Saturday, January 1, 2022

Empowered: The Grad School Chronicles (1.05)

(Restart Story) 

"Ok, let's get started. I'm Professor Volker. This is a seminar on U.S. economic policy in the twentieth century, and I'm happy to have you all here. In front of you now is the syllabus, which we will be going through together shortly. First, though, introductions are in order." 

You can't help but feel a bit of excitement at the prospect of being in a history seminar for the first time since undergrad. 

This is going to be great!

"I'll begin with myself. My name is Erwin Volker. I am the Frederick Jackson Turner Chair of U.S. Political History. Two of my books have won the prestigious Bancroft prize, with my newest up for consideration for the Pulitzer. Suffice it to say, you're in good hands." 

Volker shifts lazily in Michael's direction. "And you son, what is your name and specialty? I assume you must be studying African American history?" 

"Um, no sir, I was actually hoping to study FDR's domestic policy with you." 

Volker adjusts his glasses and smiles. "Ah, very good, my mistake. Then you must be Michael. I remember your application, very impressive. But I will say now that, contrary to what you may be hoping to write, FDR was certainly not a racist and in fact, his economic policies did much good for black people." 

Michael looks momentarily stunned, but quickly recovers and responds with a curt nod. "OK, well, we can discuss that topic later." 

"I'm sure we will," Volker chides.  

Volker now turns to you, his eyebrows raised in expectation. A few moments of silence pass.

"Well, you have a voice, don't you?" 


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Nicholas Garcia (M.A.) is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Davis. He is also a Co-Founder of the Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies. Previously, he contributed to and the Davis Humanities Institute.