Dorothea Lange, and my awesome VCFA students
I woke up with that delicious feeling of "something good's going to happen today." Then I realized actually several good things are happening today. Recently I was in Chicago to do presentations on Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning. Dyanna Taylor's film by the same name airs on PBS's American Masters on August 29, and she and I showed a preview at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), as well as doing a presentation to 3rd and 5th graders. I also was able to spend a half day talking about kid-friendly non-fiction writing techniques with an enthusiastic group of museum educators.
Today, Corinne Rose, Manager of Education at MoCP, and I are going to start working on curriculum for an overlooked and incredibly important group of Dorothea's photos: the Japanese American internment.
Vermont College: Early on in the residency, we schedule a time to meet with each of our students from the previous semester. I'm taking this coming semester off, so I've scheduled phone calls with my students today. These calls are a wonderful time to look at our work together, and really notice how much improvement there's been in the student's writing. A good time for last minute encouragements, exhortations, and questions! I have had a wonderful, hardworking group of students to turn over to their next semester advisors.