Happy May the 4th!

Happy Star Wars Day! I think the saga has so much teaching potential, from learning about political theory to the development of myths. Even what we might call the lesser installments have something important to teach us–or they at least reflect us back to ourselves as all pop culture does. For this May the 4th, … More Happy May the 4th!

Playing with Genre

On Monday, we started talking about the nature of genre through the thought of Mikhail Bakhtin and how genres aren’t only what we read, but everything we write and speak too. Today, we’ll look at a way to help students practice writing in genres that they might not expect in the college classroom. Some of … More Playing with Genre

A pale view of Hill

Originally posted on Nick Owchar:
For I will consider my cat Jeoffry… We lost a major figure in the world of poetry at the end of June, Geoffrey Hill, and as I’ve scrolled through the posts of Call of the Siren, I realize I haven’t written very much lately … but when I have, some…

Top Ten Tuesday: Last Ten Books That Came into My Possession

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and this week’s post is about the last ten books that came into my possession. I should admit right off the bat that most of these were gotten at the library. You know your thesis is done when you finally return the library books a … More Top Ten Tuesday: Last Ten Books That Came into My Possession

A Person is a Student is a Customer is a Product is a Thing

Ever wonder why universities have marketing departments? Marketing is a tool for profit maximization. Marketing is what you do when you need to increase your target segment, not when your organization, by its nature, sends potential clients away every year. Ever notice how fiercely universities are engaged in brand management? There are special colors and … More A Person is a Student is a Customer is a Product is a Thing