Monday Will Not Be Mundane
Posted on Saturday, March 12th, 2016 by Austin Gerth
I’m sitting here at the desk in my room, and it’s late, and I’m thinking about doing my homework. I have a lot of it. Specifically, I have a lot of work I need to do for Monday. Too much work. So much work that it’s sort of comical. My assignments for Monday are:
-Write an analysis paper for the Senior Writing Seminar, 2500 words.
-Write a think piece (read: short, relatively informal paper) about the film Michael Collins for Postcolonial Literatures.
-Read the first 50 pages of Winona LaDuke’s Last Standing Woman.
-Research and prepare a presentation providing in-depth analysis of a short section of said 50 pages of Last Standing Woman.
-Finish reading George Berkeley’s Three Dialogues for Modern Philosophy.
-My personal favorite: Come up with my personal explanation for why I still believe material things exist despite Berkeley’s argument, in his dialogues, that they do not. We’ve been asked to defend the existence of matter.
On the bright side, we might get to watch part of a film in Modern Philosophy. Dr. Connell keeps promising us we’re going to watch this film about Berkeley, but then he lets discussion of our assigned readings run through the whole class period. It’s happened the last three days the class has met. He can’t run away from it forever though — eventually we’ll have to leave Berkeley behind and move on to another philosopher, and if we don’t get to watch our promised movie during class, we students might start making gently passive aggressive remarks about our professor’s ability to stay on task.