coconuts and period teaching

David Hershey dh321 at
Sat Aug 28 23:23:37 EST 1999

The book "Great Scientists Speak Again" (1982, Univ. Calif. Press,
Berkeley) by Zoology professor Richard M. Eakin describes how he dressed
as six famous scientists for "guest lectures" in his general biology
course at Berkeley. He dressed as both Darwin and Mendel. The book has
photographs of him in costume and his lectures. Some of his lectures in
costume were filmed and excerpts made available through Berkeley. He got
a great reception including an NSF grant, publicity in Life magazine,
and more invitations for guest lectures than he could accept. 

walter mozgala wrote:

> ps. ... On the teaching side of things, has anyone tried doing a lecture
> on Darwin, or some other botanically important figure, in period
> dress??  It seems to me that that sort presentation might turn students
> on to what many consider ancient (not hip-hop).
> Any experience or suggestions welcome

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