by Pat Darnell | Nov 12, 2015 | Bryan TX
Professor Longshadow smoothed out the ends of his mustache. The nubile on row three, seat four asked a question he could not understand.
"Could you repeat that, please Miss?" Professor Longshadow squinted at her.
"My name is Miss Pembroke. What I am saying is Alaskans chill out; we in Chicago spazz out!"
"Do you feel lacking in some way in your urban life, Miss Pembroke?"
"... Such an institution of coercion, centralizing immorality, directing theft and murder, and coordinating oppression on a scale inconceivable by random criminality exists ..." was what Professor Longshadow had just said in his lecture."What is this really about?" asked the Professor.
"Winter; that's what I am talking about," said Miss Pembroke. "I need a philosophy of Winter."
"But I am lecturing about philosophic models of the Free Market," said Professor.
"Well, that is maybe good for you, but all you are saying is what other philosophers say about each other," explained Miss Pembroke. "I need 21st Century material."
The lecture hall began to hum with under breath mutterings of the other students. It is common fact that Professor Longshadow had been putting students to sleep for many years. Miss Pembroke's interruption awakened many of the sullen tide of undergrads.
"I'm fed up with Philosopher number two talking smack about Philosopher number three," said Miss Pembroke.
All she got was the "Longshadow thousand mile stare."
TO BE CONTINUED...
"...The venerable lecture has few allies today. While many in the humanities have long preferred seminar-style instruction, our friends in the sciences have begun to give the lecture a second look. A growing body of research suggests that lectures simply are not that effective, especially when compared to active-learning models.( WILLIAM FENTON. NOVEMBER 12, 2015. LINK)...""So what you are saying, Miss Pembroke, is that the streets are not a comfortable place for you?" asked Professor Longshadow.
"The streets in Chicago during winter are treacherous, dirty, slushy, mind-boggling dangerous, and yes I am uncomfortable on the streets IN WINTER," said Miss Pembroke, "and what I need is a philosophy that helps me cope with Chicago winters."