Trenton B. Olsen
Ph.D. Student History of Art | The Ohio State University
As it evolved from a coffeehouse, the café in European cities became a site of cultural and social interaction and exchange. Artists, writers, intellectuals, and other luminaries would congregate at cafés to discuss ideas, often sparking new thoughts or promoting new artistic and philosophic conceptions. I would like to think of the university classroom as a type of modern day café, a place where I can come together with my students to discuss, learn, and promote new ideas. I therefore hope to provide insight into the classroom atmosphere I strive to create through my online teaching portfolio, demonstrating my philosophy of teaching and the values I hope present to my students.