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On Teaching: The Unlecturing Toolbox

Studies show that long lectures are ineffective, since the human attention span for lecture-listening is less than 18 minutes – and, honestly, I know this is true of my own attention for all but the best conference presentations. The interdisciplinarity of American Studies allows us to enliven our lectures by presenting songs, short videos, photos, … Continue reading

Commentary: Race, Class, Labor, and the (Not So) Incognito Controversy

I’ve long appreciated how athletics mirror and shape broader social relations (Consider, for instance, C.L.R. James’s Beyond a Boundary, which famously approached cricket as a metonym for colonialism.)  From this standpoint, the recent NFL controversy involving Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and Dolphins guard Richie Incognito presents an entanglement of racial, class, gender, and work dynamics. … Continue reading

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