TTh 3:00-4:15 p.m., Shingleton Hall 8

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

That Educational-Emotional Breakdown

Great discussion in our last class on how our study can change our lives... and those of others by our example (if they're willing). Let's keep talking about how literature--and art in general--can change the world. The idea is central to postcolonial studies.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Want to Recognize an Exemplary SU Teacher?

Has an SU professor helped you expand your learning? Made a difference in your life? Taught you to view the world in a new way? If so, why not nominate that professor for an Exemplary Teaching Award? For the past 20 years, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) has presented The Exemplary Teacher Award each year to one SU faculty member. This year’s award will be presented at the Commencement Ceremony on Saturday May 11, 2013.

Specific criteria are determined by Shenandoah University within the following broad general guidelines: excellence in teaching; civility and concern for students and colleagues; commitment to value-centered education; and service to students, the institution, and the community. To nominate an outstanding professor, submit an email letter to Dr. Rodney Bragdon <> within the next week or 10 days. The letter should explain the ways in which the professor meets these criteria:

  • Must be a full-time SU faculty member, but not necessarily a member of the United Methodist Church.
  • Must have an exceptional reputation as a teacher in terms of knowledge of the subject, course organization, clarity of instruction, and availability to students.
  • Is expected to contribute to the welfare of Shenandoah University and to the greater community.
  • Is expected to show interest in scholarly and professional achievement. Recitals and lectures before learned societies are considered on an equal footing with publications, research, application of professional expertise, or postgraduate study.
  • Should demonstrate reasonable concern for student welfare in areas beyond the academic.
  • Collegiality in the candidate shall be defined as cooperation with and respect for colleagues even when there is basis for debate.

Monday, February 25, 2013

David's Story Quiz for Monday, February 25th

David's Story cover
Please answer the following quiz questions in a comment to this post. You will begin work in class today. This quiz is open-book, open-notes, open-library, and open for discussion with classmates. You may use Internet sources only if they are online scholarly journals; online scholarly books; or online scholarly collections that end in .gov or .edu. You must cite all sources you use to complete this quiz both in text and in a list of Works Cited at the end of your answers. Collaborations of no more than two classmates will be accepted if both authors' names appear in those comments. This assignment counts as two participation grades. Answers #1-4 are due by class time on Wednesday, 2/27. Answers #5-8 and the Extra Credit are due by class time on Friday, 3/1. Be prepared to discuss the questions, answers, and their significances to the entire novel.
  1. What does David do to the hit list he finds?
  2. What happens during Dulcie's nightly visitations?
  3. What does the narrator practice doing at malls?
  4. Why?
  5. Who is Ouma Ragel's father?
  6. What industry does Thomas try to hire David to join?
  7. Why does David delve so deeply into Le Fleur/Griqua research?
  8. Why does the narrator abandon the narrative?
Extra Credit (1 point): What South African government policy did Andrew Le Fleur's goal of a separate Griqua homeland prefigure?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Want to Learn About Graduate School and Eat Free Pizza?

Virginia Tech Graduate Center
Attention ALL SU students! Did you ever wonder about graduate school but didn't know how to find out.... How much does it cost? Are there scholarships? How do I apply?  What programs would make sense for me?  What kind of job could I get afterward?

Next Friday, March 1st, at 5:00 p.m., in HHH 222 are the time and place for answers.

Representatives from the Virginia Tech Graduate School will be in Halpin-Harrison Hall, room 222, next Friday, March 1, at 5:00 p.m., to answer your questions about graduate school over free pizza. Click here for a list of Tech's graduate programsSU faculty will also be on hand to answer any other questions.

All SU students from any major and any academic level are invited. Questions? Email Dr. Michelle Brown at or visit me in Henkel 218.

Friday, February 22, 2013

More on Racism and White Privilege

Thanks for a great discussion in class today on racism and white privilege in apartheid era South Africa (as depicted in David's Story) and in the contemporary United States. Classmate Danielle Furr reminded me of Peggy McIntosh's great list of white privileges in her paper "Unpacking Your Invisible Knapsack." Here's McIntosh's list, with thanks to Danielle for supplying it. Let's continue this conversation. In the meantime, take note of McIntosh's list. How many items of privilege do you carry around without even thinking about them?

SU Global Film Festival

Background on Saartjie Baartman

Video poem by DeDe Hunt

Trailer for the film Black Venus, about Ms. Baartman

How does gaining a better understanding of Sara Baartman through these clips enhance our understanding of gender- and race-based themes in Zoe Wicomb's novel David's Story?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Writing Assignment on David's Story and Witness to Apartheid, a film by Sharon Sopher

How do these clips from the film Witness to Apartheid inform your reading of Zoe Wicomb's David's Story? Submit a 2 paragraph comment to this post by midnight, February 20.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

International Journalist Elizabeth Colton at SU on 2/21

Dr. Elizabeth Colton
Photo: American Committee
on Foreign Relations

Dr. Elizabeth Colton will speak on Thursday, February 21 at 4:00 p.m. in the Byrd Board Room. She will also speak during Dr. Gina Daddario's 2:00 class in HHH 107, which is open to anyone on campus.

Dr. Colton's talk is titled "Diplomacy and the Media: At Home in the World's Hot-Spots."

Dr. Colton taught at the Department of Mass Communication at Shenandoah in the 1990s. She left in 2000 and joined the Foreign Service where she worked as an Officer and Spokesperson at the American Embassy in Riyadh, Algiers, Khartoum, Baghdad and Islamabad.

Before the Foreign Service and Shenandoah, she worked for ABC News, NPR, NBC News, etc. Finally, remember those Iraqi soldiers in the Gulf War who surrendered to a journalist? She was that journalist.

This talk will be of especial interest to students with an interest in international politics, journalism, and the Foreign Service.

Monday, February 11, 2013

V-Day + 1 = One Billion Rising

This Friday, February 15th, at 1:30 p.m. in the Brandt Student Center, the Women's Studies Program at Shenandoah, the student women's group LIBERATE, and numerous faculty and students are sponsoring ONE BILLION RISING, an event to raise awareness of the fact that one in three women and girls are raped or beaten in their lifetimes. Statistically, that's one billion people worldwide. Will you rise with us? Thanks to Maddie Newell for a great documentary!