Monday, October 2, 2017

Rousseau's Ribbon Story

As part of my introduction to Rousseau, I retell his "ribbon story."  I have to shorten things up quite a bit, and my cartoon version may be a bit misleading.  Please read the original version of the ribbon story and
compare it to the version of the story I told in class.  How does reading the original version of the story add to your impressions of Rousseau?  Do you find yourself more sympathetic to him or less sympathetic to him?  Does the version of the story I told you in class seem close enough to the original, or do you think that students definitely should read the original version and draw their own conclusions?

How to Slay a Dragon--Or at Least Keep from Being Toasted

Skim through any portion of Dragons, History Professors, and Other Hazards of College Life that you have not yet read, and read more carefully the last two chapters.   Of the advice given in these chapters, does anything surprise you? Of the familiar principles, what seems to you to be particularly worth reinforcing?

Monday, September 11, 2017

Readings, Exams, Papers

The students in this class did a particularly nice job with theater games, so I am going to skip over some of the other study-skills material and spend some of Wednesday' class time further exploring theater games as a learning technique.

The study skills material is all well-covered in the Dragons book.  It would be good if you would read  Units V, VI, and VII of Dragons before the Wednesday, September 13 class session.

These chapters offer advice on how to approach college reading assignments, exams, and papers.  If you were Polonius and trying to give advice to a son or daughter headed off to college, what bit of advice from these chapters would you be most likely to include? Why? [Remember: Polonius' advice usually sounds good, but it isn't necessarily all that helpful....though it might be!]

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Get Involved--New Opportunities

Please remember that, as part of your work for IDL 190, you should be participating in campus activities.  It will make my record keeping easier if you could add comments here each time you participate in a campus event.  Just note the activity you attended, and what you enjoyed (or didn't enjoy) about that activity.

Lots of opportunities for "get involved" credit this week and next. The first Jazz and Chess session will be held Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. in the NSU Dining Hall.  Also, the NSU Chess Club will be hosting a tournament at the Red Rooster (downtown Aberdeen) this Friday (September) from 4-8 p.m.

Coming up Wednesday, September 13 is the first Noon Forum session of the year.  Dr. Ken Blanchard and Dr. Jon Schaff will be doing a special Constitution Day presenation (A Republic: If You Can Keep It).  Noon Forum sessions meet in the Rotunda of the Williams Library.

On Thursday, September 14, at 7:30 p.m., the NSU music faculty will give their annual  Faculty Recital.  The recital will be held in the JFAC auditorium.  Wonderful music--an event that makes be proud to a part of this faculty.

Lots of other events on campus.  Be sure to get involved!


Thursday, August 24, 2017

"Warehoused' film at the Capitol Theater (downtown Aberdeen)

 There will be free showings of the film "Warehoused" at the Capitol Theater (415 S. Main, downtown Aberdeen) every evening at 7:00 p.m. from Friday, August 24 to Wednesday, August 31.

The film is a documentary talking about a refugee camp in Kenya.  I haven't seen the film, but it is very relevant to things we will be talking about toward the end of History 122.  This is one of the events you can use for your "get involved"/campus activities participation requirement. Just add your comment here.  Very nice if you could go with a group of NSU students, maybe a friend or two from IDL.

Here's a trailer.  Should give you an idea if this is a film you would like to see or not:

Note-taking and time management

Please read Chapters III and IV of Dragons. Of the planning, time management, and note-taking advice here, what do you think will be most important for you personally? In which of these areas are you already fairly strong? Where do you need work?

Get Involved--Club Rush

Please stop by the "Club Rush" tables set up on the campus green on Wednesday, August 31 (10-1). Which of the organizations/activities represented at the Fair interests you the most?

Bonus: which organization offered the best "freebies"?

No chance to visit the Fair? Well, you can do the next best thing: look at the on-line list of student clubs on the NSU web site (see the drop down menu when you scroll over the "Clubs" link in the left-hand sidebar on this page:

No free food, but you can earn your extra credit (one whole point!) by commenting here on the organization that looks most interesting to you.

Monday, August 21, 2017

How to Find What You are Not Looking For

Please read Chapters I and II of Dragons, History Professors, and Other Hazards of College Life. There's a lot of advice in these two chapters, much that you've heard before, plus (perhaps) a few things you hadn't. What (if anything) in these chapters surprises you? Of the familiar advice, what seems worth reinforcing? Is there anything you would have added to the chapter if you were giving college success advice?

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Dragon trouble? The guy on the white horse just may be on this blog! Harry the Talking Hand sometimes stops by as well. Feel free to share your questions, comments, and/or advice about life at NSU.

Just about every week, there will be a short assignment on this blog asking you to post your thoughts on the IDL class and NSU in general. It might be good to make yourself a blog "follower" so that you are aware of each assignment as soon as it is posted.

To get started, here's a test of the IDL 190 blog.  Please click on the "comment" link below, and when the comment box appears, answer one ( or more) of the following questions:

1.  What have you liked best about NSU so far?
2.  Were you able to attend Dr. Waid-Lindberg's "WolfTalks" presentation?  If so, note here one "take-away" (something worth remembering) from this presentation.
3.  Note your favorite historical figure or your favorite book, and explain why this is your favorite.

Thanks much!