These are some items that came into my inbox today and I hope they are helpful:
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum condemns a white nationalist conference for its racist rhetoric held on November 19 at the Ronald Reagan Building just blocks from the Museum. The press release noted that “The Holocaust did not begin with killing; it began with words. The Museum calls on all American citizens, our religious and civic leaders, and the leadership of all branches of the government to confront racist thinking and divisive hateful speech.”
Also considering the power of words, an article in the New York Times, by Professor Sara Lipton, a medieval historian at State University of New York, Stony Brook, is timely and important reading.
The University of Chicago is planning to offer a course on “Trump 101” to understand the election. The course will be taught by Anthropology professor William Mazzarella in the spring of 2017 (depending on student demand). The course addresses “Trumpism as a symptom of our political present. Where are we? How did we get here? Where do we go from here?”
From the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity: We have received numerous requests for a discussion of post-election stress and ways that under-represented faculty can cope with emerging classroom dynamics. So we’ve invited your favorite guest expert on race in the classroom to provide an open Q&A session. Bring your questions and concerns for Professor Chavella Pittman on Thursday, December 8 at 2pm ET.
Stephen Kuusisto, on the Academe blog, has a very useful posting, “Teaching in the Age of Trump” that includes a lengthy list of books that he says “highlight the radicalism of what, for lack of a better term I’m calling compassionate irony. These poets, non-fictionists and fiction writers are assembled here in no discernible order—their work has come to me as I’ve walked in the public square. The public square is a steeper place now.”
And, on a similar note and because we all need to take our brains out for a walk, the Literary Hub blog has compiled 50 Necessary Books for Your Anger and Your Action,” including noteworthy fiction, non-fiction and poetry. These works both soothes and agitates, but they’re all always worth reading.
From a Facebook post: “The Pence-Hamilton controversy presents a great opportunity to weave into a class lesson plan in all sorts of disciplines. For example, a Duke U. emeritus Classics prof contributed an essay to our city paper. The angle he took was Trump’s tweet that the theatre is a safe place. Let’s put irony aside–Trump has assailed “sanctuary” cities for the undocumented and college campuses for trying to be safe havens for minorities from potentially offensive speakers. The prof’s contention was that the theatre has never been a “safe” place, even for royalty. He uses this hook to interest us in Classic Greek plays and their playwrights tweaking the sensibilities of an Athenian businessman in 5th century BC.”
And finally, because the going will get rough, here’s a blog posting on how to write an anti-authoritarian academic code of conduct.