Note: Next week’s scheduled podcast, due to be released on Monday, January 7th, will not happen due to the holiday break. The iTeach Podcast’s normal schedule will resume on the 21st of January.
Nick Sousanis joined Brooke and I to discuss comicbooks in the classroom; Nick, the fantastic subject of our inaugural podcast, was an even better guest. Due to the length at which we talked and the amount of content that we covered, it is likely that we will be returning to the interview for another podcast in the future. For this podcast, however, I isolated the points of our discussion where we engaged the question of how comic books can help students of all different fields in both their intellectual and professional lives.
We discuss Nick’s use of Robert Root-Bernstein’s work, which appears on this page of Nick’s dissertation, while discussing the arbitrary boundaries placed between the humanities and the sciences. According to both Root-Bernstein and Sousanis, studying the humanities assists even those whose specialties are in the hard sciences.
Brooke references this page of Nick’s dissertation, which argues the importance of developing new means for perceiving the world around us.
Cobham, Billy. “Anxiety Taurian/Matador.” Spectrum. Atlantic, 1973.
Chris was a teacher before he became an instructional designer, and since he was a child he’s studied the craft of communication through story. Though his specialty is English, Chris is fascinated with all languages: verbal and nonverbal, binary and intuitive, mathematical and cultural. In his free time he studies the effect of technological innovation on the fundamentals of narrative; narrative, he believes (while admitting his bias), is the fundamental structure of knowledge.