Have you ever asked someone why they smoke? Maybe they’ll say it relaxes them, or that they enjoy it, or that they really just like being able to talk with other smokers. It all comes down to some sort of enjoyment. In this post, I explore smoking through the theory of gestures to get at an answer. … More The Gesture of Smoking a Pipe
I’m developing a class on the figure of smoking in literature, and I would like to hear what your favorite depictions are. … More What’s Your Favorite Depiction of Smoking?
Seven years ago I started this blog with a post about contemplative pedagogy featuring Br. Monday before he became Br. Monday.
To mark the occasion, I thought I would collect all of his adventures again here. … More The Compendium of Br. Monday
There’s been some consternation over the recent Wheel of Time adaptation. It’s come to the point that there are even warring hashtags about #BookCloaks and #ShowSworn! I get it–any adaptation will lead to hard feelings for folks who have spent so much time, money, and effort (reading 14 books!). But the special thing about the … More An Apology for the Wheel of Time Adaptation
My wife and I were chatting with some ranchers who are engaged in holistic management. It was exciting to hear how their work with cattle was affecting their land and their transition from conventional to regenerative farming. During the conversation, it came out that they’ve felt like researchers would never listen to them. But they … More Why I Care about Public Scholarship
I recently gave a talk on pedagogies of care in the online classroom that I would like to share with all of you. With everything our students and fellow educators have gone through the past year, I think we need to dig down to the heart of education and rethink how we build community together. … More A Pedagogy of Care for Our Online Neighbors
What if we thought about our syllabus as a form of communication instead of as a contract? … More Writing a Syllabus that Respects Your Students
Want to engage in public scholarship but don’t know where to start? Already work with public-facing assignments and research but don’t know how that fits into public scholarship? You’re not alone! I think teachers and researchers hold back from public scholarship because they hold a narrow view of it that doesn’t have room for their … More Public Scholarship is More Than Outreach
If we were having coffee… I would want to tell you that graduate school is finally over. I finally submitted all my work in July and found out in August that all the paperwork is squared away! I wasn’t completely sure if these weekend coffee blogging parties were still hosted somewhere, and was delighted to … More Weekend Coffee Share: Thanking the Community
Did you know that there’s a Victorian conference on poetry, literature, and history that you can watch right now for free? … More Flightless Conferences Promote Sustainability and Equity