Coolest thing to happen to me as a prof yet…

Honestly I’ve been hesitating to post this because Adam Martin and Geoff Lea are sure to have a field day with it.
About a week ago one of my former students from my principles of microeconomics class in the fall explained to me that he had digitally recorded all of my lectures from that semester. He continued to explain how he was not so much a business or economics major as he was a music business major and a digital music artist.
Here’s where I started to get excited and Adam and Geoff will think I’m incredibly predictable. The student explained to me how he had used some clips from my lectures and spliced them in as lyrics into his songs. In my opinion, awesome!
I think he sounds like the books.
Here’s a video of one of the tracks:

Also check out track 4, “I Hope I Can Feel Something Like That One Day,” where I was in the midst of a digression about Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments.

I hated dead poet’s society…

Adam Martin’s great post at Aid Watch reminded me of Richard Bell’s work. I remember he mentioned something akin to the following: on the American frontier people were against young women reading current literature, for fear that they would be overwhelmed with the urge to commit suicide. Instead they encouraged reading classics and romantic era literature – talk about irony.
Also be sure to check out Mark Canuel’s The Shadow of Death: Literature, Romanticism, and the Subject of Punishment. Canuel argues that the romantics were critical in motivating social change away from corporal punishments. I wonder if his claim would also suffer criticism from a dose of the Martin via Levy-Peart Hypothesis. Smith and Bentham were some of the loudest critics against torture on economical / epistemic grounds.