: America in the Gilded Age—and Today: The series continues with what three under-read Gilded Age literary texts can help us analyze in 2017.
September 6: Fall 2017 Previews: First-year Writing I: Two of the many vital skills that FYW courses teach, as the series rolls on.
September 7: Fall 2017 Previews: Literary Conversations at BOLLI: Two literary pairings for which I’m particulary excited in a new adult learning class.
September 8: Fall 2017 Previews: Contemporary Short Stories for ALFA—Your Input Needed!: I could still use your input as I finalize the short stories for my next Fitchburg adult learning class!
September 9-10: Fall 2017 Previews: Conferences and Communities: The series concludes with two fall events I’m looking forward to—and room for you to share some more!
September 11: Pledge Posts: Myths and Realities: A series on the Pledge of Allegiance’s 125th anniversary starts with fundamental inaccuracies about the emblematic text.
September 12: Pledge Posts: Protesting the Pledge: The series continues with two contexts for my older son’s inspiring act of civil disobedience.
September 13: Pledge Posts: The Bellamy Boys: How biographical and familial contexts can change our sense of the Pledge, as the series continues.
September 14: Pledge Posts: 1890s America: How three 1890s contexts help us think about the Pledge.
September 15: Pledge Posts: The 1950s Addition: The series concludes with three contexts for the 1950s addition of “under God” to the Pledge.
September 16-17: The Worst and Best of Allegiance: A special follow-up post on what allegiance too often means, and what it might mean instead.
September 18: Legends of the Fall: Young Adult Lit: A series on autumn and falls from innocence starts with two iconic YA novels.
September 19: Legends of the Fall: American Pastoral: The series continues with the louder and quieter moments of lost innocence in Philip Roth’s great novel.
September 20: Legends of the Fall: The Body and Stand By Me: The different stories of youthful innocence lost in a novella and film adaptation, as the series rolls on.
September 21: Legends of the Fall: Presumed Innocent: The multiple layers of revelations built into Scott Turow’s novel and the best mystery fiction.
September 22: Legends of the Fall: “American Pie”: The series concludes with the straightforward and more subtle sides to the beloved ballad of lost innocence.
September 23-24: Crowd-sourced Legends of the Fall: The responses and nominations of fellow FallStudiers constitute another great crowd-sourced post!
September 25: Little Rock and Race: On the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine, three layers to how that city remembers those histories of race and community.
September 26: Early Civil Rights Histories: Thurgood Marshall: A series on early Civil Rights histories starts with three legal victories won by a young Thurgood Marshall.
September 27: Early Civil Rights Histories: Brown v. Board of Education: The series continues with the forgotten figures at the heart of the crucial Civil Rights case.
September 28: Early Civil Rights Histories: Women and the Montgomery Bus Boycott: Danielle McGuire’s wonderful piece on the women behind Montgomery, as the series rolls on.
September 29: Early Civil Rights Histories: The Little Rock Nine: The series concludes with three ways to remember the courageous, pioneering high schoolers.
Next series starts Monday,
PS. Topics you’d like to see covered in this space? Guest Posts you’d like to contribute? Lemme know!