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Sam Holder

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About Me

Sam Holder is a professional freelance writer with published articles in major regional publications including Portland Monthly, Tallahassee Democrat, Egypt Independent, Youm7, and The Portland Gazette. Sam has a BA in English Literature, a MA in International Human Rights Law, and is pursuing a PhD in International law. He specializes in travel, personal finance, law, lifestyle, marketing, music, and entertainment.

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My Writing Samples

Teaching About Creative Expressions of Resistance in Contemporary Cairo

In the midst of Egypt’s recent revolutions, protests and violence, Samuel Holder describes how he became involved in creating a new course about the role of creative expression in the face of oppression. He tells of initial hostility to the course, but also his hopes for engaging his students more fully in the future.

https://lacuna.org.uk/protest/teaching-about-creative-expressions-of-resistance-in-contemporary-cairo/

Experience

Instructor

University lecturer in Rhetoric and Composition at Egypt's most elite and rigorous university. Conducted seminars and lectures at a full course load in rhetoric, composition, business writing, research skills, research writing, public speaking, and political resistance.

Company: The American University in Cairo

I worked there from 8/2012 until 8/2016

Writing Tutor

Provided academic writing assistance to members of both the undergraduate and graduate student body at the American University in Cairo. Held workshops on argumentative and rhetorical writing tools. Assisted with in-depth review of thesis-length projects. Received full tuition reimbursement and stipend for services rendered.

Company: The American University in Cairo

I worked there from 8/2010 until 7/2012

Freelance Writer

Contribute features, blog posts and sidebar pieces to Portland Monthly Magazine, The Tallahassee Democrat, The Portland Tribune, in|ur Magazine, AUC Today and Youm7 English Edition. Writer for Sagacity Media. Contributing writer and editor for Himal Southasian (Kathmandu, Nepal), Trails.com and LIVESTRONG.com.

Company: Self-Employed

I worked there from 5/2008 until now

Languages I Write In

Content I Write

Ideas and Pitches I Wrote

Noise-Canceling Educating

Children of the nineties have no understanding of the type of noise with which current high school students must contend. Many educators, too, are aware of the impact such digital noise, but are left to navigate curricula without the tools and techniques to "cancel" the noise in the classroom. This blog post addresses this gap, and proposes some strategies to help in-class teachers calm the anxious and shouted-down minds of their students.

Content type: Blog Post

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Spicing up the Holidays with European Treats

This blog post will highlight several high-performing products from European Deli, in an effort to ramp up traffic to the site ahead of the holiday season. The goal here is to integrate imported products with the mainstream American holiday culture.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: european deli,holidays,christmas,food,chocolate,cookies,confectionary

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The Swell of Immunotherapy in Oncology

This blog post would be an opening salvo into the prominence of immunotherapy treatments for various types of cancers. With the successes in clinical trials and regional treatment, opportunities for pharma businesses is large. Again, this blog post would represent what a series of similar articles might offer.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: oncology,pharma,immunotherapy,pfizer,bristol meyers squibb

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Highlighting Experience in Blended Learning

Traditional blended learning involves an array of resources -- digital, classroom, location-based -- to deliver enhanced and stimulating instruction. In my own teaching, I've found that delegating some teaching responsibilities to students, with specific direction to utilize their own unique educational and personal experience, empowers them and others to learn differently, trust one another more, and ultimately retain knowledge. Some of these best practices will be discussed in this blog post.

Content type: Blog Post

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Transparency in Marking

Both at the secondary and university level, anxiety over marks leaves students overwhelmed and paralyzed. One effective strategy to combat student stress and maximize students' potential is to open up the marking process, making it both transparent and collaborative. This can be accomplished by both deploying e-learning tools and delegating some low-level marking responsibilities to students, empowering them to be critical, empathetic, and more genuinely bought into the value of assessment.

Content type: Blog Post

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Tragedy and Pedagogy

Tragedy is sometimes seen as an obstacle to education -- it presents limits, brings into sharp relief notions of mortality, realizations of priorities, and tends to insulate communities. However, having spent six years teaching in mid- and post-Revolution Egypt, I am familiar with the ways that tragedy and crisis can inform instruction. This blog post would offer three to five effective strategies to deploy in education amid tragedy as a means to confront, reflect, and move forward.

