On Domains

On Domains

I participated in DOOOM (Domain of One’s Own-Muhlenberg) during the 2016-2017 academic year. Over the course of the year, we built domains, examined the integration of domains into our classes, and thought creatively about outward facing pedagogies. I was a little bit outside of my comfort zone, but I benefitted tremendously from the year-long workshop. More than anything else, I became committed to the working towards decolonizing higher education. I also believe that teaching practical skills is essential in the college classroom. Trust me, I am cool with hanging out and talking about weird things that happened in the past for hours on end. However, I recognize that my job as an educator is to teach students to think analytically and apply their knowledge to life outside of the classroom. By incorporating Domains and podcasts into my classes this semester, my goal is to give students a space to explore the work of historians (what do historians do? what kinds of sources do we use? what is frustrating? what is fun?), grow, and have fun. As you can probably tell, my Domain is a little… basic. I like how streamlined it is. I’m a bit of an old fogey, so my Domain may not have all of the bells and whistles of young whippersnappers. Rather, I plan to use this as a space to spotlight the work of my students, discuss my research, and share interesting things going on in African studies and popular culture.



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