Adventures in the New Humanities: We’re in the Zone, but it’s The Twilight Zone (St. Olaf College)

St. Olaf College: Adventures in the New Humanities: We’re in the Zone, but it’s The Twilight Zone. “Everyone I’ve talked to is nervous/worried/scared. The very thought of teaching seems considerably more daunting than it did last spring. Last spring was an improvised endeavor; this fall we had ample time to plan. Expectations are high. One need only communicate with a first-year student to read, or hear, or virtually see that they are exclamation-point and squeaky-voiced excited. Returning students are looking forward to returning and hoping for a version of what Warren G. Harding might have called ‘normalcy,’ even though they too might be hearing eerie music in their heads. And we, despite all our fears, concerns, worries, and insecurities, have high expectations for ourselves. As an institution, we have always taken teaching seriously, but in the Twilight Zone of what The New York Times calls the ‘strangest year,’ there is no normalcy, only shifting sands.”

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