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Todd Gernes
Boston, Mass.
Historian, Writer, Career Academic.
Interests: Cultural history, literature, contemporary music, electric guitar luthiery.
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The Cornerstone Program of General Education at Stonehill College provides each student with a firm foundation in the liberal arts. The Cornerstone Program features vibrant interdisciplinary learning, travel opportunities, and a diverse array of courses and experiences that prepare students for serious academic study, world citizenship, and lifelong learning. At... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at Cornerstone Program
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Trump’s Modes: An Archival Discovery Sheds Light on Cultural Harmony and Dissonance. Jon Rapalez, Aug. 31, 2015 NEW YORK, Ny. — In a sub-sub basement of the New York Public Library, Raz Joshingington, a Ph.D. candidate at New York University’s prestigious Center for Jazz Studies, sorts through seven unmarked, moldering... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2015 at Jestural Politics
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FRIDAY, MAY 15 - THURSDAY, MAY 21 Dr. Emily Lardner (Evergreen State College) will lead two workshops on writing pedagogy and one on Learning Community design. Dr. Lardner is Director of the Washington Center, the National Resource Center for Learning Communities, and has a wealth of expertise and experience in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Cornerstone Program
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Please mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Spring Writing Pedagogy Institute, May 22nd, 9AM – 4PM in the Martin Auditorium. This year’s focus will be on practical approaches to integrating writing into discipline-based courses and supporting language diversity in the classroom. In addition to a wealth of strategies, ideas,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Cornerstone Program
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It's a great feeling when a new course goes well the first time around, and that has been my experience with HIS100G: The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass. In addition to integrating Stonehill College's History learning outcomes for General Education (which I helped to design), I decided to focus... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at Gen-Ed-Junkie
A useful video introducing sample variation and sample error. I've always been intrigued by the concept of "representative sample." 100 can represent 10,000 or a 1,000,000 equally well, and yet the larger the sample, the greater our confidence. Question: Why don't we think of percentages of the whole to gauge... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at Writing Research Notes
This video introduces types of sampling methods: simple, random, convenience, systematic, and stratified. Love the accent! Question: I wonder what sampling method is most appropriate when you are already dealing with a specific group of students (a first-year class of 500) at a small college (2,500). And how do sample... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at Writing Research Notes
A nice, concise video on Types of Data: nominal, ordinal, and Interval/Ratio [by the Creative Heuristics Group.] The most important take-away here is that certain graphical representations (pie chart, line chart, bar chart) are appropriate (or not) to certain types of data. Notes: --You can't calculate a mean or average... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at Writing Research Notes
I just viewed my first Khan Academy video, part of a series on statistical reasoning. These videos are noted for their intentionally low production values--designed to give them more immediacy--and, I have to say, it's refreshing. This video focused on why correlation does not imply causality. More, more accurately, the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at Writing Research Notes
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I just found out that a paper proposal of mine was accepted at the Writing Research Across Borders 2014 conference, at l’Université Paris-Ouest – Nanterre La Défense from the 19th to the 22nd of February, 2014. My paper is entitled, "Tales Out of School: Writing Program History as Inside Narrative."... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2013 at Writing Research Notes
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Very much looking forward to the 2013 Summer Seminar or Composition Research at Dartmouth College. I'm delighted to have the opportunity to learn more about The Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, under the direction of Christiane Donahue, and learn from Seminar leader Charles Bazerman and others. My project will entail... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2013 at Writing Research Notes
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An interesting article in today’s New York Times Magazine, “I’m Not Okay: Uncovering the self-destructive impulses that many people hide even from themselves,” by Kim Tingly. In this piece, Tingly profiles Matthew K. Nock, Director of the Laboratory for Clinical and Developmental Research at Harvard University, a researcher and winner... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at Gen-Ed-Junkie
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I had the privilege of seeing and hearing John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension last night (June 22, 2013) at the Berklee Performance Center. McLaughlin and bandmates Ranjit Barot (drums), Etienne M'Bappe (bass), and Gary Husband (keyboards/drums) pulled together a remarkable set of fusion, with tunes spanning 40 years or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2013 at Gen-Ed-Junkie
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. 1841. I turn again to this classic text, like an old friend, as the cornerstone of a new History class I’ll be teaching on Douglass’ life and times and his circle in 19th century America. In this reading, one of... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2013 at Gen-Ed-Junkie
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Save the date! Dr. Neal Lerner of Northeastern University will lead a 2-day Writing Pedagogy Symposium focused on Writing in the Disciplines. This is a great opportunity to design, improve, or implement a writing-in-the disciplines course with guidance from a noted expert in the field. Participating faculty will receive thought-provoking... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at Cornerstone Program
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This is a tone test of the Yellow Jacket Tele. http://textmuseum.typepad.com/Yellow%20Jacket%20Test%202.aif Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2012 at High-Test Guitars
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October 4, 2012. I just finished reading Parker J. Palmer’s and Arthur Zajonc’s collection of essays, The Heart of Higher Education, A Call to Renewal: Transforming the Academy through Collegial Conversations (Jossey-Bass: 2010). This book is about reforming higher education with concepts and conversations related to contemplative practice and thought;... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2012 at Gen-Ed-Junkie
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August 30, 2012. As I begin a new semester and a new school year, an old adage from anthropologist Clifford Geertz surfaces in conscious thought: “Human thought is consummately social: social in its origins, social in its functions, social in its form, social in its applications.” This comes from Geertz’s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at Gen-Ed-Junkie
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August 25, 2012. Last Thursday (August 23rd) my wife and I went to hear the young songwriter and jazz vocalist Gregory Porter at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston, a favorite nightspot. Porter, who has a vocal quality and range similar to Kevin Mahogany's, was backed by a nimble and hard-driving... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2012 at Gen-Ed-Junkie
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August 23, 2012. I’ve been reading Joseph M. Williams and Gregory G. Colomb, Style: The Basics of Clarity and Grace, 4th edition (Longman, 2012). A colleague informed me that Greg Colomb died unexpectedly last year; Williams passed earlier. Both were remarkable teachers, from what I understand. This brief book, which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2012 at Gen-Ed-Junkie
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Monday, August 22, 2012. I’d like to circle back to Doug Hunt’s Misunderstanding the Assignment: Teenage Students, College Writing, and the Pains of Growth (Boynton/Cook, 2002), which I just finished, just in time for my class on “Writing and Peer Consulting.” Classes start next week! Hunt’s book is casual, loosely... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2012 at Gen-Ed-Junkie