Ellen Moore, “Grateful Nation: Student Veterans and the Rise of the Military-Friendly Campus” (Duke UP, 2017)
I don’t know about the colleges and universities you’re familiar with, but the U.S. military has a pretty visible presence on my campus—through the ROTC, a newly remodeled Veterans Resource Center, and the student veterans themselves who enroll in my classes each semester. So I was immediately intrigued when I... Read More
Janelle Adsit, “Toward an Inclusive Creative Writing” (Bloomsbury, 2017)
Today, we’re talking to Janelle Adsit about her book, Toward an Inclusive Creative Writing (Bloomsbury, 2017). In it, Adsit takes a hard look at the way American colleges and universities teach creative writing. What do students who enter creative-writing classrooms encounter as these young people hope to discover who they... Read More
Alex Bentley and Michael O’Brien, “The Acceleration of Cultural Change: From Ancestors to Algorithms” (MIT Press, 2017)
Our evolutionary success, according to co-authors Alex Bentley and Michael O’Brien, lies in our ability to acquire cultural wisdom and teach it to the next generation. Today, we follow social media bots as much as we learn from our ancestors. We are radically changing the way culture evolves. In The... Read More
James W. Loewen, “Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History” (Teachers College Press, 2018)
In an atmosphere filled with social media and fake news, history is more important than ever. But, what do you really know about history? In the second edition of his book, Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited About Doing History (Teachers College... Read More
Joshua Eyler, “How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching” (West Virginia UP, 2018)
What is learning? There is a robust body of literature that seeks to tell us what the most effective classroom techniques and strategies are, but Joshua Eyler goes further. In his new book How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching (West Virginia UP, 2018), Eyler digs deeply... Read More