Content type: Blog Post

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What Crisis Means in Context

This blog post would confront the issue of crisis in education, as experienced in different contexts. As a former university instructor in Cairo, Egypt during and after a Revolution, I understand how students can bring extracurricular experiences and activities -- stemming from crisis and tragedy -- to students from other cultures as a way of sharing, coping, learning, and growing. This cross-cultural exchange helps bring students from disparate backgrounds together, bridging the gap slightly.

Content type: Blog Post

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Remaining Relevant in a High School Classroom

When contending with out-of-date textbooks and curricula that struggle to keep pace with the rapid advancement of education, knowledge acquisition outside of the classroom, and technological advances, it can be challenging to keep the classroom space relevant. However, one key strategy that works well with High Schoolers particularly is to demonstrate a command over popular culture and technology, while at the same time allowing that command to inform traditional pedagogies inside disciplines.

Content type: Blog Post

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Managing Student Loans Under New Tax Reforms

The new tax policy, passed by the Republican Congress, means some changes in the federal student loan policy. This means that some strategies to manage and repay student loans may be outdated or less fiscally prudent. This blog post will outline some new strategies for repayment and management, as well as address some of the more significant winners and losers, in the student pool, in the new tax policy rollout.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: student loans,tax policy,strategies,repayment

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Effective Boosts on Facebook Advertising

This blog post will delve into the dark world of Facebook "boosted" posts. There are a number of strategies that can be deployed to more effectively market your social media posts, and garner the largest possible audience. There are similarly poor strategies that some businesses advance that lead to poor performance, and loss of exposure.

Content type: Blog Post

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Are You Financially Ready?

The Freakonomics podcast recently broadcast an episode in which Harold Pollack recounted the viral success of his Nine Financial Rules, which can all fit neatly on an index card. One of his central rules is "Buy a House When Financially Ready." As millennials struggle to navigate the shifting landscape of middle-classdom, the definition of "financially ready" seems ever elusive. This article outlines some conditions of readiness that, maybe, this generation's parents never needed to consider

Content type: Article

Keywords: middle class,millennials,first time homebuyer,personal finance

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Control at the Source: The Seeds

Buying healthy foods grown organically and regionally sourced can be tough. However, there are structural constraints that often go overlooked, particularly in a food-rich context like the United States. This article details the means by which agrobusinesses take control of seed development and distribution, stripping local farmers of autonomy in crop diversification, and control over primary resources like seed.

Content type: Article

Keywords: seeds,organic,crops,regional

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Five Can't Miss New Clubs in Istanbul

Most seasoned travelers are aware of hotspots like Izzy Finkel and Reina, but the glow of previously hip night spots tends to fade with time. This article details some of the newest, heaviest hitters in the nightclub scene in Istanbul, sure to keep you on your toes with your hips shaking until last call. This detailed breakdown will include the hottest in EDM but also in hip-hop and upbeat pop.

Content type: Blog Post

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Increase Math Play, Not MathWork

Two recent studies show that 1) students (particularly in low socio-economic contexts) have less free play and recess time, despite current wisdom suggesting that cognitive ability is enhanced in play, and 2) math-oriented games, and even non-math play, leads to reduced math stress in younger students. This article will outline some of the key findings of these studies, their impact on current students, and some takeaways that parents can use to enhance the development of their development.

Content type: Article

Keywords: childhood development,early childhood,cognition

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Rustic Fashion on the Comeback

Grime, grit, and sweat often have no place on a Parisian runway. However, recent trends suggest that the backpacking aesthetic is finding its way into the major fashion houses around the globe. This opens an interesting avenue for the zipper market, which is well-positioned to take a function-meets-fashion ride on the current wave. This article will detail the rising fad of outdoorsy fashion, and the myriad ways into which the zipper industry can profitably intervene.

Content type: Article

Keywords: zippers,fashion,outdoors,backpacking opportunity

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Top Five Dog Toys of 2018

Dog stress is real! Just like humans, our little lads need comfort and serenity, too, particularly in these uncertain times. The hottest new dog toys of 2018 demonstrate the rising trend of "calming" toys for dogs, particularly in the collar variety. Other hot sellers this year include the continued success of organic dog toys and treats, which ride the sustainable, regionally sourced trend, and treat-dispensing toys, which are both fun for dogs and can help with training routines.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: dogs,training,treats,toys,dog toys,new

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