[For this year’s Thanksgiving series, I wanted to express thanks for a handful of opportunities I’ve had to connect with scholarly communities this Fall. Leading up to a special tribute to my two most important scholarly influences!]
Here in my 19th year at Fitchburg State, there is of course no shortage of communities and influences I could highlight as important to my work and career. But I want to focus for this post on two very distinct but complementary examples from this Fall semester in particular. In September, I was invited to give a talk on exclusion & inclusion in the American Founding as part of our excellent Constitution Day (really Constitution Week) series, and in the audience were current students of mine, my academic Dean, and our institutional Director of Communications and Public Affairs. Talk about feeling supported in our individual work! And in October, I took part in a panel of faculty from across campus who are part of our new Digital Media Innovation program, a great example of evolving FSU communities that both feature my work and can help me continue thinking (as I did on this panel) about what it means to be a digital and online public scholar. Two of so many ongoing examples of FSU’s communities and influences in my career and life!
Next Thanks-giving tomorrow,
PS. Communities (or anything else) you’re thankful for this year?