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Friday
May172019

Quentin's Weeknotes 5/11/19-5/17/19

This Week:

  • I finished watching Under the Skin, also known as the Scarlet Johansen alien movie. It was weird and sort of poetic, but also with not much beyond what's on the surface (ironic, given the title). 

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  • I finished teaching my Collections Management class. This semester, my students did projects where they created a concordance between old and new numbering systems, researched the provenance of some mysterious prints, and prepared a selection of objects to go on exhibit, respectively. Along the way we learned about basic artifact handling, dipped our toes into Museum database management, washed and waxed a piece of outdoor sculpture, and watched a clip from an important piece of Museum film scholarship.
  • I celebrated my son's sixth birthday. Six was a good year for me, filled with new friends, new things to learn, and new experiences, and I hope it will be for him too.
Friday
May102019

Quentin's Weeknotes 5/4/19-5/10/19

This Week:

"Trumpism’s pitch to young white men is thus a stirringly amoral sort of syllogism: we can’t give you anything material, because we stole it all and are hoarding it, but we can create a world in which you can regularly act on your worst impulses and get away with it. Some city kids are coming to town; here’s a way to racially mock them that won’t get us in trouble."

This is essentially a bite-sized and modern version of David Roediger's argument in "The Wages of Whiteness", itself drawn from W.E.B. Du Bois's assertion of a "psychological wage" given to white workers after the Civil War, to offset their lack of material gains (and to keep them from forming a multi-racial labor party). History repeats itself. 

Friday
May032019

Quentin's Weeknotes 4/27/19-5/3/19

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Friday
Apr262019

Quentin's Weeknotes 4/20/19-4/26/19

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Friday
Apr192019

Quentin's Weeknotes 4/13/19-4/19/19

This week:

"The future is dark, with a darkness as much of the womb as the grave."

  • The Yager Museum hosted its "Family afternoon at the Museum." This is our annual event for families and children, and the Museum was filled with games, crafts, food, and activities. I want to thank Buran from Bearded Dragon Games for bringing tabletop fun, and all of the students who worked and volunteered to make the event a success.
  • I helped de-install our exhibit "Along the Rails: Willard Yager, Native American Art and 20th Century Tourism." This exhibit was curated by students in our Museum Studies program at Hartwick and was my first experience seeing an exhibit go from conception to installation. I'm proud of it, and am looking forward to the next student curated exhibit that will replace it.