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A lot of fiction in my classes this fall

It’s still a week until June yet I’ve completed all syllabi for the fall. It’s the earliest ever that I’ve done, all the more surprising because I will have three different courses rather than the usual two preps. True, I’d taught them before: Great Books I for four times; Great Books V: Special Topics for the first time this past semester; and the first-year seminar (FYS) Asian Immigrants in America three years ago. However, I have overhauled the last two courses so much that they are virtually new ones. The biggest difference has to do with reading lists. While Great Books I remains largely the same, Great Books V sees a list of mostly new readings and the FYS has an entirely new list.

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My students on Christine de Pizan & Julian of Norwich & St. Perpetua

This student had done an art recreation of Julius Caesar for Great Books I during Fall 2021. This semester she recreated this painting of a late-medieval woman, reproduced on the cover of an Oxford’s World Classics edition of Revelations of Divine Love
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Course evaluations on small groups & office hours during Zoom instruction

Thus far I’ve taught six classes (four preps) fully online: two over last summer and four over the fall semester. Because creating community in the classroom is central to my teaching philosophy, the following student comment was the most pleasing among the evals of six courses: “Even over Zoom he is able to create a community-feel in our Great Books class.”

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Letter essays from my students on Austen’s Persuasion

An illustration from an edition of Austen’s novels and letters published in 1906.
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Kinh điển: Hài kịch Lão Lừa Tartuffe của Molière

Vở kịch trình bày bởi công ty South Coast Repertory ở Quận Cam, Nam Cali năm 2014.
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Quarantine art from my students

Rothman fun #1
Hector saying goodbye to his wife and son before returning to the battlefield. Left: Painting by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, 1812. Right: Quarantine recreation by a student, her parents, and their puppy, 2020.

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Prof. Motivator: Remote instruction during COVID-19

home studio
Annotated scene of the makeshift studio for mini-lectures. Scroll down for more photos.

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YouTube & iMovie for remote instruction

For the U.S. history survey, I’ve completed the first handful of mini-lectures. They run for 7-11 minutes each, and here is a three-minute sampling.

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The IGEA workshop and the Teaching Professor conference


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