LJN Radio Interview — Technically Speaking: Utilizing Technology in Education

I’m happy to announce that my second interview with LJN Radio, “Technically Speaking: Utilizing Technology in Education” is now available on the LJN Radio website.

From the website:

Various uses of technology can be invaluable when it comes to educational success and improved learning. At the same time, people need to be cautious in seeing all forms of technology as an easy fix to how people are taught. Jim Rovira, associate professor of English at Tiffin University, explains to Tim Muma how important it is to ensure students are matched with the appropriate use of technology. Whether it’s taking online classes or utilizing in-class technology for lessons and assessment, it’s imperative educators understand that each student has different needs and will succeed or fail based on the fit of the technology they use.

On Technically Speaking, we explore the latest social media applications for the modern day workplace. Together we’ll discover the hottest technology jobs on the market and keep up with the latest high-tech trends.

Duration: 18 Minutes

Blake in the Heartland Exhibit

blake wine tastingI’m happy to announce that Associate Professor of Art Lee Fearnside and I are gearing up for the exhibit “Blake in the Heartland” at the Diane Kidd Gallery at Tiffin University. We’ll be hosting events the last week of March and first week of April in support of an exhibit of facsimiles of Blake’s works and Blake-inspired art by local artists. Blake scholar Dr. Michael Phillips will be demonstrating Blake’s printmaking methods and lecturing on the Songs of Innocence and of Experience and his experience curating Blake exhibits at the Tate, the Met, the Petite Palais in Paris, the University of Toronto, and most recently at the Ashmolean at Oxford. If you would like Dr. Phillips to visit your institution while he is stateside, email me at jamesrovira at gmail dot com.

More details will be forthcoming as the date approaches.

The Bob Marley of Liberia

The musician in this video is named Weesay. He lives in Monrovia, Liberia. He’s blind, and he built his instrument from scratch. This guy needs a contract.

Jack White Quitting Rock!

Crochet_sweden_2Yes, you heard it here first: Jack White is quitting rock and roll to take up crochet. Just read the last line of this interview.

The Real “First Edition” of the Iliad and the Dumb J-Lo Clip

A clip from J-Lo’s The Boy Next Door is making the rounds on the internet today. In that film, J-Lo plays a teacher who has an affair with one of her students, and in this scene her student gives her an “expensive” gift. You can tell she’s really smart because she’s wearing glasses, and you can view the clip here:

So the boy hands her a book, she opens the cover, then looks in and says, “Oh my God… it’s a first edition. You can’t give me this.” When the camera zooms in on the book, it’s a “first edition” of Homer’s Iliad.

Of course, since the Iliad was originally written on scrolls in Greek some centuries before Christ it’s very unlikely that the boy was giving her a first edition of that book.

But let’s be more generous than that. Let’s just say that the boy gave her a rare first edition of an English translation of Homer’s epic poem. There are some famous ones out there: John Dryden, Alexander Pope, Matthew Arnold. A first edition of any one of those could conceivably be worth quite a bit of money, and who knows? Maybe someone would find one in a garage sale somewhere.

Red Line Poets Series FlyerUnfortunately, the book pictured isn’t even that. It’s an edition of Homer’s Iliad published by Thomas J. Crowell & Co. for their Red Line Poets series. I own copies of their editions of Percy’s Shelley’s works and of Byron’s works. The photo to the right is of a flyer stuck inside my edition of Shelley that advertises the series. While it is a nineteenth-century edition, Crowell & Co. having published all 45 titles in the Red Line Poets series by 1882, they originally sold for $1.25 each and typically go for around $8.00 in used bookstores today. The Red Line edition of the Iliad sold for $4.00 at the time because it was bound in calfskin. It might really go for $1.00 in a garage sale, and it’s certainly attractive and would make a nice gift, but no one’s going to empty their bank accounts for one. You can read more about different Red Line Poets editions on this University of Iowa page.

Even trying to be generous, it’s not that rare an edition. I have to admit that I like them, though — they’re very attractive books. I want to collect them all now…

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