I strongly believe that a humanities education should be accessible and enjoyable to anyone and that the humanities have ongoing relevance for everyone, regardless of individual background, access to resources, or stage of life. This is reflected in my dedication to public humanities and community engagement projects.
In addition to leading book-club discussions in my local area (the Greater Lafayette community), I have helped to develop and teach the following courses for WALLA (Wabash Area Lifetime Learning Association) in collaboration with Purdue University’s Big Read program:
- “Dystopian Futures” (spring 2018), course on Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven
- “The Underground Railroad” (spring 2019), course on Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad
- “Epic Journeys” (fall 2019), course on Emily Wilson’s translation of The Odyssey
- “Spinning Silver” (fall 2020), course on Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver