Teaching

Shinto English 神道英語

Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 trains Shinto priests to work at shrines all over the country including what is widely considered to be the most sacred one, Ise Jingū 伊勢神宮, which is located near the university in Ise (the G7 leaders met…

Historical Runs in the UK 英国の「歴史ラン」

This summer I accompanied 15 students from Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 on a month-long study abroad program in the UK. We spent most of the time at the University of Kent in Canterbury. This was followed by a short stay in…

The ‘F’ Word: ‘Feudal’ Japan in World History

Last week I gave a talk at Okayama University (岡山大学) in a workshop called “Japan in the World, the World in Japan: A Methodological Approach.” The title of my talk was “The ‘F’ Word: ‘Feudal’ Japan in World History” (「F」ワード:世界史における日本の「封建」時代).…

Evernote: In the Classroom

This semester at Grinnell College, I have integrated Evernote into all of my classes. In this post, I explain how I have gone about doing it. Organization for Students and Teachers First, a note about my target audience. I have…

Grinnell: Interview in the Scarlett and Black

Here’s something to do in Grinnell: get interviewed for the school paper! Yishi Liang interviewed me a few days ago for the weekly Grinnell College newspaper, Scarlet & Black. The paper printed it in Volume 130, Issue 14, on page…

Teaching: Syllabi for Spring 2014

I am teaching four courses at Grinnell College this semester: two regular ones, a seminar, and a directed reading on Pan-Asianism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (actually, the directed reading is called a Mentored Advanced Project, or…

iPad: The Best Stylus and Handwriting App

I’m pretty opinionated about my tech gear. You may not agree with my conclusions here about the “best” stylus and handwriting app for the iPad, but hopefully my use case and experiences will give you some food for thought. Developers…

Teaching: A Collaborative Classroom

I design my courses at Grinnell with the aim of creating a collaborative classroom. In this post I talk about some of the activities I incorporate into the lectures and discussions in order to encourage student participation (in another post,…

Don’t Forget About Flashcards

There are a lot of books available that describe systems for developing a phenomenal memory — Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein is one of my favorites from the bunch. What they mostly forget about, though, is the plain old flashcard…

Teaching: 2013 Fall Syllabi

I am teaching two classes at Grinnell College this semester, and these are the syllabi that I am using for them. My aim with the course “East Asia in World History, 1500 to the Present,” is to cover events within…