I have now been teaching at UBC for ten years. I’ve taught in 43 classrooms; some of them for more than one course, and some of them for courses that were in a different room for every class in a week. Another two will be added to the list in the coming academic year. It is time for some reviewing. (more…)
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Reading (and) comics, medievalised: notes from the last—“meta”—week of FREN 336, a class on bande dessinée, in French.
This was a second curious beast of an experimental course this year. Its first half and compulsory readings focused on Belgian comics (and as Belgian cultural expression). The second part, like MDVL301A in the first term this year, was centred on student group presentations. We have all done a lot of extremely sophisticated high-end top-class reading. We’re now into the final week, and Going All-Out Meta.
This is the story of an actual real live damsel in distress in a tower. It contains little amusement and is lugubriously and long-windedly serious.
I realised today that I could have written a very much shorter and punchier statement. This is it.
I will advocate for quiet.
Slightly longer version:
Faculty, like any other workers, ought to have decent working conditions. Our workplace should be a place of calm, comfort, and collegiality. That is in the interests of health, safety, a respectful environment, and wellbeing. Our particular kind of work and its particular primary purpose is teaching, research, and (their conjunction as interactive) learning. Work of the mind depends on a precious resource which is currently rare at UBC, without which our work is made more difficult, and in such a way as to drain and damage us. This essential resource is quiet, and I will advocate for urgent investment in it to be a University priority.