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Month: April 2018

Dis/ability

Dis/ability

On April 19, Philip Gaines posted a letter from a concerned student to the column ‘Social Qs’ at the NYTimes: I am a student at a small liberal arts college. My friend takes a required psychology class with me. But she has acute autism, so when we take exams, she goes into another room, by herself, to take them. She recently told me that when she takes these tests, she uses her notes to do better. This hardly seems fair to…

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Experience

Experience

It’s ten years this year since I first launched Museums, Monuments, and Memory, a course in which fifteen upper-level students collaboratively design, construct, populate, and staff an exhibition on a topic I reveal to them on the first day of class. It’s one of my favorite classes to teach, experiential to its core, and collaborative in a way that few history classes get to be. The anniversary of that first exhibition has me reflective, as does recently seeing someone on…

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