For a long, long time, I wanted to be a CEGEP or university teacher. Academia has many problems, but most of the time this is the place I feel the happiest (thanks to my friends) and accomplished (thanks to the work). But as you know, there are few jobs and many, many candidates who want… Read More Working outside Academia
March break happens not only to university students, but also, as you can remember, to very young students in primary school. Like my 5 years-old kid. To have fun that week, my two children and I spend some time in the Rockies to ski with my dad. That was challenging and fun (and exhausting). Then,… Read More Kid in the office
To be a student in History you mostly need a computer and eyes to read. I am lucky and have that. But also some other items that make my student life easier. Monitor Screen After having a lot of pain in the neck, I found an old monitor screen buried somewhere in my office. Best… Read More The little things that make my student life easier
The one thing I love being a TA is the chance to discuss with a lot of students. This term, I don’t remember why, one of them talked to me about a book written by his sister. I had the title on a piece of paper. Let it aside for some times. Then discovered that… Read More Remnants of a Separation : a book of stories and history
You are a student in philosophy? History? Literature? Or more generally in Liberal Arts? But though you have developed competences that are valued in many academic and professional fields, you may lack a concrete sense of available opportunities that lie ahead of you. If it’s the case, come to the 2018 Canadian Liberal Arts Fair… Read More The Liberal Arts under the spot this Saturday!
Since I am studying History, I spend most of my days behind my books or my computer. When I hear almost all my GradLife colleagues talking about «the lab», I feel this is a secret word full of mysteries. So I asked Sophie Cousineau to help me understand what she is doing exactly in her… Read More The secret life of a lab grad student
Do you have many things to do instead of doing thesis work? Clothes to wash? Walk to take? Pen to buy? I personally did meta-procrastination by going to the event « Writings Strategies for Procrastinators » last Wednesday at Thompson House. It was organized by two graduate students in Educational Psychology. I learned there some… Read More Do you need help to write?
Ah! The campus full of students after a quiet summer. The orientations, free food, nice weather. The meeting of old friends and new people. The slow time as a TA. The empty agenda (full after a day). Ah! The “back to school” time. It is the 24th year (!) I am living that, and it… Read More This is (I hope/sadly) my last back to school
“Ad fontes” said humanists a couple centuries ago. They want to see the real sources, the real old-written works they were working on. In this age of digitalization, maybe we should claim the same, because so much can be hidden on an Internet copy of a manuscript. I discovered that this summer, when I went… Read More How to see the real manuscript (and not digitalization) highlighted my summer
Almost a month passed after the June summer term officially end. Even if I know that I will never teach the same class again, I wanted to make a list of the things that I would change, if that even happen in another world. On the syllabus, making crystal clear, like limpid like Fidji water,… Read More Being a lecturer : part 3