My lecture on Cuba was such a success that I already received 3 emails from students thanking me for it. One student writes that this was the best lecture she ever had in her life.
I especially enjoyed answering the questions students had about Cuba.
“So are you saying Cuban healthcare is not good?” one student asked. “Because this isn’t what we keep hearing.”
“Where did you hear it was good?” I asked.
“Well, there was this documentary by Michael Moore. . .”
This gave me the perfect opportunity to rant about Moore’s phenomenal intellectual dishonesty in the movie Sicko.
I think the lecture was so successful because I was acting more like I do here on the blog than the way I am normally in class. I spoke in a much more personal and direct way, shared my personal experiences in Cuba, used strong language. I don’t mean profanity, of course. I just said things like “the most horrifying, soul-crushing, degrading cynicism anybody could imagine.”
This was the kind of lecture where nobody even thinks of texting or checking their Facebook page because the discussion is so much more interesting. I’m smart, so I held teaching evaluations right after the lecture.