[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
December 4: Reconstruction Figures: Alexander Crummell and Frederick Douglass: A Reconstruction series starts with an impromptu but telling debate between two titans.
December 5: Reconstruction Figures: The Fisk Jubilee Singers: The series continues with two vital legacies of a cultural and historical artistic project.
December 6: Reconstruction Figures: Albion Tourgée: Two distinct but interconnected ways to remember a seminal 19th century figure, as the series rolls on.
December 7: Reconstruction Figures: Andrew Johnson: Three telling stages in the life and career of one of our worst presidents.
December 8: Reconstruction Figures: Yung Wing?: Whether and how to remember the pioneering Chinese American educator as a Reconstruction figure.
December 9-10: Reconstruction Figures: P.B.S. Pinchback: The series concludes with three stages in the unique life of the first African American governor, on the 145th anniversary of his taking office.
December 11: Fall 2017 Reflections: America in the Gilded Age: A fall semester recap series on Teaching under Trump starts with the limits and possibilities of unspoken contexts in a historical course.
December 12: Fall 2017 Reflections: Mark Twain Seminar: The series continues with reading and thinking about a long-past author as a contemporary commentator.
December 13: Fall 2017 Reflections: First-year Writing I: How a culminating writing assignment can help us engage with the world around us, as the series rolls on.
December 14: Fall 2017 Reflections: Adult Learning Classes: Three benefits for life in Trump’s America from my semester’s three adult learning classes.
December 15: Fall 2017 Reflections: Intro to Speech: The series concludes with not intervening in political discussions, and whether I should have.
December 16-17: Spring 2018 Previews: Looking ahead to three Spring semester courses and one big writing project—share your spring plans in comments, please!
December 18: Longmire Lessons: Gab and Mandy: A series on the recently concluded, truly wonderful Longmire starts with the distinct lessons offered by two young Native American characters.
December 19: Longmire Lessons: Malachi and Matthias: The series continues with one character who generally reinforced cultural stereotypes, and one who wonderfully revised them.
December 20: Longmire Lessons: Cowboy Bill: A mysterious character who embodied first Western mythos and then realities, as the series streams on.
December 21: Longmire Lessons: Hector and Henry: An iconic but mythic Native American character, and a flesh-and-blood one who took a different path.
December 22: Longmire Lessons: Walt and Cady: The series concludes with a couple final takeaways from the wonderful story of the multi-generational Longmire family.
December 23-24: An AmericanStudies Wish: My shortest but sweetest blog post yet!
December 25: Reviewing Resistance: Empathy: A reviewing the year in resistance series starts with the continued and vital need for empathy.
December 26: Reviewing Resistance: Late-night Comedy: The series continues with three distinct and interesting ways late-night hosts have challenged Trump.
December 27: Reviewing Resistance: Judges: One of the worst parts of Trump’s first year and an ironic but crucial counterpoint, as the series rolls on.
December 28: Reviewing Resistance: Twitter: Three Twitter accounts that exemplify three forms of social media resistance.
December 29: Reviewing Resistance: Fitchburg State University: The series concludes with three inspiring conversations taking place on my own campus.
Next series starts Monday,
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