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Saturday, January 2, 2021

January 2-3, 2021: December 2020 Recap

[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]

November 30: Stories of AIDS: Mark Doty: A World AIDS Day series kicks off with the multiple genres of one of the most compelling literary chroniclers of the AIDS epidemic (and beyond).

December 1: Stories of AIDS: World AIDS Day: The series continues with two ways that the global commemoration has evolved, and where we go from here.

December 2: Stories of AIDS: Angels in America and Rent: A groundbreaking play and popular musical that helped change our national conversations, as the series rolls on.

December 3: Stories of AIDS: Three Novels: Three novels from the 80s, 90s, and 2000s that help trace the epidemic’s cultural evolutions.

December 4: Stories of AIDS: The Deuce and Gay New York: The series concludes with an initially minor TV character who emerges alongside a community and a crisis.

December 5-6: AIDS and COVID: A special weekend post featuring a handful of links to public scholarly engagements with what the AIDS epidemic can help us see in our current pandemic.

December 7: Pearl Harbor Histories: The Attack: A Pearl Harbor series begins with three little-known histories that add layers to the attack itself.

December 8: Pearl Harbor Histories: The Conspiracy Theory: The series continues with how the conspiracy theory doesn’t hold up but why it’s illuminating nonetheless.

December 9: Pearl Harbor Histories: The Tokyo Trials: The complex question of whether a military attack is also a war crime, as the series rolls on.

December 10: Pearl Harbor Histories: The Varsity Victory Volunteers: A post-Pearl Harbor community who embody the best of Hawaii and America.

December 11-13: Pearl Harbor Histories: Remembering Infamous Days: The series concludes with the complex, challenging, crucial question of how we remember our most infamous days.

December 14: Fall 2020 Lessons: God Damn It, You’ve Got to Be Kind: A semester recap series like no other kicks off with the Fall’s most fundamental and crucial lesson.

December 15: Fall 2020 Lessons: Ungrading Works: The series continues with two unexpected, but ultimately unsurprising, effects of my first work with a new pedagogical approach.

December 16: Fall 2020 Lessons: Quantity (and Brevity) over Quality: Two tough but unavoidable lessons about my class content, this fall and moving forward, as the series learns on.

December 17: Fall 2020 Lessons: Doing Away with Deadlines: A key policy change I made this Fall, the challenges it presents, and why I’m likely to stick with it nonetheless.

December 18: Fall 2020 Lessons: Contemporary Connections: The series concludes with how this semester amplified and accelerated a gradual evolution in my teaching goals.

December 19-20: Crowd-sourced Fall 2020 Lessons: My latest crowd-sourced post, featuring the reflections of many fellow teachers and friends on this most challenging Fall.

December 21: AmericanWishing: Inspiring Figures: My annual holiday series kicks off with six amazing Americans whose stories should inspire us all.

December 22: AmericanWishing: Great Novels: The series continues with five great American novels we should all read.

December 23: AmericanWishing: Crucial Communities: Five historical communities whose impressive stories we should add to our collective memories, as the series wishes on.

December 24: AmericanWishing: Stunning Poems: Five powerful poems to inspire us all in the new year.

December 25: AmericanWishing: Thoughtful Scholars: Six scholarly voices, past and present, we can all learn from in 2021.

December 26-27: AmericanWishing: My Sons: The series concludes with what I most wish for my sons and their world in 2021.

December 28: Year in Review: Race, Memory, and Justice: My annual year in review series continues with two additional layers to the year’s renewed #BlackLivesMatter movement.

December 29: Year in Review: Climate Change: The series continues with the longstanding history of environmental disasters, and how it’s not nearly sufficient to understanding the present.

December 30: Year in Review: Economic Inequality: The flaws of Hillbilly Elegy, the strengths of Stephen Crane’s “Experiments,” and what 2020 can help us understand about deep poverty.

December 31: Year in Review: Migration and Refugees: A short story that helps cut to the human heart of an unfolding horror, as the series reflects on.

January 1: Year in Review: Public Higher Education: The series (and year) concludes with five links to help us understand the unfolding assault on public higher education.

Next series starts Monday,


PS. Topics you’d like to see covered in this space? Guest Posts you’d like to contribute? Lemme know!

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