Splash Biography



JOSHUA MCGILVRAY, Yale History Major who really likes reading




Major: History

College/Employer: Yale

Year of Graduation: 2020

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I'm one of two Scottish Yale undergrads, currently in my Junior year here. I am a history major, but absolutely love teaching and learning a whole range of subjects, English in particular.

I try to encourage students I work with to develop their own skills and viewpoints as much as possible, and structure classes around participant discussion as much as possible.



Past Classes

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H3121: Figuring Out Harry Potter Book 7 in Splash Spring 18 (Apr. 07, 2018)
Almost everyone has some fondness for the Harry Potter books, but we rarely take them seriously - the way we would "real" literature. In this class, we will do exactly that: try to explore the themes of the series (in particular how they are resolved or highlighted in Book 7) and see what Harry Potter can teach us, beyond the rules of Quidditch that is. When I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at 12 years old (on the very day it came out) I remember being a little shocked. There was no Quidditch, no classes, some kinda gloomy Dumbledore flashbacks, and a lot of Ron sulking as Harry and Hermione camped in a tent. This was not what I expected. Ten years later, I'm excited to explore the decisions Rowling made, try to understand why she made them, and argue for why Harry Potter is still worth re-reading.


C2819: Three Really Cool Poems in Sprout Fall 17 (Sep. 30 - Oct. 14, 2017)
There is a poem for absolutely everybody. No matter your interests, literary tastes, and previous experience in poetry, you will find something that delights you. I promise. In this class, we will look at three incredibly different poems ("Stan" by Eminem, "Porphyria's Lover" by Robert Browning, and "In Mrs Tilscher's Class" by Carol Ann Duffy) and try to explore what makes them fascinating, creepy, and fun. We'll see how three different poets writing in three different contexts about three very different subjects created poems that are all powerfully evocative, unique, and yet all use similar poetic techniques. It's gonna be fun.


E2820: Figuring Out Harry Potter Book 7 in Sprout Fall 17 (Sep. 30 - Oct. 14, 2017)
Almost everyone has some fondness for the Harry Potter books, but we rarely examine them as art in the same way we would more traditional works of literature. In this class, we will do exactly that: try to explore the themes of the series (in particular how they are resolved or highlighted in Book 7) and see what Harry Potter can teach us, beyond the rules of Quidditch that is. When I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at 12 years old (on the very day it came out) I remember being a little shocked. There was no Quidditch, no classes, some kinda gloomy Dumbledore flashbacks, and a lot of Ron sulking as Harry and Hermione camped in a tent. This was not what I expected. Ten years later, I'm excited to explore the decisions Rowling made, try to understand why she made them, and argue for why Harry Potter is still worth re-reading.