Friday, week 8 (Oct.16)
And we made it through another week! Our shiny Covid-Dashboard is also showing how all the Mules on campus are doing a splendid job of sticking to the rules and keeping the community safe. Thank you thank you thank you!!
This week, I'll ask you to fill out a brief and fully anonymous survey with just four questions. You already write self-reflections as part of your courses (and thank you for the open and honest reflections!), and you have the Typepads for an anonymous rant any time of the semester, but I think an anonymous google form is sometimes just easier to take stock of what's going on with the course, the semester, and how we can all adjust our sails for the second part of the semester. Keep your eyes peeled, will be delivered via your Muhlenberg email inbox!
Schedule for today
|HST439||Your blog post for week 8 is due tonight. Take on board the comments and discussion from Hypothes.is group HST439. Don't forget to collect your points in the Canvas Declaration Quiz!|
Study Abroad Information Session
2:00-3:00 PM, on Zoom, sponsored by the Office of Global Education.
Learn more about the study abroad application process at a MANDATORY Meeting session. Attend either one of the two mandatory meeting sessions on Zoom to learn about the steps necessary to apply to study abroad and how to make important decisions about your experience. Join this program on Zoom from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. More Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Note from Dr. D: I know it's hard to imagine studying abroad while we're still in the current situation but if you're interested, better to hedge your bets and go to the session! If you can at all do a study abroad, I highly recommend it. I'm also more than happy to talk about my personal experiences as a student and scholar in foreign countries.)
Weekend Long Read
Wait? What? Another long read about cheats in biblical scholarship?? It's not that other fields aren't immune, but the high profile cases, a lot of money involved, and a writer at the Atlantic who's interested in this stuff have made for some great investigative reporting and reading!
So. What do you do when suddenly there turns out to be a lost Gospel that talks about Jesus's wife? Too good to be true, or the scoop of the century? Read for yourself:
- Sabar, Ariel. "The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus's Wife". The Atlantic, July/August issue 2016.
This is the last of the long reads on this topic. I'll be on the lookout for other great long reads for future weekends, please send me suggestions! If you want to read more about cheats and forgers in the world of scholars and texts, and how the truth did in the end catch up with them (because otherwise, we'd have not found out yet), here are a few other suggestions:
- Trevor-Roper, H. R. The Hermit of Peking: The Hidden Life of Sir Edmund Backhouse. New York: Knopf, 1977.
- Or how the Bodleian library in Oxford, the British government during WWI, and several journalists burnt their fingers and lost quite a bit of money and some reputation in their dealings with the charming and seeminly harmless gentleman Edmund Backhouse.
- Dietl, Helmut, and Ulrich Limmer. Schtonk: Eine Filmkomödie. Originalausged. Diogenes Taschenbuch, 22481. Zürich: Diogenes, 1992.
- OK, try to get this with subtitles obviously. It's a weird German comedy about the (fake) Hitler diaries. Incidentally, they were initially authenticated by Hugh Trevor-Roper, author of the book above (he did change his verdict later). Read more about the background in this article in the Independent
- Grafton, Anthony. Forgers and Critics: Creativity and Duplicity in Western Scholarship. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2019 (first ed. 1990).
- Prof. Grafton writers extremely well and his scholarship is top-notch, so even though I haven't had a chance to read this book yet, I have no hesitation in recommending it, and I can't wait to settle down with this during the winter break!