And Honors 340 Public Intellectuals and the Digital Commons with Professors Steve Kuusisto and Lance Mannion is underway.
Watch the video of Christopher Hitchens talking about The Ten Commandments again and read his essay "How to be a public intellectual". (The links are right here on Digital Commoners. Btw, a few of you still haven't joined us on Facebook. Please sign up today). Then think about what Professor Kuusisto said about what makes a public intellectual, what their role is, and what it means to be a contrarian, that person who's always asking why? Why, you ask? Wiseguys. Or Whys-guys. I'll tell you why. In your first post you're to write a bit about how you can play the role of public intellectual on your blog. What issues would you like to explore? What dogmas or doctrines in your field do you think need questioning? If there were powers-that-be you could talk to and ask "Why?" who would they be and what whys would you ask? In a sense that's what you're doing with your blog. Remember Professor Kuusisto's anecdote about being called by the Congresswoman whose committee's work he criticized on his blog. You're reaching out into the cloud and you never know who's waiting to reach back.
Think about the classes you have taken outside your major/minor/concentration. Was there one that gave you insight or knowledge or a skill that you could apply to your major, that, in other words, helped make you a better student in your chosen field? How so? It doesn't have to been the course itself. It might have been one thing you studied in the class or something you read; it might have been the professor or teacher or something they said; it might have been one or more of your classmates and things they said. And it doesn't have to be a course you took in college. It may have been one you took in high school.
Both assignments are due via email by noon on Monday, September 2. Posts should be sent as Word attachments. Each one must be at least 250 words.
Let us know right away if you have any questions.
Assignment One is kind of specific to the class, but feel free to do Assignment Two, right here in the comments or on your own blog.
Don’t worry about grades. Everybody gets an A for effort and participation.