Books@Work: The Amateur Hour

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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The first full-length history of college teaching in the United States from the nineteenth century to the present, this book sheds new light on the ongoing tension between the modern scholarly ideal―scientific, objective, and dispassionate―and the inevitably subjective nature of day-to-day instruction.

American college teaching is in crisis, or so we are told. But we've heard that complaint for the past 150 years, as critics have denounced the poor quality of instruction in undergraduate classrooms. Students daydream in gigantic lecture halls while a professor drones on, or they meet with a teaching assistant for an hour of aimless discussion. The modern university does not reward teaching, so many faculty members at every level neglect it in favor of research and publication. Is this accurate?

Join us for a sure-to-be passionate and engaging discussion of modern university teaching!

Session held virtually (Once you register, we will reach out with details on when/where to pick up your book.)

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Facilitated by Teague Bohlen, Associate Professor, English

  • November, Lisa
  • Bardhan, Soumia

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