James McAdams: You mentioned in your March 4th keynote address to the 2nd annual Lehigh LSJ Conference a certain moment in time (circa 2004-2008) where social media and various open access publishing platforms manifested a “technoutopianism” where the spirit of sharing, collaboration, and community was, in fact, “real,” before being co-opted by economic forces, trolls, ads, etc. Could you mention an example or two of inspirational Public Humanities (PH) or Digital Humanities (DH) work during […]
Recently, current Lehigh English Department Ph.D. candidates and sole staffers of ‘Merica Magazine Ed Simon (Editor and Founder) and Wade Linebaugh (Assistant Editor) sat down to discuss their joint venture, graduate school, public humanities, and the finer points of laundry etiquette. Their banter has been edited for length and clarity. WL: So the properly ‘merican thing to do would be to start with our origin myth, right? What made the whole thing start?
When I first stepped foot on Lehigh’s campus six years ago, I was only a high school student entranced by the mere thought of starting college. Yet, somehow on that day I was able to set aside my apprehensions over SAT scores, Common App questions, and letters of recommendations. I was able to forget about all of those things because I was completely distracted by the beauty of the campus. The fact that I’m writing […]
April is an exciting month here in Drown as we wrap up the academic year with a Literature and Social Justice visiting lecture, more pedagogy workshops, a transferable skills panel, and a number of dissertation defenses. As Dashielle suggested in her recent post, one way to deal with mid-semester stress and anxiety is to get out into your community to celebrate (and stress!) with them. Whether you need the teaching boost of a pedagogy workshop, […]
Midway through the semester, I often hit a concrete wall. The fatigue and the stress of the first half of the semester builds up and it’s increasingly difficult to balance the demands of teaching with my own research. Anxiety and depression are a ubiquitous part of grad school. Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno wrote a lovely piece for Drown Unbound on this topic just last month, and this issue is so prevalent that GradHacker, the grad-centric blog for The […]