The first semester has come and gone. Frankly, I can hardly believe how much work has been accomplished by my students. Admittedly, I'm a bit stunned by how much I have managed to complete as well. The students read amazing literature, wrote copious amounts of prose, and many even presented in front of their class—all great stuff getting them engaged in reading and in the world around them. I have reviewed all that work, read some mind-blowing works of theory such as Zygmunt Bauman's Modernity and the Holocaust, and have begun completely revising my dissertation in line with my advisor's recommendations. Needless to say, it has been quite a semester.
Now, the second semester starts this coming week. I have a lot on my plate as one term finishes and the next begins all over the course of a weekend. My students can look forward to a demanding but engaging work load ahead of them. One that likes to lead by example, I am aiming for a complete draft of my revised dissertation by the Ides of March. As the traditional date for settling debts, it feels like an appropriate self-imposed deadline.
My seniors are about to read Ceremony by Leslie Mormon Silko. I'm eager to dive into that text anew, particularly as I am in the middle of reading through Charles Mann's 1491. My juniors are going to read The Sun Also Rises by Earnest Hemingway and I'm interested to see what this generation thinks of Hemingway's American machismo. Finally, the sophomores are diving into the horrors of the Holocaust with Night by Elie Wiesel.
Amidst this engaging but hectic schedule of reading and writing, our son heads back to his swim team practices in the coming weeks, is still rocking out on the drums, and is now taking a serious interest in rock climbing.
Here I come second semester!