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There will be a Memorial Service for Professor Harold Charnofsky on Sunday, February 9, 2003, at 1 p.m., in the Grand Hall of the Loker Student Union. Dr. Charnofsky was a warm and caring teacher, who helped launch many of family counselling careers over the decades. He showered most of his love on that program, founded by him, sheltered by him, and in whose success he basked with all his students. And he still had a fair measure of love and caring left over for his sociology students. All of us will miss his enthusiastic and caring presence.

Thorughout his academic career, he served selflessly in the Academic Senate, and in other administrative roles, in which he sought to make California State University into the realization of his dream of a school that would serve all faithfully and well.

We miss him, and we invite you all to share in our memorial. jeanne

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'Columbia Is Lost'

Memorial planned Wednesday for late astronauts
BY Amy Olson, Journal Times, 2/1/03

RACINE -- The sirens sounding throughout the city Saturday afternoon were part of a routine civil defense test, but their wail might as well have been for mourning the loss of one of Racine's heroes.

Mayor Jim Smith ordered flags be lowered to half-staff Saturday throughout the city in memory of Laurel Blair Salton Clark [third from left in the photo] and the other six astronauts on board the space shuttle Columbia. He said he's also asked businesses to lower flags for an appropriate period of mourning as well.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St. Rather than rejoicing about a successful mission, Racinians were mourning with the families of all seven astronauts who are believed to have perished aboard Columbia as it disintegrated above Texas just before it was scheduled to land in Florida.

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Our lived experience keeps interrupting the best laid plans of a well structured course laid in the linear bureaucratic narrative of reality. Things are supposed to go along as ordained by the hierarchies (of NASA, of space exploration, of scientific progress and dominance over nature), and then one second brings us back to the real world we live in. War at this moment is colored by humans' delicate and interdependent realation to the world "out there." Yesterday's tragedy seems a long way from our lived reality unless you recognize that linear thinking isn't a good model for the real world, for we are an interactive world with individuals and communities all moving in their own orbs as they intertwine and alter each others' courses. Saturday's tragedy with the space shuttle touches us all. War is about our controlling one another with adequate zeal to kill. Then nature or God or space change all that in a moment, reminding us that we are usurping and unleashing terrible powers, and hurling them at one another, a little like witches of lore hurling curses.

It takes strong leadership to gide us away from a path of control, oppression, colonialism. Nature won't be colonialized. Neither will the cutting edges of science. Leadership now must lead us to understand the long-term gains of space exploration, and to recognize our interdependence with all the various orbs that entails. And whats the best way we've found to lead us to long-term understanding? Illocutionary discourse. Discourse in which we listen in good faith to one another, not to gain consensus, not to insist that we all agree or that 51% of us will control the decision-making, but to broaden our perspective, to come to understand the values and histories and passions of the Other, so that we can begin to find ways to live and work together. One of our students has taken a significant step in that direction:

On Sunday Morning, February 2, 2003, this message awaited from one of our students:

hello jeanne I am not putting my name right here but I wanted to comment on todays space shutter disaster. It is about as sad as september 11h was. last year I found out how hard my son took this disaster, he was literally scared to death that terrorists would bomb up buildings again, so much so that he did not want to live. he had been in fear of that event for a whole year and I had no idea of this until september 10, 2002, when I had to call 911 to have his life saved. well today he was around me all day and followed me around the house, just talking about nothing in particular, but letting me not be out of his sight for to long. he has felt bogged down as if a heavy weight is upon him, as if I would not be around him, as if some one or something is threatening his home.jeanne I write this because my son is 18 years old and feels that the world is truly messed up and that its invading our home and he isn't going to let that happen. usually I have to really get on him about going to church, but the last conversation he had with me before he said good night was , mom , be sure to wake me up early so we can go to church together. jeanne , as a parent I want to let others know that even our young adult children are afraid of disasters and we should talk with them when events of this nature happen, they still need our assurance that we are there for them. also My oldest son, came over and my daughter came over with my grandson,each just to say hello and we just talked about nothing in particular, we all just hugged each other and assured each other that we loved one another. It was a blessed day for me because I don't get to see my young adult children as often as I would like because they are busy living and making their way, but today was our day to say we love each other and hug and just be close. we are not guaranteed tomorrows. so for everyone, to those that you love cherish each moment with them. thanks jeanne

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TOPIC OF THE WEEK:
War and Leadership and Illocutionary Discussion

