Reading Time: 5 minutes The Western States Folklore Society puts on a great conference, as I discovered over a decade after I last attended one. Or maybe Eugene, OR was just gonna charm me.
Spooning Your Books to Sleep
Reading Time: 3 minutes I know I’m not the only scholar to fall asleep with books on my bed. Should we be romanticizing this kind of behavior, or not? Get ready for another Workaholic Missive!
The Relief of Shedding Academic Drag
Reading Time: 4 minutes I get dressed up to teach five days a week this semester. And while I still work on the weekends, I get to decide how I look.
Academics: Educate and #Resist
Reading Time: 2 minutes In the face of fascist antics, we need to play to our strengths in order to resist. For academics, that means bridging the scholarly/popular divide, and doing so intelligently.
First Week at Berkeley: Check
Reading Time: 3 minutes Teaching at Berkeley is wonderful. What else is there to say? I can come up with a few things, I guess.
I Don’t Know How I’m Going to Get Healthcare, and I’m Terrified
Reading Time: 3 minutes Being an educator has never been easy, but I’m scared about things getting worse in this political situation, especially when it comes to getting basic medical care needs met.
Reading Time: 3 minutes For all that I’m a performer, I’m still getting a grasp on performance studies. Here’s a brief intro to a complicated part of folklore.
Emotional Labor and Gender
Reading Time: 3 minutes Do men get told to smile as often as women do? Nope, and that’s thanks to the gendered nature of emotional labor.
The Body in Folklore Keynote: The Body in Sex Ed, the Classroom, & Alt Ac
Reading Time: 10 minutes The more you believe that you deserve what you get – whether it’s an STI, or a sexual assault, or a crummy part-time job, or being fired from that job– the more you can be manipulated into accepting what happens to you as normal, natural, and inevitable.
The Pros and Cons of Small Classes
Reading Time: 2 minutes In both the academic classroom and the dance classroom, I’ve noticed that small class sizes present unique challenges and rewards. Benefits More time to engage with each student. In dance, this means more posture and technique corrections for everyone. In college, this means getting to interact directly with each student more. The class material can […]