*Originally published in A Guide to Making Open Textbooks with Students (Rebus Community, Ed. Elizabeth Mays) OER, OPEN PEDAGOGY, AND THE EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE SURVEY At the start of each semester, I write a simple maxim on the board for discussion: “all people are equally intelligent.” The underlying claim, in a paraphrased line from radical philosopher Jacques Rancière, is that any measurable differences in “intelligence” have more to do with access than with intellect. So, before course themes, content, objectives, or outcomes, I insist upon equality as a first principle and a constant practice. Then, as a group, we deliberate: what does “equal” mean in this context? How about “intelligent”? Is the claim true? How does it call upon us[…]