Charlie Mitchell: American Studies and Beyond

"Do not jump into your automobile next June and rush out to the canyon country hoping to see some of what I have attempted to evoke in these pages. In the first place you can't see anything from a car; you've got to get out of the goddamned contraption and walk, better yet crawl, on hands and knees, over the sandstone and through the thornbush and cactus. When traces of blood begin to mark your trail you'll see something, maybe."

 

Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

So, let's start here:

To those who know me this may seem like an oxymoron: Charlie Mitchell? A web site? You must be kidding. But so it goes.

I have been at Elmira College since the Fall of 1993. My entire professional life and, depending upon when you start counting, the bulk of my adult life has been spent in and around the land of purple and gold. Over these years I have been humbled and honored (if one can hold those two oppositely charged forces in one hand) by the recognition and affirmation with which my students have rewarded me. I have been privileged in my life here, enjoying the kind of daily affirmation that very few careers afford, and I consider myself lucky to have worked with the students and colleagues with whom I have shared these stretches of road.

Scattered throughout here you will find information related to my teaching, writing, research, and co-curricular interests and activities; some of it may even be interesting. If you stumble across something about which you would like more information, feel free to contact me.

For the record: the picture above is obviously staged; my students rarely look that interested in what I am saying, and I am usually afraid to look over their shoulders to see what they are actually writing down. They don't even have the right books! But since this represents how I wish things looked when I am teaching it seems like a good place to start.