Graduate School Meditations · Professional Development

Dramaturgy with Santa Cruz Shakespeare: Public Humanities Summer Fellowship

Among the many ways they contribute to humanities research and graduate education, The Humanities Institute (THI) at UCSC offers a funding opportunity for graduate students to develop a public humanities project coordinated with a nonprofit public organization to expand their own understanding of humanities work in communities and to gain vital professional and non-academic experience.… Continue reading Dramaturgy with Santa Cruz Shakespeare: Public Humanities Summer Fellowship

Graduate School Meditations · Professional Development

Self and Society Through Film: TA Reflections

This course, which I joined as a Teaching Assistant, presented students with a set of texts and concepts that urged them to think critically about the relationships of self and society with our particular media culture in mind.  The course moved thorough key texts in existential philosophy, popular texts that present arguments about media technology,… Continue reading Self and Society Through Film: TA Reflections

Graduate School Meditations · Professional Development

Exhibiting the Trianon Press Archive

Songs of Labor and Transcendence: The Trianon Press Archive The second phase of my work with the The Elisabeth Remak-Honnef Center for Archival Research and Training (CART) at UCSC's McHenry Library Special Collections involved producing a physical and digital exhibit of the Trianon Press Archive.  You can find more information about what the Trianon Press… Continue reading Exhibiting the Trianon Press Archive

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Jane the Virgin: TA Reflections

Being a Teaching Assistant (TA) for "Jane the Virgin: Latinx Readers and the (Latin) American Literature," a 300 person course that examined Latin American literature and popular culture through the lens of a popular dramedy, was a fun experience.  The CW series Jane the Virgin centers on a young writer who triumphs despite becoming accidentally artificially… Continue reading Jane the Virgin: TA Reflections

Graduate School Meditations · Professional Development

Archiving the Trianon Press: Center for Archival Research and Training Fellowship

What is the Trianon Press Archive? In operation from  the 1950's-1980's, Trianon Press was a fine arts press based in Paris.  The Press was run by Arnold Fawcus, a former combat ski-instructor and counter espionage intelligence officer turned fine art book-maker.  The Press is best known for their work under the William Blake Trust making… Continue reading Archiving the Trianon Press: Center for Archival Research and Training Fellowship

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Latina/o/x Expressions in (U.S.) American Literature: TA Reflections

This course surveyed the work of living Latina/o/x writers primarily in the U.S.  We read memoirs, novels, graphic memoirs, poems, watched films, listened to music, and engaged a diverse set of texts by authors such as Daisy Hernández, Gloria Anzaldúa, Junot Díaz, Juan Felipe Herrera, and Alberto Ledesma.  As a Teaching Assistant in this course,… Continue reading Latina/o/x Expressions in (U.S.) American Literature: TA Reflections

Graduate School Meditations · Professional Development

Communicating Professionally as a Graduate Student

In the Fall of 2018, I was part of the inaugural cohort who successfully completed the UCSC Graduate Division's Professional Communication Certificate Program.  I want to share (and remember) some of the most important concepts that I took away from this experience.  Participating in this program, or in programs with similar goals and deliverables at… Continue reading Communicating Professionally as a Graduate Student

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Writing the Future: TA Reflections

Another quarter and another new TA dynamic.  This summer I worked with Porter College students in a class on SF.  We read Shelley, Wells, Miller, Delaney, Delillo, and a few short stories.  More new territory for me, in some ways.  This class had students in many places in their educational experience from graduating seniors to… Continue reading Writing the Future: TA Reflections

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Classical Mythology: TA Reflections

An exciting and last minute switch at the start of the Spring 2018 quarter landed me in new territory in many ways.  I joined seven other Teaching Assistants (TAs) as a graduate facilitator for two sections of a 400 person mega-lecture on Classical Mythology.  We covered texts by Apollodorus, Ovid, Hesiod, Sophocles, Euripedes, and Plato.… Continue reading Classical Mythology: TA Reflections