[The Spring 2021 semester seems to have been the most challenging for my students of any in my 20+ years of college teaching, and I know for sure it was the most challenging for me. I’m not gonna pretend I have clear reflections or lessons I can take away from it, but what I do have are striking individual moments that reminded me of why we do what we do in the classroom. So this week I’ll highlight a handful of those, and I’d love to share your favorite Spring 2021 moments—or other semester reflections—in a crowd-sourced weekend post!]
As I draft this post in early April, I’ve had the chance to give one virtual book talk for Of Thee I Sing, for the great local bookstore Toadstool Books in late March. In the next couple weeks, I’ll give a couple more: for the Boston Athenaeum on May 18th from 12-1pm; and for the Massachusetts Historical Society on May 26th from 5:30-6:30pm. I’m still interested in any and all additional opportunities to share the book and the contested history of American patriotism: in virtual talks for bookstores or libraries or historic sites; in conversations with students/classes or reading/book groups; in online pieces for any and all spaces and sites; and in any other format you can think of! Such talks and conversations are the best part of writing, to me, and will always offer favorite moments.
Crowd-sourced post this weekend,
PS. So one more time: what do you think? Spring 2021 moments or reflections you’d share?