Teaching Points– Christine Grella Comments on “Addiction Research”

Editor’s Note: Yesterday, psychologist Chris Grella presented a syllabus that lays out the institutional history (or histories) into which new researchers will intervene as they pursue their work– whether as bench scientists or as service providers.  Today, the rationale behind the class, and the nuances it hopes to add to work that will take placeContinue reading “Teaching Points– Christine Grella Comments on “Addiction Research””

Teaching Points– Addiction Research: History, Policy, and Practice

Editor’s Note: The Teaching Points series is a celebration of pedagogy on drugs.  In our second installment for the back-to-school season, we look at a rare specimen– a med-psy class that emphasizes history and its relevance for clinicians, researchers, and treatment providers.  Guest blogger Christine Grella is Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at theContinue reading “Teaching Points– Addiction Research: History, Policy, and Practice”

Teaching Points– Matt Crawford Comments on “History of Drugs in the Modern World”

 Editor’s Note: Today, historian of early modern drugs Matt Crawford reflects on his seminar “The History of Drugs in the Modern World,” the syllabus of which inaugurated this fall’s “Teaching Points” series.  In his commentary today, he discusses the abiding aims of the class as well as what he changed from its first iteration– theContinue reading “Teaching Points– Matt Crawford Comments on “History of Drugs in the Modern World””

Teaching Points– A History of Drugs in the Modern World

Editor’s Note: Continuing in a great year-old tradition, Points kicks off this back to school season as we did last year, with a celebration of drug and alcohol pedagogy from various fields.  Over the next five weeks, the “Teaching Points” series will present the syllabi from relevant classes in history, criminology, international relations, economics andContinue reading “Teaching Points– A History of Drugs in the Modern World”

Drug Exhibitionism: Alcohol and Drug History in a Local Museum

As part of a semester-long series of events related to addiction here at the University of Michigan, a group of students researched and designed an exhibit called “Bad Habits: Drinks, Drags, and Drugs in Washtenaw County History” for a local museum. Co-sponsored by the College of Literature, Science and the Arts and by the UniversityContinue reading “Drug Exhibitionism: Alcohol and Drug History in a Local Museum”

Welcome Home: A Journey to Dr. Bob’s House

“Welcome home,” said the man who greeted us as we stood on the sidewalk in front of the Craftsman-style house.  After a long and rainy drive that had begun early that morning, I was grateful to hear those kind words.  Along with a group of graduate students from the University of Michigan, I had drivenContinue reading “Welcome Home: A Journey to Dr. Bob’s House”

Points Editor Spillane Pushes Occupy Wall Street off the Front Page

Editor’s Note: Okay, it wasn’t really the front page, but Points Managing Editor Joe Spillane was featured in the Gainesville Sun yesterday (17 October), talking with staff writer Nathan Crabbe about his career as a drug historian and an innovative class he is teaching this term on Illicit Enterprise.  We re-post the story here toContinue reading “Points Editor Spillane Pushes Occupy Wall Street off the Front Page”

Teaching Points: “Narcotic Hedonism: American Drug Use”– Commentary on the Class

Editor’s Note: In the second part of their contribution to the “Teaching Points” series, Wesleyan University seniors Robert Echeverria and Siddhanth Issar meditate on the challenges and promises of a peer-led pedagogy of alcohol and drugs history.  The syllabus for their class on “Narcotic Hedonism” appeared yesterday. “Hello Professors Echeverria & Issar.” “We’re not professors.Continue reading “Teaching Points: “Narcotic Hedonism: American Drug Use”– Commentary on the Class”

Teaching Points: “Narcotic Hedonism: American Drug Use”

Editor’s Note:  The fourth installation in our “Teaching Points” series is a bit of a trip, to say the least.  A “Student Forum” at Wesleyan University, “Narcotic Hedonism” is the brainchild of Robert Echeverria  and Siddhanth Issar, advanced undergraduates working under the guidance of Sociology Professor Jonathan Cutler.  They explain the rationale for the classContinue reading “Teaching Points: “Narcotic Hedonism: American Drug Use””

Teaching Points: “Women and Addiction: A Feminist Perspective”– Commentary on the Class

Editor’s Note: Echoing themes sounded by guest blogger Eoin Cannon, Ohio State University Graduate Instructor Sarah Carnahan reflects on the risks–and benefits– of self-disclosure when teaching about addiction and recovery. This summer was my first foray into teaching an undergraduate course about women and addiction in our Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department. One ofContinue reading “Teaching Points: “Women and Addiction: A Feminist Perspective”– Commentary on the Class”

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