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Welcome to the UNC Asheville Humanities Readers blog

Welcome to the UNC Asheville Humanities Readers blog

Welcome! Over the next two years, we editors will use this blog to communicate with all interested faculty and students–and anyone else–the conversations that we have and decisions that we make as we work on revising our primary course Readers. The process itself is important, and it will involve many faculty beyond the seven of us. We want to make it as open as possible. This blog is our attempt to do that.

Reflections on the Idea of Intellectual Hospitality

Reflections on the Idea of Intellectual Hospitality

After I read Kate’s lovely post yesterday, I kept mulling over one image: “PARs are a way to reach out to students and create a bridge into their initial engagement with the material in an informal, low-stakes, no wrong answers sort of way – a gift freely given. It is a form of intellectual hospitality that invites our students to the table…” Narratives and symbols are important, and I love the image of the shared table. (I love the reality…

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Intellectual Hospitality: Inviting Our Students to Engage with Core Materials

Intellectual Hospitality: Inviting Our Students to Engage with Core Materials

It has been raining for days. Storm Alberto is still sending bands of off and on drizzle towards Asheville which has kept people mostly inside. Needing a change of scenery, I headed out to one of our local coffee shops that serves as a remote office at least once a week. Standing in line, I see the headlines about flooding, the undoing of protections by the Department of Education, the fallout from racist tweets, and a variety of political updates…

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Faculty Entry Points

Faculty Entry Points

As part of the first meeting of the HUM editorial team that was first formed in summer 2017 to work on the revision process of the three Readers for HUM 124, 214 and 324, I was excited at the potential to ‘catch up’ the Readers with the many curricular initiatives that have been underway in the program since summer 2013. But I was also nervous. I had spent the month before reading articles on curriculum revision processes from scholars in…

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