Graduate School Meditations · Professional Development

Literature and Photography: TA Reflections

This course surveyed the literature of photography: essays, letters, theories, and books devoted to the subject.  It also surveyed photography as a subject of literature and as a part of storytelling.  It is hard to say more (though I loved the class), because on many levels it felt frivolous to go on as usual. This… Continue reading Literature and Photography: TA Reflections

Graduate School Meditations · Professional Development

Space / Time: American Literature in the World: TA Reflections

This course centered on the the concepts of space, time, and language in American literature.  By doing so, it considered the ways certain texts challenge the boundaries of the national literature by having complex relationships to different places, different times, and different languages.  The texts dealt with the idea of revolution. One was a novel… Continue reading Space / Time: American Literature in the World: TA Reflections

Graduate School Meditations · Professional Development

Cat People, Zombies, and Body Snatchers: Classic Horror from the End of the Studio System: TA Reflections

This class surveyed the body of films produced by Val Lewton at RKO studios from 1942-1946.  The course included the complete Lewton filmography but was centered on the Lewton unit's horror films. Pictured above is Jacqueline (Jean Brooks) from The Seventh Victim (1943).  The course was supplemented with optional "Binge" films that further contextualized the… Continue reading Cat People, Zombies, and Body Snatchers: Classic Horror from the End of the Studio System: TA Reflections

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

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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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