Thanks for showing up and hope you and yours are coping well enough with this enormous disaster.
Assume you're not looking to me for basic information about who to contact, but can do
If semester starts going from bad to worse for you, please communicate whenever you can and together we can try to keep everyone going through December.
Made some adjustments to the course requirements so that we can do our work without adding to misery
cut out a class before midterm (can show)
removed outside research requirement
1st classes--profs want grand preview, get big ideas up front, prepare students for later reinforcement
What students get: sense of personalities, styles, expectations (how much work, what possible pleasures)
not try to do too much, and if it starts to feel that way, I'll refocus.
first historical period where readers feel connected, life like ours, continuity with present
names are somewhat familiar, or they will be the longer you study literature: Poe, Abraham Lincoln, Emily Dickinson
Generation after the Founders, e.g. Hamilton, George Washington, other early presidents
Declaration, Constitution > Lincoln, 13th-15th amendments
syllabus is never finished but continues to be improved or developed--no big changes without warning
instructor has taught course at least a dozen times
doctoral training and dissertation in American Renaissance
course evolves with changing scholarship, changing students, changing times, changing minds
balance instructor's ancient knowledge with students' developing insights and fresh apps
instructor's ancient knowledge:
brief lectures and presentations
terms, objectives, themes linked through website
students' developing insights and fresh applications:
Student presentations & student-led discussions