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Created: October 22, 2001
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Thesis Project Meeting: November 6, 2001

Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata and Individual Authors: November 2001.
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Members Present: Darby Southgate, Berthena Kemp, Marlene Boykin. Topics:
  • Ancient Middle Eastern History (Berthena and Darby)
  • Topic and Literature Review for Berthena's Thesis Project (Berthen, Darby, and later, Marlene)


  • Topic: Berthena has settled on the project of setting up our cross the oceans connection network with Zambia and Zimbabwe.

  • Statement of the Problem:

    Through our Dear Habermas connections with other peacemaking groups, we had some contacts in Zambia and Zimbabwe. These were enhanced by travel to these two countries in the Summer of 2001. Through our contacts we began a network that we would like to use to begin toexchange information and some minor funding that will alleviate some of the difficulties our friends are facing.

    We discovered that a casual donation of $5 meant that there could be thatched roof erected over a church building or school building this Fall. We plan to extend our efforts in the community to provide such minimal help when we know that it is needed. Although that is not the pupose of our extending Dear Habermas to Zambia and Zimbabwe, it is something we can offer as we get to know our friends a little better.

  • Methodology:

    The project will be comprised of a collection of all the contacts we will need to make in order to establish this network. We will use a snowball sampling technique because we won't to extend the network from friends and contacts already established.

    We will describe the setbacks, the obstacles we encounter, as well as the successes, and will provide a qualitative analysis of these data in terms of patterns for the establishment of such world-wide networks, using the skills we have learned in the process of establishing Dear Habermas over the last three years.

    Procedures: Knowing that Dear Habermas planned to undertake this project, we have already begun our work. Those who have the information on this we need to collect for the Project are:

    • Kerry Partika who has attempted to contact Mrs. Landless in Zambia.

    • Father Peter, who spoke with us on Zambia and is in contact with us from Dublin.

    • Professor Munashe Furasa, of CSUDH, who spoke with us on Zimbabwe, and will help us.

  • Review of Literature:

    Each of us shared ideas and references on the review of litrature. Darby has Marx on feudalism and the shift to capitalism. jeanne has Gonzalez on the commodification of land in th colonial setting. Collaborative writing means having sessions like this where we can exchange theoretical ideas and help each other.

    The primary focus of the review of literature will cover:

    • Colonialism, post-colonialism. Edward Said, Frant Fanon, Gayatri Spivak, etc.

    • Alterity and the Other, including Edward Said's analyses of literature and the complicity of cultures in not permitting awareness of colonialism. this section will focus on the complicity of denial and how we can overcome that denial. The establishment of this network is meant to help in that process.

    • Transforming Discourse. Here we will examine theoretically the praxis of how to overcome our willingness "not to know" as well as our assumptions that we "know."