This first week’s blog post is, as I explained in class Wednesday, an introduction of yourself to us. You decide what you’d like to share and how you’d like to present it. I’ve produced one that is pasted at the bottom of this “assignment.”
I encourage you to present your introduction of yourself as a post to the blog. If instead you present it as a response to (comment on) my post, I’ll assume that means you tried to post but it didn’t work and we need to spend some more time in class on Monday going over the steps of posting.
First, though, please head over to the Dashboard (see “Get Blogging!” in the menu bar if this doesn’t make sense) and update your profile so we see your name, not your official username, with your post. In the left hand menu, it’s the third category up from the bottom (Users: Your Profile).
After tonight’s 8pm deadline, please read around, getting to know your fellow classmates.
Some things about me:
I’ve been teaching at CofC since 2000. Prior to that, I taught college in Los Angeles and in Portland, Oregon, which is my chosen hometown. I return whenever I can, and will be running the 40th Portland Marathon there in October (my 2nd). I’m a medievalist but that hardly means I find medieval literature and culture vastly more interesting than anything else. Though I fell for Chaucer my very first semester as an English major (having been a Bio major, then a Soc major before that) and went to grad school expecting to specialize in medieval literature, I was very nearly lured away by James Joyce and by the American 1890s. Now, I love contemporary British literature, in particular. I’m also quite a pop culture fan, currently engrossed by True Blood and Weeds and catching up on It’s Always Sunny, eagerly awaiting the return of Beavis & Butthead. (Really.) My favorite film of late is Beginners, which I can’t recommend strongly enough. I’ll be seeing the Flaming Lips again when they’re here this Fall and really miss all the shows I got to see in Portland. On the rare occasion that Modest Mouse, my favorite band of the late 90s and early 00s, comes to town, I always seem to be elsewhere.
This summer I spent writing two articles that are very nearly finished (the deadline for one is tomorrow) and training in the heat for my upcoming race. I took a week off to head to the UK to visit my in-laws in Devon (staying in Dartmouth, more specifically) and hanging out in London, where I spent my senior year of college studying abroad, and took a quick weekend trip to DC.
You can find out a few more things about me on my home page.
Ask questions! I really enjoy hearing what they are.