Today I returned to the lecture seat. It’s really not a lecture seat, more like the head chair in front of the chalk board that I never touch in a tiny room on the third floor of the E.Congress building, Wabash street, Chicago, IL. I have eighteen students, with majors that include Theatre, Television, Game Design, Film, Audio Arts, Dance, Radio, Advertising, Journalism, Interior Architecture, and a few others. Needless to say, Columbia is a diverse media arts college and the students usually have a briefing on what they are to do.
The class is Writing and Rhetoric II, taught from a critical inquiry methodology and a visual rhetoric lens. We are using the text Signs of Life in the USA: Readings on Popular Culture, edited by Sonia Massik and Jack Solomon. Although we will have this text as a grounding, I do hope to bring in as much Barthes on semiotics as possible, a touch of Sontag, Berger, and Clark. It feels great to be back in the classroom and I hope that the students will improve their writing and teach me something as well.
Books with me today:
Tropisms by Nathalie Sarraute
Society Spectacleby Guy Debord
Margins in American Vanguard Poetry by Maria Damon