Kurt Vonnegut's advice to the young on kindness, computers, community, and the power of great teachers
I haven’t read Vonnegut in years, but when I was a younger, snarkier person, I loved his crazy fiction enough to argue with a respected college professor (who did NOT love Vonnegut’s work) that he was worthy of being included in the canon of “important American writers of the 20th century.” I *think* I won that argument….as for this quotation about teaching, I couldn’t agree more. The current toxic climate of school “reform” in the US is not only threatening our children’s education, it is threatening to unravel our democracy as well. Public education is not just part of the common good—it is the cornerstone of democracy.
Starting April 30, Emory University will be offering a FREE online course on The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Nubia.
The course will last a total of 8 weeks and is taught in English with English subtitles. There is an option of paying $50 for a verified certificate of completion at the end of the course.
Taught by Peter Lacovara, Senior Curator of Ancient Egyptian, Nubian, and Near Eastern Art at Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University, the class will explore the geography and archaeology of Nubia, Egypt’s neighbor to the south and home to a series of remarkable and innovative civilizations. It will cover the period from the earliest inhabitants of the Nile Valley (Paleolithic through Neolithic and domestication of plants and animals), and continue until the advent of Christianity.
For more info and to register, click the link above.
The Michael Carlos Museum is a terrific little collection of artifacts. My son worked there while he did his undergraduate degree at Emory in Ancient Civilizations. Need a question answered about life in Sumeria? Curious about Nile river traditions? Wanna know what Mesopotamian stellae say? He’s your guy.
Name one white southern thing that isn’t completely horrible
She’s born and raised in Pennsylvania. She’s not Southern. She just lives in TN and sings country-pop music.
Grits? Pretty tasty if you like butter and salt.
Notice that every single time Sherlock wakes Joan and makes “suggestions” about what she should wear (all for a good purpose, of course…she needs to hurry and now she doesn’t have to think about what to wear), in the next scene she is NEVER dressed in anything he recommends. Passive-aggressive Joan? Sure, but Sherlock deserves it.
"Subtext," Chapter Five (Tete-a-Tea) now up! The further misadventures of Spock and Uhura as they stumble toward understanding each other…
Beginning in their Academy days and continuing through “Darkness,” a story about two people having trouble with the written word.
From the beginning here.
Chapter Five here.
A reminder that we might be star stuff again some day….
"Subtext," Chapter Four, now up. Two people as smart and talented as Spock and Uhura ought to be great at communicating with each other, right? Think again. When it comes to written messages, they often don’t understand….starting in the Academy days and continuing until "Darkness," a story about the wonders of miscommunication.
Get started with the first chapter here.
Ready for Chapter Four? Go here.
Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home,” an award-winning autobiographical graphic novel about growing up with a closeted gay father and discovering her own homosexuality, was the selected reading for incoming freshmen at The College of Charleston this past year.
To punish the university for selecting a work by a LGBT author, the South Carolina House of Representatives cut their budget by $52,000, the amount spent on the books. The SC Senate takes up the issue in April.
Read more about it here.