Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s the 1st day of the spring semester! Well, at one of the universities I teach at, anyway. Here are 2 blog posts that inspire me to center the students.
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.
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.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Most academics I know struggle with impostor syndrome of some flavor. This emerges in our research practices among other areas, and I think the emphasis on original research is telling.
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.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Rigid gender roles disempower everyone & contribute to rape culture. We can address them through comprehensive sex ed, though!
Reading Time: 2 minutes Kids are information sponges, but that doesn’t mean attempts to “shield” them from information will be successful or even a good idea.
Reading Time: 4 minutes A conversation with speculative fiction authors Max Gladstone and Michael Underwood got me thinking about the importance of the “original” version of stories and other expressive culture to people. Gladstone wrote this blog post about how the Star Wars Expanded Universe is essentially a folkloric variation on a narrative, in the same way that the […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes I received this email through the website contact form the other night. It moved me.
Subject: I was always going to write this email.
Reading Time: 6 minutes Given that the first installment of God’s Not Dead only took $2M to make but grossed $60M, Pure Flix Entertainment decided to bless the world with a second installment, due out on April Fool’s Day, rather uncreatively entitled God’s Not Dead 2: He’s Surely Alive. It takes place in Arkansas and centers around a fictitious teacher […]