You should #hearreadseethis!

The Truman community shows our commitment to lifelong learning by recommending something to hear, read, or see that is not directly related to our undergraduate major, professional training, or job title.

Read on to add to your hearing, reading, and seeing list.

These are pretty eclectic. They are broken down into music for day and music for night (naturally). There’s new stuff and old stuff, jazz, rap, pop, rock, and even Beach Boys. Prince made the list but not (alas!) David Bowie. Check out the lists and listen on Spotify.

This exhibition includes items that have never before been permitted to travel outside of their permanent collections – mostly those from Italy.  And everything has been granted permission for digital imaging so that all of it will be accessible to teachers who wish to create lessons for their classes. On view through August 31, 2016. Take a look!

It aligns with modern education ideas about teaching v. learning (what you say v. what they hear) while still showing why many old diagrams and charts have such power today (Galileo, Audubon, etc.) It also has a whole chapter on diagnosing Powerpoint disasters that most everyone could benefit from. It’s also just a very pretty book that could sit on most any coffee table (does anyone have coffee tables anymore?).

Spoiler: combines linguistics, biology, information science, and mathematics. Here’s the link.

The Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham, is about genetic engineering, botany, sociology, and war. It is also about deadly meteor showers (I have never looked at lightning without thinking about the spectacular sky show in the book), man-eating plants that move when you aren’t looking, and the British ability to handle anything after having just fought off the Nazis.

In looking at the Amazon reviews, there are concerns from teachers that this is not scary enough, and the main hero is a bit wooden, but if you look at him as an embodiment of the stoic, moral, Brit who is fighting (the Germans) through a war that will be the end of civilization, you can see why Wyndham wrote him that way.

Years ago one of the common assignments in our 3D design class was to build a flower that was taller than you were, and I could not go into a room filled with the plants and when they were displayed in the hallway outside my office I would avoid walking down the hall unless absolutely necessary.

It is a summer page-turner, but is also a good tale that precedes such stories as The Andromeda Strain, warnings about how good intentions can go very very wrong. I realize there are concerns about unforeseen consequences in genetic engineering. Keep the triffids in mind, and you will be nervous about the future…

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