“So as to give them courage we must teach people to be shocked by themselves.”

Monthly Archives: November 2011

One of these things is not like the others


Any thoughts?

Behind the Rainbow (HUM415)

If you’d like some quick background to South Africa’s post-Apartheid fortunes you could do worse than consult the documentary Behind the Rainbow, which is currently available on instant view @ Netflix.


Final Papers (HUM225/415/455)

Final paper assignments have been up for a couple of days now. I’d strongly recommend starting them as soon as possible. If you have practical questions about the assignment, submit them to this post please. If you would like to send me a topic or discuss ideas feel free to email me. Have a great break.

You Can Leave

On Friday, at the order of UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi, campus police gassed students. I leave it to you to decide how these images make you feel. But be sure to watch this clip to the end.

Nathan Brown, professor of English, responds with an open letter demanding Katehi’s resignation:

Lt. John Pike, the officer who gassed the students, can be reached at

Linda Katehi, current though perhaps not future chancellor of UC Davis, can be reached at

Occupy Education

SFSU alumni Todd Chretien, now a UCSC grad student, @Occupy Education rally:


Baghdad? No. Occupy Chapel Hill in N.C.

Song of Solomon (HUM225)

Love Is Strong as Death
Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness,
leaning upon her beloved?
I raised thee up under the apple tree:
there thy mother brought thee forth;
there she brought thee forth that bare thee.

Rocinha (HUM455)

Rocinha, the largest favela in Latin America:


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