Tag Archives: Teaching Existentialism

On W.E.B. Du Bois, Race, and the Mind’s Architecture

The architecture of the UMass Amherst campus can be forbidding. Aging brick and concrete towers testify to aesthetics best forgotten and a budget crisis impossible to ignore. The building that dominates the campus, and its surrounding landscape, is the rectangular, … Continue reading

Posted in Autobiography / Memoir, Higher Education, Photography, Race, Social Justice, Teaching, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Anguish

This week my existentialism class has been reading Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. To put the work in historical context, I showed my students clips from a film that portrayed Kafka’s unending torment in early twentieth-century Prague, a city suffused with the … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Welcome to the CPL

Sometimes high school students refuse to apply to large universities because they don’t want graduate students teaching them. I’m not sure whether the documentary film “The Parking Lot Movie” would change their minds, but it’s a hell of a lot … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Teaching | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments