Painting Bohemian Lives: Absinthe, Ideology, and the Politics of Urban Life, HIST 3548; Fall 2014
This digital humanities course examines the emergence of bohemian culture through a study of gender, race, class, and nationalism in modernity. With a wide-ranging chronological and geographical scope, the selected bohemias represent diverse spatial, aesthetic, economic, political, and social histories. This class will also look at the urban spaces where bohemian culture is found, analysing its intersections with bourgeois and marginal cultures. Students will study primary source documents, secondary texts, and graphic novels. Students will maintain a website, create interactive maps and other digital content, record oral histories, and actively use social media to explore bohemian cultures found in New York City.
Understanding Historical Change: Early Modern Europe, or, Murder! Treason! Equality! and Terror!, HIST 1075.; Spring 2013
This course focuses on European history from the “Renaissance” through the French Revolution. Themes covered will include: colonialism; human rights; national identity and its construction; conflicts between ideals of liberalism and conservatism; mercantilism, capitalism, anarchism; race; genders and sexualities; conflicts between ideals of political control of the many vs. political control of the few; and questions about the construction of social classes. Supplementary texts include primary sources, films and scholarly articles.
Understanding Historical Change: Modern Europe, HIST 1000; Spring 2012, Fall 2012 (2 sections), Fall 2014, Spring 2015
This course considers European history since just before the French Revolution. Analysing European cities and visual culture, primary themes covered will include: national identity and its construction; conflicts between ideals of liberalism and conservatism; capitalism and those of planned economies; race; genders and sexualities; (post)colonialism; and questions about European identity. Supplementary texts include primary sources, films and scholarly articles.
Composition and Rhetoric II: Bohemians, Beats, Hippies, Punk Rockers! & Millennials, ENG 1102; Fall 2013, Spring 2014
Composition and Rhetoric II: Writing the New York Underground, ENG 1102; Spring 2016
This is an intensive course in expository writing that aims to teach you to write effectively by using correct grammar, sound logic, and persuasive rhetoric. Though we will read and discuss writing by a variety of authors, your own writing will be the primary focus in this class.Through your writing, revision, reading, and class discussion, you will analyse the relationship between writing and thinking. To aid you in this endeavour, this course will introduce you to various research techniques, including the use of the library, the conventions and principles of documentation, the art of synthesis, and the analysis of sources.With the primary focus of the course being bettering students’ rhetorical and logical skills, the class will focus on bohemian and youth cultures in modernity, debating issues of gender, race, class, nationalism, consumer culture and technology.
- “Notebooks for Dialogue: Creating the Student-Driven, Student-Centred Class Discussion,” Graduate Student Association Pedagogy Series, Fordham University, December 2015.
- “Difficult Topics in the Harlem Renaissance: Analyzing and Discussing Race, Gender, Sexuality, and All that Jazz,” Workshop for Middle School and High School Teachers, Museum of the City of New York, November 2015
- “Accessing History: Working through the Issues of the Present when looking at the Past,” Museum of the City of New York, November 2015.
- “The Rectification of Names: A Teach-In on Torture, Human Rights, and Restorative Justice”, Moderator and Coordinator, Fordham University, March 2015.
- “Teaching Digital IRL: Trials of a Millennial Teaching Millennials”, Co-sponsored by the Fordham Graduate Student Digital Humanities Group and GSAS Futures, Fordham University, February 2015.
- “How to Read a Newspaper: Bias, Objectivity and Subjectivity”, Fordham Gabelli School of Business Management Society, Fordham University, November 2014.
- “Poetas por km²: Book Binding with Meninas Cartoneras”, workshop on book binding and the materiality of the book, Fordham University, May 2014.
- “Augmented Reality-Infused Pedagogy: Making Social Media Relevant in the Classroom,” Digital Humanities + Pedagogy: A Workshop, Fordham University, April 2014.