Next to me the Huns and Vandals were quite charming on the whole…



I actually finished writing my fall syllabi yesterday. One was for a new course, which was a lot of work but also fun to put together. For the courses I’ve taught before, the frustrating thing is that the semester is never the same length from one year to the next. You’d think that would be standardized–at least within the same institution–but nope. Every semester I’m either picking which books to drop or figuring out what I can add. At a certain point, the asteroid actually does start to sound like a better option!


Actually, my students’ final papers this spring have been pretty great overall. There’s the usual few who try to cite Wikipedia as a source and copy paragraphs out of the textbook, but most of them have done good solid work and some of them have even taught me something new.