I’m not always so good at sharing my presentation materials because a lot of what I do is improvised at the moment. I rarely, if ever, have a prepared talk about a specific topic, but develop a conceit around which to frame some ideas I have been thinking about.
For the West Virginia Higher Education Technology Conference here in Morgantown, West Virgina I am framing my presentation around the conference theme “weLearn” using a clip from Leon Gast’s 1996 documentary When We Were Kings (1996), which frames the figure of Muhammad Ali through his 1973 boxing match with George Foreman in Zaire referred to as “The Rumble in the Jungle.” It’s a brilliant documentary, but I focus specifically one one scene, the very last scene, wherein George Plimpton discusses Ali’s poem “Me, we.” It’s fascinating not only because he argues it is the shortest poem in the English language, but also as a way to frame the man. I wanted to take that poem to frame the web, and how we are using it at UMW Blogs and Looking or Whitman, so the following presentation is my attempt. As is always the case, there is very little text and a bunch of videos and images, but I imagine you may get the idea, it is still too long so I have to edit it down, but the first four slides and the final one which is a concluding poem from Whitman “I hear it was charged against me” to bookend the presentation with another poem, which I think suggests what I might be arguing for with the “me we” figure 😉