Kerouacking the Classroom and Talmudic-Style Annotation of Poetry

I teach a final year seminar called America With[out] Borders, and among the required readings are long poems by Lorna Dee Cervantes and Claudia Rankine. I have taught Cervantes’s “Bananas” and “Coffee” in other modules previously, but have rarely been satisfied with the lectures. These are challenging poems that require deep, well-researched readings. Students rarely enter … Read more

Teaching Philosophy

*I decided that posting my Teaching Philosophy here is long overdue, so below is the most up-to-date version as of 15th December 2016* From day one my students are asked to define themselves as public scholars whose contributions are not just part of “making the grade,” but also a means of breaking down the fourth … Read more