One of the things I often fail to take into account when I choose teaching time slots is what I’m watching during any given semester. At many schools, this wouldn’t be a problem: the vast majority of the courses are during the day. At Saint Rose, however, we tend to have a vibrant host of classes offered in the evenings, and those can cause all sorts of conflicts with the primetime lineup.
Take tomorrow night, for instance. It’s the first evening of my graduate course Literature in the Information Age, about which I’m so excited I could spit. Contemporary novels, hypertext, new media readings—good times! And yet, tomorrow is also the Democratic debate in Las Vegas. This is important viewing for a couple of reasons: first, because it’s in my hometown (this is the least important reason). Second, because it’s the lead up to the Nevada caucus on Jan 19—a first for the state and for the region. The west gets to weigh in on candidates before SuperTuesday? Hot damn!! Third, and perhaps most pertinently, there is a significant voter drive going on in Nevada among Asian American populations. The Asian and Pacific Islander Vote initiative has an article up describing the importance of the Asian American vote in this primary because of the significant populations in Vegas. If the Democratic candidates are going to make any mention of Asian American issues, this would be the place to do it.
So, normally I’d be at home, glued to the television and mocking Brian Williams’ hair. But instead, I’ll be having a delightful conversation with my intrepid grad students. Immovable object meets irresistible force. A war of two goods.
Thankfully, my Wednesday night class ends with just enough time for me to get home before Project Runway starts.