With classes set to start next week, I have drafted a schedule for the year that will allow me to balance my research and writing time with that of my primary duty, teaching. My Atlantic Market paper is all but done, with the exception of some editing and topical expansion. It has been reviewed and the recommendations made to increase its likelyhood of publication are minute. Here are a few other things on my desk:
- Again, with the exception of some minor editing, I am ready to present my work on Russian – American expansion. This is a spinoff of my Atlantic Market paper. An abstract and one page C.V. are due to the director at Williams College in two weeks. Oh, this Frontier Conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah this October.
- I presented a paper on teaching European history using digital images this summer. I was asked to expand this work for submission to a journal called The History Teacher; I will spend a weekend or two during the month of September polishing and expanding this paper.
- Dutro invited me to give a brief lecture on race, education, and Du Bois at Harding University in November; I have already started outlining and drafting my notes.
- As a member of the European History Test Development Committee, I am responsible for writing a DBQ as well as a number of other multiple choice and essay questions. I hope to re-work the writing of the DBQ by the end of August.
- In preparation for my future trip to Germany, I will be visiting a few archives and libraries across the country that have resources needed for study and pre-writing of Du Bois German experience. Also, I am thinking about taking a couple of German language courses this year. I really need to for this project.
- I am spending way too much time analyzing and writing a review of Ed Blum’s book on Du Bois. I have been reading and comparing Blum’s material to that of others. This should have been done two weeks ago.
- My research on American independent schools is in a state of infancy; I will be making more campus visits to the North East in the spring. More study is needed here.