  • Michael Griffin (CSUDH) at West Coast Peace Rallies:

    . . .
    Michael says: "try these - both off the wire - one from cnn, the smaller one,
    the larger from AP, taken from yahoo:"
  • "Michael Griffin snaps a photo of an anti-war speaker during a protest against the United States' possible war with Iraq during a demonstration in downtown San Francisco, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003. Griffin wore a manequin with the likeness of U.S. President Bush (news - web sites) as king of the world. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)"

    I decided we needed a Number 1 issue for Volume 16, which was tacked onto the Number 4 issue of Volume 15. Hey, Susan and Pat and I care about your learning to think critically, so we can be a little sloppy about issue numbers. It's the war and illocutionary discussions that matters. I figured Michael earned the right to the weekly topic spot for making the news. He took these photos off the wires. Impressive. And since our site is about peace and justice, I guess they couldn't be more appropriate.

    But our site is also about critical thinking in a postmodern world, with lots of our positions, including illocutionary discourse, coming from Habermas, and in the case of illocutionary discussion, Maria Pia Lara. Those of you who have studied with us know that we try hard to balance the positions we offer, because it is the right to choose our lives and our future that are unique to humans. So I want to balance the traditional peace rallies with solid information and thought and theory. These resources are just a start:

    'Old Europe' Reacts To Rumsfeld's Label By Keith B. Richburg. Washington Post Foreign Service. Friday, January 24, 2003; Page A20. Backup.

    Why Bush Won't Wait By Bill Keller. New York Times Editorial, Saturday, January 25, 2003. Backup. Good reasoning. Essay up shortly.

    U.S. Knows Its Condition -- Lousy By Robert Sheer. Los Angeles Times Editorial, Tuesday, January 28, 2003. Backup. I wanted to share my laughter with you. I thought the imagery was great, and I couldn't help recalling Michael Griffin at the San Francisco peace rally with his Dubya costume.

    "You also have to wonder why the Democrats offer only token opposition to an administration run amok. And you might also be curious as to why the mass media have allowed this "what, me worry?" president to charm his way through the worst humbling of the U.S. economy since the Depression.

    Michael's Dubya at Peace Rally in San Francisco"Perhaps all these powerful people just think we're stupid. This seemed to be the belief last Wednesday, when the president pitched his latest economic stimulus for the wealthy while standing in front of a painted facade of 'Made in the USA' boxes in a room where the words 'Made in China' on hundreds of real boxes had been taped over by presidential volunteers."

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    New This Issue NEW for the Week of January 27, 2003
    Please note that there is an overlap with Volume 15, Number 4, the previous issue. Please check that Issue if you don't find something you're looking for. Additions this week will go up here on Volume 16, Number 1.

    Announcements:

    There will be a memorial service for Professor Harold Charnofsky on sunday, February 9, 2003, in the Grand Hall of the Loker Student Union. Dr. Charnofsky was a warm and caring teacher, who helped launch many of family counselling careers over the decades. He showered most of his love on that program, founded by him, sheltered by him, and in whose success he basked with all his students. And he still had a fair measure of love and caring left over for his sociology students. All of us will miss his enthusiastic and caring presence.

    Thorughout his academic career, he served selflessly in the Academic Senate, and in other administrative roles, in which he sought to make California State University into the realization of his dream of a school that would serve all faithfully and well.

    We will all miss him, and we invite you all to share in our memorial. jeanne

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    There will be a memorial service in Racine on Wednesday, February 5, 2003, for the Astronauts of the Columbia.

    TOPIC OF THE WEEK:
    War and Leadership and Illocutionary Discussion

      This week I will put up a number of pieces on the analysis of different ways of looking at humans and the systems in which we live, and relate these to Martin Luther King, Jr. and talk about the way this pending war with Iraq seems to be happening. I tend to read the New York Times and the L.A.Times and the Wall Street Journal. But I miss a lot. If you find something I missed, let me know. We seek balance in order to make reasoned choices, and I happen to agree with Habermas that that's important. January 26, 2003.

