What’s New Gets Old- Eventually

I am walking by a small group of students near the library that is in my building. They are deep in discussion, their voices just a blur of conversation. As I pass by, one of them suddenly bursts out: “I mean, can you imagine having to go to the library to look things up on little cards in little drawers???!!!!”

His voice rises in pitch and gets even louder, “WITH THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM???!!!! That’s just crazy!!! I don’t know how anybody found out anything doing that!!!!!”

I, who am now in my 30th year of teaching, proceed on my way, fantasizing that one day, that student will be older and passing by a similar group of students who he will overhear saying, “I mean, can you imagine having to looking things up on a computer???!!! ON THE INTERNET???!!! That’s just crazy!!! I don’t know how anybody found out anything doing that!!!!!”

Revenge is sweet, if only in one’s fantasies.

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About Jane Alden Stevens

Jane Alden Stevens is a photographer and educator who is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of Cincinnati. An active artist, Stevens has exhibited and published her work extensively both in the US and abroad. She is the author of “Tears of Stone: World War I Remembered” (2004). In the course of her teaching career, Stevens taught courses in film, photography, and professional practices for fine artists. Her interest in teaching practices was deepened when she started teaching the "Graduate Teaching Workshop", a required graduate level course for fine artists and art historians that prepares them to teach the courses they will later be assigned. She was also involved in the Preparing Future Faculty program at the University of Cincinnati, which prepares masters and doctoral students across all programs for teaching at the university level. She has conducted pedagogy workshops for a variety of universities, as well as participated in academic practicum panels at educational conferences. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Stevens was honored with the all-university Cohen Award for Excellence in University Teaching at the University of Cincinnati in 2002 and Professor of the Year honors in her college in 2011.

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