This presentation invites you to research the lives and scholarly trajectories of a scholar whose work we are reading in class in order to develop a sense of the human beings behind the work we’re reading
1. You will select one of the scholars we are reading during the class period when you are presenting and you will research their lives and professional trajectory. Here are some questions you can seek to answer through your research:
When and where were they born? What was/is their family life like?
Where and what did they study?
What kinds of academic and non-academic jobs have they had?
What has their publishing trajectory been like? Have they mostly published books? Articles? Multimodal pieces? Creative work? Do they collaborate with others? Do they tend to work alone?
Have they mostly focused on one theme/approach or have they jumped through a variety of themes/approaches?
What do we know of their personal lives?
If they are still alive, what is their online and social media presence like?
Is there anything that struck you about them not mentioned here that you want to share?
2. You will craft a 12-minute presentation in which you present us the information you gathered about your selected scholar.
3. You can use PowerPoint, Prezi, or something else that suits what you want to do.
4. You will do one biographical presentation during class. You will sign up for the scholar you want to present about on our course Google drive on a first come first serve basis.
You will deliver your 12-minute presentation during class on the day you sign up for. There will be five minutes for questions afterwards. Please make sure to practice your presentation and to stick to the time limit. Besides allowing us to complete other planned activities for the day you present, working on your ability to deliver your ideas within a given time limit will be great practice for conference presentations, for which you always need to be mindful of time.
Before class time on the day you present, you will upload your presentation to the course’s Google drive folder titled “Scholar Biography Presentation.” The name of your presentation should be Scholar Biography Presentation, followed by the scholar’s last name and your own, i.e. Scholar Biography Presentation Kristeva Arola.
If you have questions about this assignment, feel free to email me, stop by my office hours, or make an appointment.