The Georgetown Library has asked UD…

…to offer a poetry course next March through April, and she has happily accepted. Each session will be a close reading of an important poem. I’ll start with Romantic odes, then move on to Victorian, modern, and postmodern poetry. So there will be a dual focus: Changes in poetry from era to era, and intensive analysis of style and content.

As the date approaches, UD will announce details to any of her local readers that might be interested.

UD is proud to announce that her poetry MOOC…

… has broken 7,000.

A reminder: An updated and expanded version of one of her MOOC lectures will form the basis of her remarks at the DC Public Library, Georgetown branch, on Charles Wright, who’s the current poet laureate. Date, time: Saturday, September 13, at 1:00. Open to the public.

And here’s a description of the upcoming talk:

America’s newest poet laureate, Charles Wright, has said this about his new job: “”I will not be an activist laureate… I’ll probably stay here at home and think about things.” Unlike most of his predecessors, Wright has no particular social or political agenda. His poetry is contemplative; he seems to write most of it while gazing, at night, toward the hills around Charlottesville, Virginia (he’s a professor at the University of Virginia). And what he writes – in long broad American lines, like Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg – expresses the strange metaphysical place in which a lot of contemporary people find themselves, drawn toward belief in God and the meaning and consolation such belief offers a life; yet profoundly skeptical, profoundly bound by earthly life.

I’ll offer, along with general thoughts about Charles Wright and his place in American poetry and culture, a close reading of one of his most famous poems, Black Zodiac, among whose lines I find this one most illuminating, suggestive, and beautiful:

We go to our graves with secondary affections,
Second-hand satisfaction, half-souled,
star charts demagnetized.

UD will talk about America’s current poet laureate …

Charles Wright, at the DC Public Library, Georgetown branch, on Saturday September 13, at 1:00.

The Jewish Week Quotes Your Blogueuse…

… in reporting that cash- … there must be a more urgent word than strapped — cash-sapped? – Yeshiva University will make about $20 million by selling ten apartment buildings near its Washington Heights campus.

Moody’s [has] cut YU’s credit rating to Baa2, the second lowest rung. Bloomberg News quoted Margaret Soltan, an associate professor of literature at George Washington University, who said, “What’s very heartbreaking about Yeshiva is that it attracts these very sincere, spiritual people yet it is revealing itself to be such a catastrophe. … It’s a catastrophe for the community that the leadership there has managed to screw it up.”

UD’s post on Harvard’s endowment (see below) went viral…

… or whatever you call it when hundreds and hundreds of people link to something. I’m delighted. Reuters has also linked to the post.

4,999 Students in UD’s Poetry MOOC…

… which, if I’m not mistaken, is one short of 5,000. The number continues to grow at a healthy pace, and UD is thrilled.

If you’ve found any of UD‘s posts on poetry – of poetry – of interest, you’ll find at the link a systematic presentation of her take on the form.

“What’s very heartbreaking about Yeshiva is that it attracts these very sincere, spiritual people yet it is revealing itself to be such a catastrophe,” said Margaret Soltan, an associate professor of literature at George Washington University in Washington who blogs about higher education. “It’s a catastrophe for the community that the leadership there has managed to screw it up.”

UD is quoted in today’s Bloomberg News on the Yeshiva University disaster.

UD was just interviewed by Bloomberg News…

… on the financial crisis at Yeshiva University. If any of her pungent commentary makes it into the article, she’ll link you to it.

Note To My Readers: If you also read my Twitter page…

…it’s been hacked. I’ve cancelled the account. Meanwhile, if you’ve gotten strange messages from it, ignore.

Margaret Soltan Featured…

…in this interview about MOOCs.

University Diaries Makes the Times Higher Education!

UD is very proud.

It’s not that there aren’t important university stories today…

… and it’s not that readers and friends haven’t been sending me, over the last few days, all sorts of fascinating stuff. It’s that UD has been flinging herself from one event to the next today (interviewing Fulbright candidates, taking a student out to lunch, being interviewed about MOOCs by eCampus News) and is now tired. She will rest up and do some posting later this evening.

Andrew Sullivan…

… features Karol Edward Soltan on moderation.

Ol’ UD gets a nice mention in this piece…

… about MOOCs.

My MOOC on poetry, by the way, now has 3,764 students. Feel free to give it a whirl.

Poets&Writers Magazine features UD in an article…

… about MOOCs.

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