What aspects of the humanities are you engaging in right now?

The humanities bring alive the human experience and celebrate our shared humanity. They not only feed our soul they are essential to our humanity, our survival, and our growth. Many of you might be feeling isolated right now, so let’s use our love of the humanities to unite us. I (Dr. Amy French) have been using this time to keep a journal where I recount … Continue reading What aspects of the humanities are you engaging in right now?

“What the Eyes Don’t See” Book Club

As part of the Great Michigan Read, and thanks to resources from the Michigan Humanities Council, the Humanities Learning Center of Delta College will be hosting a book club on What the Eyes Don’t See by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Flint pediatrician. “Here is the inspiring story of how Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, alongside a team of researchers, parents, friends, and community leaders, discovered that the children … Continue reading “What the Eyes Don’t See” Book Club

Brown Bag on the Handmaid’s Tale for October 9, 2019

Join Delta’s Humanities Learning Center on Wednesday, October 9 in N-007 from noon until 1 for a Brown Bag presentation by Professor Darci Doll of Delta’s Philosophy department. Professor Doll will use the philosopher Aristotle to examine how the limited access to friendship in “The Handmaid’s Tale” interferes with moral development. Her talk, “The Handmaid’s Tale, Friendship, and Moral Development,” is sure to provide us with … Continue reading Brown Bag on the Handmaid’s Tale for October 9, 2019

Blog Topic #5 for HIS 222 INET

Topic: Discuss the American internment of Japanese Americans.  Consider the national justification for internment, living conditions, and the impact on Japanese Americans.  How do you think the internment of Japanese Americans affected their conceptions of citizenship?  How would you feel if you were in the same position: a law-abiding, American citizen who was rounded up and essentially jailed for something beyond your control? Continue reading Blog Topic #5 for HIS 222 INET

Blog Topic #3 for HIS 222

Topic: Thinking about the diverse group of reformers that historians call the “Progressives,” discuss the following questions.  What were the Progressives attempting to accomplish through regulation?  Should the government set hours laws, regulate safety, prohibit child labor, set a minimum wage, and institute other work laws? Continue reading Blog Topic #3 for HIS 222

Blog Topic #2 for HIS 222

Topic: Consider politics at the turn of the century.  More than half the population was still disenfranchised.  With women not having the vote and African Americans discriminated against, how do you think the political process worked?  Do you think that politics were considered an arena for the rich only?  How did women, minorities, and working men impact the political process? Continue reading Blog Topic #2 for HIS 222

Blog Topic #1 for HIS 222 INET

This week we are going to discuss the impact of the Industrial Revolution on workers during the Gilded Age (late 1800s).  Employers ruled and the courts and legislatures generally sided with employers.  Workers had little to no protection.  How did industrialism affect workers?  Why did employers find unions so objectionable, even dangerous?  What benefits did workers see in unions? Continue reading Blog Topic #1 for HIS 222 INET

Blog Topic #4 for HIS 237

Topic: Using my video, the annotated article (notice that I made some remarks where I disagree with the author), and the texts, discuss the 1885 Saginaw Valley Lumber Strike. The Ten Hour Law (1885), which working men (united under the Knights of Labor) fought for, was not effective enough to protect Michigan’s working men. Although a plethora of strikes were waged in numerous industries over long … Continue reading Blog Topic #4 for HIS 237

Blog Topic #4 for HIS 225

Thinking about the women you read about in this week’s articles and primary sources (350-376 and 377-382), as well as the labor movement and the Industrial Revolution, discuss wage work. Did our laws and social reform programs create gender constructs of men as wage earners? What gender constructs did we make at the turn of the century regarding women? Continue reading Blog Topic #4 for HIS 225

Blog Topic #1 for HIS 225

Topic: Thinking about “Devil in the Shape of a Woman,” why did neighbors or acquaintances launch accusations of witchcraft against particular persons? What do you think this tells us about gender and about this time in American history? **Please refer to the blog schedule on eLearning (under Content) to see who is assigned to post a blog for this week. You will need to create your … Continue reading Blog Topic #1 for HIS 225

U.S. History Blog Posts

In our U.S. history class, different students will blog weekly in response to the material we covered, as well as questions that I (Professor Amy French) posed to them. Everyone in the class is responsible for commenting. Each week, I will post the blog topic for all our readers to see. –Dr. Amy French Continue reading U.S. History Blog Posts

Michigan History Blog Posts

In our Michigan history class covering the time from first inhabitants of the area through the 1960s, different students will blog weekly in response to the material we covered, as well as questions that I (Professor Amy French) posed to them. Everyone in the class is responsible for commenting. Each week, I will post the blog topic for all our readers to see. –Dr. Amy … Continue reading Michigan History Blog Posts

Short Film on Saginaw’s Edith Baillie

It’s no secret–Delta College students are some of the best around! This video by Benjamin Barrett–a history student and good documentarian highlights Saginaw’s past, as well as an exhibit at the Castle Museum. The short film honors the history of the First Ward Community Center by showcasing one of its former director’s and agent of change, Edith Baillie. The video captures Saginaw’s multi-cultural past and … Continue reading Short Film on Saginaw’s Edith Baillie

What is the Humanities Learning Center?

The Humanities Learning Center (HLC) is a group of dedicated faculty working alongside administrative, support staff, and community partners whose mission is to bring the relevance and vitality of the humanities to the Great Lakes Bay Region. We support initiatives to encourage the enrollment of students in Delta humanities disciplines and facilitate their transfer to four-year universities. We advocate for the value of the humanities … Continue reading What is the Humanities Learning Center?

Articles Regarding Wikipedia in the Classroom

Recently, the Wiki Ed group put out their February 2017 newsletter which included links to articles that may be of use to faculty considering using Wikipedia in the classroom, or for those who already are. Here are some that Wiki Ed noted: “What Students Can Learn by Writing for Wikipedia” by Anya Kamanetz “How Wikipedia is Cultivating an Army of Fact Checkers to Battle Fake … Continue reading Articles Regarding Wikipedia in the Classroom

Digital Pedagogy Websites

For those of you who may be looking for ways to implement digital pedagogy into your courses, here are a couple websites that provide good discussion on the subject. Digital Pedagogy Lab provides loads of interesting articles through its journal, Hybrid Pedagogy. They approach digital technologies from a critical perspective and examine when to use and not to use digital tools in teaching. URL: http://www.digitalpedagogylab.com/hybridped/digitalpedagogy/Continue reading Digital Pedagogy Websites

Snagit–a Digital Tool for Profs

A colleague of mine brought a digital tool to my attention, Snagit, which he uses in his online classes to provide feedback to students. He teaches computer science courses, but as he sat down and showed me the software I recognized its applicability for a host of subjects. Snagit is a screenshot program that captures video display and audio output. It’s great for those of … Continue reading Snagit–a Digital Tool for Profs

Using Digital Tools in the College Classroom

Using Digital tools in the College Classroom by Amy French Some Digital Tools I’ve Used Wikipedia in the Classroom (Project Overview) Wikipedia Website for Educators: http://wikiedu.org/for-instructors/ Example of Wikipedia Course: https://dashboard.wikiedu.org/courses/Delta_College/Recent_American_History_(Fall_2015)/timeline Blogging in the Classroom (Project Overview) Example of blog: http://genderhistory.tumblr.com/ Webpage Creation in the Classroom (Project Overview) Example of student website: http://historymarieantoinette.weebly.com/ A website that I created with hope that students will add to it: http://womenwhodared.omeka.net/Continue reading Using Digital Tools in the College Classroom