There are ten students coming to New York City this weekend from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland, representing the courses “Rhetoric” and “The Evolution of Writing.” While most visitors headed for the Big Apple tingle over the prospect of things like a Broadway show and the view from the top of the Empire State, English professor David Franke is amped up about a less glitzy landmark:
The students’ visit to the New York Public Library will include a private tour of its rare book room. “They asked for the course syllabus and said they’d match the tour up carefully,” Franke said. “It’s just off-the-charts crazy exciting.”
Always great to behold a teacher who is passionate about their subject(s). Franke is the kind of instructor who correlates Smartphones with the hieroglyphic practices of ancient Egyptians. He also considers the advent of modern technology to be at the center of a third seismic writing-practices shift, following the invention of the alphabet and the development of the printing press.
Speaking of the printing press, during the April 11-12 visit, SUNY students will get a look at a Gutenberg Bible and also pay a visit to the Morgan Museum and Library. The group will back on campus in time for another inspiring event: a talk with prolific Native American author Joseph Bruchac.