Schedule

Things are subject to change, but here  is an idea of what we’ll be doing this January.

Week one

  • Monday, Jan. 7: Reflecting on your personal experience of books and reading.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 8: The psychology of reading for pleasure. For today, read Spufford (via Moodle), New Scientist (via Moodle), and Telegraph article.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 9: Reading and gender; reading and class. For today, read Brooks (via Moodle); Docx, and Miller . By the end of the day, have 3 books chosen to read and checked out, ordered via interlibrary loan, or obtained by other means.
  • Thursday, Jan. 10: Kinds of reading, kinds of books – zines, graphic novels, etc. For today, read the first chapter of Scott McCloud’s Zot! Online and Duncombe (via Moodle).
  • Friday, Jan. 11: Reports on campus reading survey; plan group fieldwork projects. For today, bring five completed surveys so that we can compile and discuss the results.

Week two

  • Monday, Jan. 14: History of books and their place in culture.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 15: Libraries, culture, and democracy. For today, read the Library Bill of Rights, Tisdale (via Moodle) and Goodman.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 16: Is reading at risk? For today, skim NEA report executive summary and compare to Price and Pew Report on teens and reading.
  • Thursday, Jan. 17: Oprah’s book club; popular literature versus the literary; the social nature of books and reading. For today, skim Striphas (via Moodle) and choose one section to read more carefully and discuss in class.
  • Friday, Jan. 18: Design lab; meet in the library. For today, browse For the second half of the class, we’ll consider design elements of books – so take a look at 5 in Mind; browse the Book Cover Archive and look at the book jackets at the New York Public Library. First book review due (via email attachment to me, Doc, Docx, or RTF format preferred).

Week three

Week four

  • Monday, Jan. 28: the future of books. For today, read Digital Books and Your Rights: A Checklist; browse through Post-Artifact Books and Publishing and choose one section to read closely.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 29: fieldwork or service project presentations.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 30: no class.
  • Thursday, Jan. 31: fieldwork or service project presentations.
  • Friday, Feb 1: present your final projects in the library. Third book review due (via email attachment to me, Doc, Docx, or RTF format preferred).
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