That Was Terrible and Incredible

The Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. is a transformative place. It’s difficult to make it through the experience emotionally intact. We leave part of ourselves there, and we come away with a much less naive understanding of our capacity as a species. The title of this post was a text message I received from a…

The Handbook as a Rite of Passage

A faculty member in my office recently was curious about a book sitting on my desk—Handbook of Autoethnography. “What is autoethnography?” he asked. “Well, you know what an ethnography is?” “Yes.” “And you know about autobiography?” “Yes.” “Put them together and you have autoethnography, generally speaking, turning the tools of ethnography on oneself.” I’m certain…

Back-to-School Special

Teachers know very well that shudder we experience when we see the first back-to-school display. “Welcome Back Students!” “School Supplies!” Backpacks and pencils and rulers and all sorts of things students will break and lose and forget–things for the custodial staff to pull from the bottom of lockers next spring–all arranged in colorful displays, calling…