Sunday, September 17, 2006
The other day I was at a department lecture and was kind of distracted -- it was a good talk, but it would have been better had the speaker prepared a handout with a flowchart or something to make the progress of her argument easier to follow. Anyway. I decided that, rather than simply doodling, I would put together a draft of what would be a dream course: "Philosophy and Comics." I sketched out a tentative reading list and some focus questions for the course.
A few days later I was talking with one of my committee members, telling him that I was not, after all, going to apply for the Concordia job. Then, to change the subject, I started telling him about this draft syllabus I'd put together, and how it would be a great course. He agreed that it was the type of course that would probably get a lot of student interest, and be a good vehicle for a lot of philosophical themes that might otherwise seem remote.
This is the email I got today (LC is our Lincoln Center campus; the School of Liberal Studies (FCLS) is our adult education school):
From: Dfirstname.lastname@example.org (names altered so as to not risk googly attention)
Date: 17-Sep-2006 12:28:58 EDT
Subject: Re: Fwd: [FEAST] njrpa call for papers
Would you want to offer your Philosophical Themes in Comics course in the
evenings at LC? I'm sure that it would be very popular if offered. I see
that the college of liberal studies is requesting two electives in the
evenings, and I only have one to offer. I would have to ask [the Chair of the Philosophy Dept.] and the deans of FCLS about this, of course. But it is an idea. We'd have to move fast to create the course, since I have to give in this schedule
tomorrow, and finalize it by Tuesday.
Anyway, I have no idea if this will actually pan out, but it's still kind of cool to think about. I wrote him back and said that OF COURSE I would love to do it, if I could. I'll keep you all posted. I will also post the syllabus once I finish typing it up.
The moral of the story is: yes, you CAN turn your procrastination into valuable career stuff. Huzzah!
jane 2:26 PM [+]