Craig Stroupe | Associate Professor of Information Design | Department of Writng Studies | 1201 Ordean Court # 420 | University of Minnesota Duluth | Duluth, MN 55812 | 218-726-6249 | fax 218-726-6882 | cstroupe@d.umn.edu

Intellectual Postcards

We remember and understand ideas best when we grasp them as part of networks or stories rather than in isolation, and with concrete examples rather than abstractions.

Try imagining a key idea as a postcard.

1. it identifies the source of the idea (who said it, to whom, as part of what debate or critical effort, in what field of study, as published or supported by some organization)

2. defines a key term in a transformative way

3. places that idea in the context of other ideas (debates, differences, cause and effects, comparisons, narratives)

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