In addition to teaching, I've been working as a department chair for the past two years. Just this semester, I've gotten used to the hectic pace of the first couple weeks of the semester. My main concerns this week (classes begin Monday) are to staff courses in which adjunct instructors found they couldn't cover those sections only recently and cancelling low enrolled classes. It's the latter that's become difficult this semester.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Since it’s back to school time, I’m reviewing my syllabi in preparation for getting the semester started. Further, yesterday I read through Jason Antrosio’s review of the reader, Applying Anthropology. Subsequently, I’ve decided the spend this post thinking about the mix of readings I plan to use this semester.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Yesterday, my youngest son reached his second birthday. In his honor, I’m following up Holy Semiosis, Batman! with this brief addition. Really though, the real reason i'm writing this post is that once I started thinking in terms of interpretation and semiosis, I couldn’t stop.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Driving to work this morning, the radio was filled with examinations of Paul Ryan's budget proposals. His focus on individualism and his disdain for any kind of meaningful social support systems struck me as fundamentally inhumane, in the broadest sense. I'm not offering any lengthy discussion here, but Ryan's fairy tale vision of a nation brimming with little Horatio Algers being held back by taxes and regulation makes me sick.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
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Friday, August 3, 2012
Every once in awhile, different threads of teaching randomly come together and generate new understandings and ways to communicate to students. In this post, I’ll describe how I found myself weaving together cultural relativism, archaeological method and criticisms of capitalism in ways that fostered my own insight and I hope can be used as teaching tools.