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Month: December 2019

My Experiment in #UnGrading

My Experiment in #UnGrading

A long time ago a couple of my colleagues and I in the history department were talking with a professor in the School of Education. He worked closely with our students who sought the certification and credentialing that would allow them to teach social studies in New York schools.  He mentioned one of our students, who he said was one of the best natural teachers he ever had seen.  No one, he said, had been so effective at so young…

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HISTORY 262: Indigenous Law and Public Policy, Spring 2020 Syllabus

HISTORY 262: Indigenous Law and Public Policy, Spring 2020 Syllabus

The spring semester begins in just under a month, but the syllabus is ready and the book orders are in. I find this an immensely challenging course to teach. Because it focuses so heavily on current events, I find myself constantly changing the course readings. To keep up with the scholarship emerging across several academic disciplines, as well as reports from organizations and institutions, and some excellent journalism in far-flung publications, is difficult. But I find the course a rewarding…

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What You Need To Read, December 2019

What You Need To Read, December 2019

Alas, December is here. Finals are approaching. The winter storm is moving east. Here is your quarterly bibliography, bringing together the things I have added to my reading list over the course of the past few months. Enjoy, and if you think there is something I have missed, on this or the other quarterly bibliographies, feel free to let me know. Arvin, Maile Renee. Possessing Polynesians: The Science of Settler Colonial Whiteness in Hawai’i and Oceania, (Durham: Duke University Press,…

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