A Non-Academic Definition of “Community Meeting”

If there is an unwritten code behind Oxford’s life, the first might be that most work gets done at your local (pub). But equally as important would be the imperative to “define your terms.” So, in the finely held tradition of slightly mocking Oxford, while taking its bigger critique to heart, I’d like to somewhat … Read more of A Non-Academic Definition of “Community Meeting”

In the Pipeline: A Discussion of the “I Am Camden” Facebook Page

One of the reasons I started this blog was because students were walking in my door to discuss academic work on the city of Camden. One wanted to understand urban farming here. Another wanted to do an oral history on the public school system here with a focus on student voice. Another wanted to do … Read more of In the Pipeline: A Discussion of the “I Am Camden” Facebook Page

“Theory,” Teaching, and Writing

I was fortunate at Oxford to be supervised by two folks who not only do excellent research, but were unbelievably curious about the philosophy of methodology and knowledge. These two men, Dr. Robert Walker and Dr. Kenneth Macdonald, taught me much. I find myself repeating one line, I believe uttered by Robert, again and again … Read more of “Theory,” Teaching, and Writing

Pedagogy: Student Work and Thought Leaders

As classes start here at Rutgers-Camden, I’ve been putting together my classes. That process naturally requires thinking about what I find important in the classroom. Two themes have emerged that have led to the creation of this blog: The first theme is that I’ve always believed in prioritizing excitement over teaching from canon – in … Read more of Pedagogy: Student Work and Thought Leaders

An Introduction to Local Knowledge

In my first class, I asked my students what they thought of this video of the protests over the demolition of public housing in New Orleans: They responded that protest needed to be rational to be effective. That protestors were “too emotional” and weren’t appealing to enough facts. The very way these communicated resulted in … Read more of An Introduction to Local Knowledge