Teaching Spotlight: Mapping Transnational Toy Routes

I’m teaching an American Studies course this summer on conformity and rebellion in youth culture.  A major component of youth culture in America over the past century has been the near constant creation of new toys. An assignment for the course was an investigation of America’s toy culture, and included two parts.  Part 1 askedContinue reading “Teaching Spotlight: Mapping Transnational Toy Routes”

Inspiration: Teen Brains

I teach an online undergraduate course in American Studies at Purdue University, and today we’re reading a chapter from Julie Elman’s book Chronic Youth on teen brains.  Elman argues that even though we’ve always talked about teen behavior craziness since about the 1890s when the concept of adolescence emerges, in the 1980s and 1990s aContinue reading “Inspiration: Teen Brains”