Intellectual and vocational theme of the semester: Charismatic megafauna, literal and metaphorical
I haven’t been writing much here, but I’ve been writing elsewhere, and I hope to soon have a few links to share to pieces in a couple of bloggish venues, as well as to a journal article.
So. . . how about an update on my work life instead? Despite my light teaching load this semester, I’m keeping occupied
- resubmitting a large grant;
- revising a traditional journal article on the woman who ran the San Diego Zoo for the second quarter of the twentieth century;
- writing another journal article that’s in danger of becoming a manifesto on human rights museology;
- thinking about maybe prepping for a local talk I’m giving next month on the Boise Wiki, a project built largely by students in a couple of my classes, but which I’ll launch into the public wilds soon;
- overseeing a graduate student pulling together sources for Stories of Idaho, a new digital project that I’m supposed to launch in beta by June 1;
- trying to make sense of those sources and create coherent content for the first Stories of Idaho module, about the history of wolf management in Idaho;
- working with a WordPress developer on a plugin that lends a new(ish) kind of interactivity to Stories of Idaho;
- collaborating with other faculty on a new digital humanities initiative;
- trying to shepherd grad students through their first year, or through their Master’s projects;
- reviewing applications from prospective grad students;
- spending (yet also accruing, I think) some political capital on a university-wide issue of importance to me (compensating grad students);
- and a bunch of other stuff–these bullets are just what’s keeping me active right now.