The “Tech Class” Reifies the “Two Americas”

The wealth created by tech companies is, if not beyond precedent, is probably beyond most of our comprehension. It is not without precedent because America has already experienced one Gilded Age. It’s merely started another, and we’re well into it. Continue reading

Making Sure History Is Made Relevant

At the start of each history course I’ve taught so far, I ask a few introductory questions to the students. Foremost among them are “what is history?” and “is history important?” 99% of my students have answered “yes” to the second and then gone on to provide explanations that usually center around something like, “it helps us avoid past mistakes” or “ it can give us insight about today.” Continue reading

Everybody’s Middle Class!

Through the grapevine as it were, I heard about a discussion in which a number of graduate students in the humanities claimed not to be of the “working class.” Now, that’s a pretty loaded sentence in itself. We could dissect my choice of “of” instead of “in” for instance. But, firstly, to claim that as a grad student in English, or history, or Classics one is not working class is to simply not face the truth (I suspect a lot of this can go for the social sciences as well, but this depends). In any case, if it quacks like a duck, eats like a duck, earns like a duck—even if it may not at times feel like a duck—baby, it’s a duck. Continue reading