Six weeks into the semester, and making videos is a little less nerve-wracking? Maybe? Here’s one that might interest some of you — I sing “Kilkelly, Ireland” for my class, stopping every few lines to try to connect the lyrics to what we’re reading about in terms of Irish history and colonialism. I am not a great singer.
But honestly, that’s not really the nerve-wracking part; I don’t write up detailed notes for this kind of lecture in advance, and I’m always a little worried when posting it publicly that I’ve gotten some important historical detail wrong. I’m not a scholar of Irish history, after all — I studied this for a few weeks out of a semester back in 2001 or so, when I was taking post-colonial literature in grad school.
I haven’t kept up with the research in this field — I’m a generalist, not a specialist. Imposter syndrome, full force! But hopefully I’ll still be of some use in introducing college students to these ideas, and if they get interested, they can go forth and learn more, maybe become actual experts themselves.
And if I get something really wrong, now that I’ve put it on the net, I’m sure someone will be along to tell me. It’ll be good for me, right? I’ll learn something.