PALS Summer 2020 Post Retrospective

During the Before Times, academic summer, running roughly between the start of May and the week after Labor Day, represented a sparse time for PALS site viewership. Yes, we do share new pieces during the summer, but the posts don't always receive the same viewership as posts published outside of academic summer. One great thing … Continue reading PALS Summer 2020 Post Retrospective

Black Lives Matter: Be an Ally in the Classroom

Statement of Support Black Lives Matter.  PALS celebrates the lives of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, among so many others whose lives were tragically taken due to racism in the US. We mourn with the people who knew and loved them.  We condemn the police officers who murdered Taylor and Floyd. We acknowledge that their … Continue reading Black Lives Matter: Be an Ally in the Classroom

Cookbooks Not Novels

I have kept a running list of things students have called novels: plays, essays, articles, both primary and secondary sources of all sorts, poems, textbooks, memoirs, and cookbooks. Given how often I teach cookbooks in the scope of the American Literary tradition I have perhaps encountered this term-swapping with “cookbooks” at a disproportionate rate. Before … Continue reading Cookbooks Not Novels

Fostering Complexity in the Age of Oversimplification: Teaching American Culture in 90 Minutes or Less, Part One

We are pleased to have a guest post this week from Theresa Dietrich. Dietrich is currently a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Norway and writes about her experience planning lessons for classes she will only meet once. How do you teach students about a topic in one class period? Dietrich shares two examples below and … Continue reading Fostering Complexity in the Age of Oversimplification: Teaching American Culture in 90 Minutes or Less, Part One

Fulbright Workshop: Black Lives Matter, Part Two

In Part One of the discussion about teaching Black Lives Matter, I wrote about how I planned for the Black Lives Matter workshop and considered the discussions I both was and wasn't prepared for when beginning to teach about race in the U.S. in Norway. In this part, I will outline some of the ways … Continue reading Fulbright Workshop: Black Lives Matter, Part Two

Fulbright Workshop: Black Lives Matter, Part One

In Part One of a discussion about my time teaching about Black Lives Matter in Norway, I will provide a look at how I approach teaching race in Norway. Some of the questions that come up are quite similar to comments I have had about race in the U.S. and in other ways, a European … Continue reading Fulbright Workshop: Black Lives Matter, Part One