Notes From the Magic Kingdom

We’re exploring the South this week and even Disney World was on our agenda. On Friday after almost a week of visits in small towns with Southern writers Wofford College’s Cornbread & Sushi interim sampled Walt Disney’s version of reality. To prepare for our visit to Disney World we gave our students an academic article to about how the huge corporation has helped to...

A Town Called Commerce

It’s Cornbread & Sushi time, my biennial Wofford College interim excursion with Deno Trakas and a group of students to take the culinary and literary temperature of our region. We left Spartanburg on Saturday for eleven days, our rented vehicles of choice a Ford Expedition and a Dodge Caravan. Being literary types, the metaphoric weight of the two vehicles’ names isn’t lost...

What is College Really For?

Today I’ll begin teaching a humanities class for Wofford first-year students called “Into the Wild.” We’ll read a number of stories and essays about approaching wildness, books like John Krakauer’s “Into the Wild,” the story of Chris McCandless and his retreat from civilization and tragic death in wilds of Alaska. Along with “Into the Wild”...

Environmental Studies 101

Last week I changed jobs. For twenty years I’ve taught in the English department at Wofford College. Now I’m director of Wofford’s Glendale Shoals Environmental Studies Center and half-time teacher in the college’s new environmental studies program. For the moment, the center I’ll direct is still a derelict old mill office building fifteen minutes from campus, and...

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