I don't understand why anyone should object to blogs, or see them purely as a stepping-stone towards career advancement. Given the generally shocking state of academic writing these days - one only has to be a referee or an editor of a journal to understand this - a blog might offer an opportunity for anyone to try communicating their ideas in coherent form.
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Hi there -
Yes! As you see, there are several of us on this thread who have a home at Penn State Harrisburg. PSU has the resources to host student blogs and one element of a first-year graduate experience is to become familiar with the world of blogging. Dr. Simon Bronner requires the student to establish their own in his Theory and Method course and many of us continue or expand upon the sites throughout our graduate years. As an authority on digital culture, Dr. Anthony Buccitelli also encourages this type of writing.
Thanks to those who have posted their blogs and found me elsewhere to share your blogs. I'll get a list together.
I'd like to suggest a blog by my colleague at Penn State Harrisburg, Megan McGee Yinger: The Lady Americanist http://sites.psu.edu/megmcgeeamst/
Thank you for putting together a list!
I'm sorry that I do not know of any such articles, but I was hoping you might post your findings to the list. You may want to check out Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's recent course at Harvard College, where she had undergrads interact with material culture.
Dominique Padurano, Ph.D.
I am also experimenting with a similar assignment for this coming fall. I ran the assignment in an online setting this summer, so far so good. In the online, I didn't have room to have them read any theory but this last week I had them use the website http://objectofhistory.org/ to complete a worksheet asking students questions about the physicality of the object, uses of the object, and the context of the object.
Hi there, I would be inclined to say that he is simply a person who makes and sells (and possibly applies) brickdust. Brickdust was used for cleaning but also to make a sort of mortar/cement. Perhaps try some very old newspapers if you have access.
I have found American Artifacts by Jules Prown and Kenneth Haltman useful for this purpose. You might check it out.
Of course, not all of the essays are equally good, but that is pedagogic ally useful as well. Jennifer Roberts' analysis of the Lava Lamp is particularly strong.
The fact that the essays all started as seminar papers can also be inspiring for students.