Hello - I'm Wendy Love Anderson, this week's @WeTheHumanities curator. My usual Twitter handle is @humgeek because I cheerfully identify as a "professional humanities geek," with a particular interest in religion, history, and any combination of the two. (My PhD is from the University of Chicago, in History of Christianity. I like to joke that I grew up explaining my Christian father's and Jewish mother's holidays to the other side of the family so often that I decided to do it for a living. This would be more convincing if I hadn't also become a medievalist.)
What I actually do for a living combines academic administration and teaching: I am the Academic Coordinator in the Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis. This means that I'm in charge of the center's "academic," i.e. curricular, programming. Over the five years I've worked in this capacity, I've gotten involved in everything from graduate-level credit for K-12 instructors in an NEH Summer Institute to the creation of a brand-new undergraduate minor in Medical Humanities starting just this past fall. With a lot of help from colleagues across the university, I've learned how to list and cross-list courses, assign advisors, bring in speakers, and add last-minute awards to the Commencement program. It's never boring!
My major ongoing responsibilities, however, are the Minor in Children's Studies and the Merle Kling Undergraduate Honors Fellowship Program, both aimed at undergraduates with interdisciplinary interests, both housed in WU's Center for the Humanities. I advise, teach, and act as the primary administrative contact for both programs. I'll talk more about what that entails as we get into the week. I also have various bits of research going on, but that winds up on the back burner too often these days.
I fail completely at having non-work hobbies, because mine are currently children (6 and 8) and religion (Jewish, which I mention because I need to work out how to schedule tweets between now and Friday afternoon). I'm married to a science geek at the same university: we very, very occasionally manage romantic lunches at the campus Subway.
The last few guest curators have been a tough act to follow, but I am looking forward to tweeting about everything from the hidden hilarity of course listings to the intersection of childhood and religious studies.