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Last Chance

It’s too late to post anything for credit–that deadline passed Wednesday–but I am in the process of revising next fall’s Contemporary American Literature course. I’m likely to replace Salvage the Bones with Sing, Unburied, Sing, but additional suggestions are welcome!

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A Quick Reminder; Callout Culture

As tempting as it may be to blog during class, I consider it bad form. Also, unless you’re highly proficient at multi-tasking, you’re not really getting the material being covered while you blog. On to another topic: callout culture, which … Continue reading

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School Violence and Mental Health

Recent legislation to improve school safety not only involves active shooter drills and required training sessions for teachers, but also an expansion of the way schools and police scrutinize social media postings. Civil Libertarians fear that the latter provision takes … Continue reading

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An Information Society

Imagine a state where medical professionals had immediate access to information that would assist in diagnosing health issues. Imagine a state where science reduced the likelihood of wrongful prosecution and imprisonment. Imagine a state where all citizens could know with … Continue reading

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Making #metoo Connections

It should not have taken me so long to post this. Silence breakers who are part of the #metoo movement won Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” award. I’ll post later on the significance and the complexity of the movement. … Continue reading

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Contemporary Literature Possibilities

Greetings all. The list below constitutes possibilities for the contemporary literature course I will teach in the fall semester. I still need to trim about four titles; it’s possible, even now, to consider a replacement text. I want your input. … Continue reading

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One More Quick Thought about Yesterday

Would all Americans have been better served if our media outlets focused more on reporting the news than on editorializing it?

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In Case You’re Interested

Dr. Jeffrey Courtright, MUW’s Humanities Teacher Award (2016-17) winner, will give an address titled “Why Philosophy” tomorrow at 6:00 in Painter 113. You’ll need to sign out to attend; if you’re interested in attending, email me.

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Notes from a Guest Poster

Students: your responses to the previous blog entry garnered the attention of Mr. Daniel Wise, who is a candidate for the Mississippi House of Representatives, District 106, and the father of our very own Savannah Wise, Class of 2017. Here’s … Continue reading

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Gentle notice to bloggers

As we are approaching the end of the first quarter, I will shut the blog down on Tuesday of next week so I can assess levels of participation.

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