DH summer update

I wrote last time about how I was taking this summer to brush up on digital humanities basics and even get into a little computer programming. The summer is about halfway through now (it goes by so fast!), so I figure it’s time for an update on what I’ve been doing in this area. I’m […]

Digital Humanities summer plans

So…. I enrolled for a Harvard edX class this summer, titled simply “Introduction to Digital Humanities.” I’m really looking forward to it. Apparently, if you pay a little bit, you can get a certificate saying you completed the class and you get your assignments graded and such, so I’m going to do that. Lifelong learner! […]

End of Spring Semester

Well, I am just about through this academic year that’s been so impacted by Covid. I teach class on Friday and Monday, and after that I’ll just have some grading to do. Woohoo! I’m looking forward to the summer. As usual, I have high ambitions to get a lot done. I’m trying to be realistic […]

Spring semester 2021 on the way…

Happy new year! I’m just about a week away from a new semester and am trying to get organized and get some quality research and writing in before the constant struggle of balancing research and teaching starts up yet again. I thought I’d write a quick update, especially as I’ve really let this blog get […]

Entangled Life

There are many ways to be a plant, and many ways to be a fungus. Merlin Sheldrake, Entangled Life, p. 132 So I’ve been reading Merlin Sheldrake’s first book, which discusses fungi and mushrooms in a pop science sort of way. A colleague of mine describes it as a book that “makes mushrooms sexy.” As […]

Teaching and Research Updates

Well, I’m making it through this Covid-mester. It’s been a challenge, teaching six classes, while trying to get research and writing in, but here I am in Week 12 of the semester, approaching the end with some degree of sanity left. As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m teaching all face-to-face classes (reduced size, […]

Teaching update (Fall 2020)

It’s a new semester, even if it’s another COVID-mester, and that’s exciting for me. I felt like the tedium of my summer job was going to crush me, so I’m really happy to be in the front of the classroom again, doing something I love. My Uni hired me as a full-time Lecturer (non-tenure track) […]

Research and teaching update (midsommar)

July begins! I’m making a little progress on my Botanical Shakespeare contribution, but man, do I miss writing group! Not only for the accountability but also for the privilege of talking through your ideas with peers and getting feedback. Right now, I’m wrestling with joining the concepts of critical plant studies with older discourse about […]

How I spent my summer vacation

Today I just want to write a little about my current schedule and how I’m attempting to work in in research and writing around my part-time job in the Engineering Department. I think describing the process, the day-to-day, is a useful exercise to do every now and then and also potentially useful for others thinking […]

June update

Well, May came and went without an update from me, but here I finally am, at the end of June, checking in. I could say some stuff about Coronavirus, but I won’t. The main point that I’d like to emphasize is that I’d like to reverse the trend of posting infrequently. I want to post […]