      I changed this to a bi-weekly issue because there's so much going on at both campuses, the two weeks seem to fit together as we focus on transactions and transparency, and, as Susan reminds me, this is a process, one we need to take a little time with. I plan to put up a statistics and methods file, illustrating how transactions and transparency work, but I have to meet with a local artist today, Michael Salerno. So you'll need to give me a day or so to get all this up. Check out Susan and jeanne talk about teaching for an explanation of transaction and transparency, meanwhile. love and peace, jeanne

    Reading Preparations for Transactions on Thursday, February 6, 2003, in Sociology of Reality:

    Jeanne and Pat will be in their offices from about 12 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, 2003, for Sociology of Reality. Any of you who missed last Wednesday, please try to check in on Thursday. The syllabus will be up shortly at Sociology of Reality. You are welcome to introduce other transactions, but it would be a good idea to post the material on which your transaction will be based, so the rest of us will have read it. jeanne

    SiteMap for an explanation of how the site works.

    Sociology of Reality Syllabus going up here. But I just started. jeanne

    Spanish Language Resources:

    Reorganizing the section available in Foreign Languages. Just started on this. jeanne. January 23, 2003.

    Spanish Language Sites and Materials Additiions January 28, 2003.

    Thesis Materials:

    Grades, Transaction Talk, and Where Are Jeanne and Pat?:

    Grades on Transactions for Sociology of Reality

    Guys, DECIDE NOW! WE HAVE TO MAKE PLANS.Pat and jeanne are planning to attend the Justice Studies Association conference in Albany in late May. Grades for all work with Sociology of Reality will need to be turned in before we leave. Please note that in your calendars. Also note that you are welcome to submit conference materials with us and attend the conference. You just need to let us know early enough for us to schedule it. jeanne

    Records of Learning: Comments

    References:
    Writing in the Real World, With a Concern for Grades
    Index on Pedagogy

    Theoretical Musings for Us by Us

    Please link to Volume 15, Number 4 until I have time to build this section. jeanne.

    The Imaginary

    Art Shenanigans

      Betye Saar's art work. Evening Sun and Morning Sun

    • February 4, 2003: Betye Saar's Web Site

      The Liberation of Aunt Jemima, 1972.

    • What do you suppose Betye Saar means by the title, the Liberation of Aunt Jemima? Could you fit her meaning into essentialism or standpoint theory? Is it part of identity theory?

    • Betye Saar [African-American Assemblage Artist, Born 1926].
    • Betye Saar At ArtsNet Minnesota Site:
      "Saar's assemblages are frequently based on objects brought together to make a statement about spirituality. Her ethnic heritage is African-American, Irish, Native American, Creole, German and Scottish. She attempts to show the similarities across cultures and refuses to participate in shows that are described as "black" or "women's" art. She creates a puzzle with her work and invites the viewer to decode the puzzle. Saar uses bits and pieces from Mexican Christianity, Far Eastern religion and African spirituality to make her art. She invents her creative vocabulary from cultural artifacts."

  • February 4, 2003: Cheech Marin on Chicano Painting "While other "schools" of painting have been defined overwhelmingly by stylistic concerns, the CHICANO School combines stylistic innovation with elements of tradition."

    • What do you suppose the meaning of Cesar Martinez' title, Bato con Sunglasses, is? What about this painting speaks of Chicano culture? Do you think it relates to an identity issue? Essentialism?

    • Febraury 4, 2003: Chicano Visions Cheech Marin Site. Thumbnail images available from: "Opening on Saturday, February 1, 2003 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge is a traditional art exhibit presenting the works of a wide range of the country’s Chicano and Chicana artists."

  • February 1, 2003: Lecture at the Norton Simon. Friday, February 21, 2003, 7:00 p.m. Free to members. Price of museum admission to non-members. Lecture will be on a beautiful painting:How Could Joseph Become More Holy? A New Interpretation of Jacopo Basssano's Flight Into Egypt c. 1544-45.

    • Jacopo Bassano - Bassano, Jacopo (Jacopo da Ponte) (b. c.1510-18, Bassano del Grappa; d. 1592, Bassano). Italian painter, the most celebrated member of a family of artists who took their name from the small town of Bassano, about 65 km. from Venice.
    • Resources:Bassano (family da Ponte) WebMuseum, Paris.
    • I am particularly struck by the brilliance of the colors on the painting as reproduced on our postcard invitation. Arnold and jeanne are planning to go.
    • I'd like you to look at some of his paintings and consider what the town centers were like, and how religion seems to have been practiced according to these paintings.

  • January 30, 2003: late capitalism running after commodificatiion

  • January 30, 2003: Capitalism, Commodification, and Surplus Value Cartoons on Theory. It is good that we should be able to laugh at ourselves. Laughter is healing.