From Round to Square (and back)

For The Emperor's Teacher, scroll down (↓) to "Topics." It's the management book that will rock the world (and break the vase, as you will see). Click or paste the following link for a recent profile of the project:

A new post appears every day at 12:05* (CDT). There's more, though. Take a look at the right-hand side of the page for over four years of material (2,000 posts and growing) from Seinfeld and country music to every single day of the Chinese lunar calendar...translated. Look here ↓ and explore a little. It will take you all the way down the page...from round to square (and back again).
*Occasionally I will leave a long post up for thirty-six hours, and post a shorter entry at noon the next day.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Accidental Ethnographer—Final Paper Assignment (Spring 2015)

On this date on Round and Square's History 

[a] All the Eggs... RF
The Accidental Ethnographer
HIST 293/ANTH 375
Spring 2015

Final Assignment:
Beguiled Adventure
This is an open-ended assignment designed to let you tailor your study of the William Edgar Geil archive to a question that matters to you. Having spent a semester reading through the archive (as well as a wide array of materials about and by Geil), you have learned a great deal. Now, frame a question, craft a thesis statement, and write an essay.

Get started right away. Please pay attention to the following issues.

1. First, think of a question that interests you. We have discussed your questions in class. You are ready.
2. Second, frame your question into a thesis statement. Write it out (and be prepared to be asked about it on a quiz and even the final examination.

3. Draft a "lead" (think of the openings you read in the New York Review of Books), and make sure that your thesis statement is clearly stated in it (the "lead" can be as long or short as you like (just as you have seen in the NYRB).

4. Outline the rest of your paper, and then start writing.

5. The paper must be at least 5,000 words long, and contain at least some of the "deepening" or "thickening" of analysis that we discussed in class. 7,000 words is preferable.

Voilà you will have something that should (in the spirit of liberal arts education) be both an analysis of Geil's life and larger questions that matter in the world beyond the DHS archive. 

Essays are due (as a .pdf file—please note!)
by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12 (the last minute of finals).

Add the word count to all papers!
[c] Paths to Interpretation RF

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