Episode 2: Barbara McCaskill and Practical Strangers
Sometimes it takes a few tries to do something worthwhile. So it is with our podcast. Annotations is back with a two-part episode.
In part I we interview University of Georgia professor Dr. Barbara McCaskill about the ENGL 4810 class she taught last spring. For this class McCaskill’s students created blogs, wrote articles for the New Georgia Encyclopedia, and produced podcasts based on UGA Press books. McCaskill is a professor of English here at the University of Georgia and she is the codirector of the Civil Rights Digital Library Initiative. We published her book Love, Liberation, and Escaping Slavery: William and Ellen Craft in Cultural Memory in 2015.
In our interview we discuss the current state of humanities education and why a humanities background is so important, even for non majors. We also talk at length about the ENGL 4810 class, the projects she assigned, as well as the UGA Press books the groups chose as subjects of their podcasts.
In part II we begin posting the podcasts created by ENGL 4810. First up is a podcast produced by Allison Green, Michelle Rodgers, Margaret Holt, and Katherine Lech featuring Practical Strangers: The Courtship Correspondence of Nathaniel Dawson and Elodie Todd, Sister of Mary Todd Lincoln edited by Stephen Berry and Angela Esco Elder.
READ: See this article on Steve Penley in the New Georgia Encyclopedia by one of McCaskill’s ENGL 4810 groups.
Part I: Dr. Barbara McCaskill
Part II: Practical Strangers