Category Archives: Teaching

Why do Lands’ End and L.L. Bean have the same cover?

That weird synchronicity that saw A Bug’s Life and Antz released just a month apart in fall 1998 strikes again. Look at these two catalogs we just received in the mail. (My husband’s eagle eye caught this.) How did this … Continue reading

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Grohmann Museum Rooftop Garden, February

If I have a small class, I’ll occasionally take my students up to the rooftop sculpture garden on a warm spring day. We carry benches from all corners to sit together for discussion. To keep track of our time, we need merely glance over … Continue reading

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How to disable “related” videos at the end of embedded YouTube clips

Yesterday I posted on my newfound knowledge about how to specify the starting and ending points in an embedded YouTube video.  I was pretty excited to be able to play just a 40-second segment of video from the middle of … Continue reading

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Random thoughts on time, nostalgia and the human experience

This photo taken on my way to work doesn’t do it justice. but the sun looked really eerie here, like a science fiction movie.  As you can see, the light was directed upward, while the ground below was in shadows.  And … Continue reading

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How Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer teaches like a humanities professor

As yesterday’s 59–0 Ohio State victory over Wisconsin shows, something is working very well in the Ohio State coaching strategy.  A story in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal provides some insight into what that might be. “Taking the Buckeyes to School” talks about how … Continue reading

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Bruno Mars—as you’ve (probably) never seen him!

I’m teaching contemporary literature this quarter at Milwaukee School of Engineering, and the text we’re discussing this coming week is literally hot off the presses—”The Flick,” which is the play that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama last spring and … Continue reading

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Delta’s “Innovation Class” makes flying meaningful

I just stumbled across Delta’s “Innovation Class” program.  What a truly innovative ( 🙂 ) idea!  Which is this: you can apply to sit next to a really cool person who is flying somewhere, usually to a conference or similar event … Continue reading

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