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Normal Way. Seriously.
There’s actually a good explanation: MTSU was founded in 1911 as a normal school for the purpose of training teachers. The name acknowledges the university’s history. I think that’s a good thing.

My name is Susan Myers-Shirk and I’m a faculty member in the Department of History at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN.  I teach US cultural and intellectual history. I’m especially interested in the history of values and teach courses related to questions about how Americans have made choices about what they consider right and wrong, good and bad, aesthetically pleasing and not. I offer topics courses on the history of cultural rebellion, morality, alternative spirituality, and road culture, as well as a course on how cultural hierarchies are created.

MTSU is one of the fastest growing universities in the state and is located 35 miles south of Nashville, TN in one of the fastest growing counties in the country. Some days it feels pretty crowded here–good luck finding a parking space on campus–so I like to visit wide open spaces. Sometimes I post random pictures from trips I have taken to national and state parks and wild areas. For really good photographs, visit my husband’s website. He’s a professional nature photographer.

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