Why Mesopotamia Matters: Brief Musings

De Gruyter just published a wonderful, brief article by Ann Guinan in the “Wege der Vermittlung: Schulen und Museen” portion of the journal Altorientalische Forschungen. In the article, she makes a wonderful statement: “We need to work with imaginative, dedicated teachers and learn from them. As partners, the examples suggested and others, can be turned into teaching materials for our website that are easy for teachers to use and adapt, that are animated by a sense of discovery, and written with a feeling for a commitment to the subject.”

Although brief, I wholly agree. Hopefully more scholars will heed her message. To further her idea about working with teachers, I hope that scholars will also work more with artists. My wife, as many don’t know, is an actress. It has been an absolute pleasure to learn from her discipline and to see her learn from my discipline. Based on our experiences, I wonder if partnering with teachers and  artists may prolong the life of humanities in schools and universities.


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