This past Tuesday, I got to guest lecture for a Fulbright colleague. The class was “American Culture & Civilization: Schooling America,” and I focused on how we might understand traditional gender roles using David Ives’ short comedy “Sure Thing” from All in the Timing. The class was comprised of English majors and minors, all of whom will graduate after this term. As with my seminar, the students were exceedingly polite though rather reserved. Getting students to speak and volunteer for anything is such a challenge; they are so accustomed to lectures and “passive” learning.
Shortly after class ended, I met the Sullivans (two other Fulbright colleagues) at the National Theatre to see Moliere’s Don Juan. Although the production paled in comparison to the Mein Kampf I had seen there a couple weeks earlier, the evening was most enjoyable…and even a bit surprising: the title character Don Juan arrived for his first scene by walking through the audience…stark naked!