Starting tomorrow, we will be launching a new periodic feature to Ordinary Times: Ordinary University.
The thought behind OU is to drill down into academic topics in a non-confrontational manner, based more on communal learning than hashing out the Internet topic-of-the-day. In most cases the ones leading each course will be someone with a deep and professional knowledge about the subject matter; however, we will at times also have courses led by those with a desire to learn along with the community. As is our mantra here, those leading any particular courses will be given a wide latitude to proceed as they see fit.
Our first course, which will start tomorrow, will be on the American Presidency and will be taught by long-time commenter and returning contributor Dr. James Hanley. James is an associate professor of political science at Adrian College, and a Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.
It appears we already have another contributor who is planning a course on poetry starting in February; I will hold off saying more and leave you with that teaser for now.
I should note that in our perfect vision of OU, course leaders will not be restricted to regular contributors. So if you have a topic you would like to see covered — or if you know of someone not accosted with OT you would like to see us approach to teach a course — please let us know in the comment sections, or send me or one of the other editors an email.
Classes start tomorrow.