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Previous Issue: Volume 18, No. 3, Week of September 8, 2003
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Latest Update: September 12, 2003
What if you started with stickmen?
Topic of the Week:
Friday, September 12, 2003: Now I'm back to the hypotheticals, "What if . . . " The Site Map has moved to its own page, and it's changing as I add new pieces we need.
Katie Williams wrote on Thursdaay and said that all she could do was stickmen. Now, come on. After three weeks of my classes, you didn't know that I would say, "So what if you started with stickmen?" Art is a tool to be loved and explored and shared. No, not Picasso's art. We're not Picasso. But we're not Shakespeare either, and that didn't make us give up poetry.
I started with Katie's brother, because she had written about him. That's him up in the left-hand corner. Quite colorful, I think. He started out as a stickman, but I jsut couldn't leave him alone. He kept changing colors and forms. Actually, Katie, he turned out rather nice. He must be a nice brother.
"What if. . . " is the best approach I know to theory, but I'm learning from my stickmen that it's not such a bad approach to life either.
love and peace, jeanne
Labeling by Numbers and the Trouble with Tests Kati'es commentary that led to thid week's painting.
Saturday, September 13, 2003: Notice the little boxes all around three edges of the painting. That's our circle of aesthetic production in Sociology 328, Agencies. We're going to need to work on circles, folks.
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Monday, September 15, 2003. Cold Got Worse. I won't be in on Tuesday. Sorry. But it's probably safer to get over it so I don't miss the rest of the week. Pat will be in for discussions and help. See 'ya on Wednesdy, I hope. jeanne
Friday, September 12, 2003. I promise I will not stay up writing lectures and recognition and recall till 2:30 in the morning. I'm not sure I know what "getting old" means, but in my case, it certainly means I can't pull all nighters anymore. I've already pulled up dozens of your commentaries to add to the site, and an chafing at the bit to get to statistics. But I promise to be reasonable and stop to eat and sleep, and check out an occasional museum. jeanne
Saturday, September 13, 2003: I am very sorry to announce that I have a sore throat. Very minimal signs of infection. But I'm going to have to cut back a little on this week end's work, so it doesn't interfere with next week. I switched from Coke to herb tea, and aspirin when I can remember it. I spent most of yesterday working on commentaries that you had sent in. Please read them as samples of how I'm determining grades for submissions and discussions. jeanne
Some of you have asked to start up our review workshop for comps. Please sign up in my office so we can fix a time and a room. jeanne
A Range of Sources on Global Events
Left/Right Perspectives - Cursor - New York Times
Arts and Letters Daily - The Economist - The Guardian
Wall Street Journal -The Weekly Standard - The Nation
Los Angeles Times - Chicago Tribune - The Washington Post
Cursor's Al Jazeera Archive - Ha'aretz - Palestine Monitor
Indymedia - Mother Jones - BBC News - New Profile
Progressive Sociologists Network
Mother Jones, left perspective, added this week by request from one of our students. jeanne
Using Academic Language Effectively:
Merriam-Webster Dictionary Search:
Dictionary of Critical Sociology
Maintained by Robert E. Mazur, Associate Professor, Iowa State University, Sociology.
Words of Art: Front Page
Wonderful Fine Arts dictionary at Okanagan University College in Canada.
Will cover many of the terms social theory shares with literary theory.
Today's Word: From the Word.A.Day Site
Social Theory across Disciplines:
Peace and Social Justice
- Saturday, September 13, 2003: Durkheim and Weber:Durkheim and Weber's Contrasting Imaginations. Who is the Sociologist?, A UK Site maintained by Andrew Roberts. I like Andrew Roberts' explanations. He situates the comparison of Durkheim and Weber in the philosophers on whom our state was founded. I'll put up some discussion questions soon for a review class for those of you who are studying for the comps, if you sign up for one. jeanne
- Saturday, September 13, 2003: Difficulties Reading Theory:I read it, but I don't understand it. Where do I go from here? Commentary by Antoinette Easley, CSUDH.
- Sunday, September 14, 2003. Gender and Social Issues:NCFM-LA's Lawsuit Against Shelters is Valid Response to County's Refusal to Help Abused Men By Marc Angelucci and Glenn Sacks. Backup
- Sunday, September 14, 2003. Baudrillard:
- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Cyberspace: Ups and Downs of the Dead Sociologists' Society By Larry Ridener, who conceived amd still maintains the Dead Sociologists Society.
- Sunday, September 14, 2003. Baudrillard:domabuse01.htm
Backup of NCFM-LA's Lawsuit Against Shelters is Valid Response to County's Refusal to Help Abused Men
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- Thursday, September 19, 2003: Offering Our Kids Sugar Water, for a Price: The Snapple Deal: How Sweet It Is By Marian Burros. Backup."If anything, we should have cold water in our schools," Dr. Liquori said. "Water is a right; New York City is supposed to have the best water and we're asking them to pay $1 for it?"
- Friday, September 13, 2003: :Lectures and Commentaries on what to do when you don't understand.
Kids, Etc.: Stuff to Share with Others
- Update for Young People I'll catch up with these when our Fall class stuff is done. jeanne
- Update on Health
- Update for Seniors
Friday, September 19, 2003. The Biggest Guinea Pig:
Distinctly Big, if Extinct: The 1,500-Pound Rodent By James Gorman, New York Times, Friday, September 19, 2003. Backup.
- Wednesday, September 17, 2003. Hands:Mano Lapiz.
MANO. Dibujo a Lápiz. AUTOR: Ricardo Moreno Reyes.
I was startled to find this drawing on La Loca Aventura de Escribir just after I received Tania Barriga's e-mail about Esperanza and yesterday's announcement from the International Visual Sociology Association about their competition for a photograph on hands. Yes, hands do tell us a lot, don't they?
Clara Gutsche, Convent Series, at Mount Saint Vincent's University of Fine Arts in Canada, has done a beautiful photograph of cloistered nuns that recalls classical paintings. To see the image scroll to the bottom of the file and link on the thumbnail of the cloistered nuns. Perhaps because I lived in such a convent as a very young child, the photograph draws me to a kind of peace that permeates such holy places. And now Clara Gutsche photographs this convent as a way of life that is disappearing. There is some good in that. There was much wrong in such sequestered holy places. But there is much wrong elsewhere, also. I regret that we are losing the strong sense of the spiritual as we erase the misery of the past, and I hope that we will find new ways to bring the spiritual in some form back into our lives. This photograph touched me very deeply. jeanne Backup
- Friday, September 12, 2003. Monsters of the Deep:Deep Under the Sea, Boiling Founts of Life Itself By William J. Broad. New York Times Science Section. Science Times. Tuesday, September 9, 2003. Wonderful pictures and fascinating story of life deep under the ocean.
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Óleo Sobre Tela.
AUTORA: Betsabé Basáñez. 1999. MÉXICO."It is absolutely beautiful; it is titled "ESPERANZA", Spanish for HOPE. She used colors that represent life. Take a look at it, Tania Barriga." I agree, Tania. It's beautiful. I had just come donwstairs to put up some Indonesian art, when I got your e-mail. We really are becoming global, aren't we? love and peace, jeanne.
This Is Not A Pipe Wrench
48 " x 96 " acrylic on canvas by Robert Peluce. Backup
The allusion is to Magritte's Ceci N'est Pas Une Pipe.
Mask By Robert Peulce at Glass Gallery Fine Art. One of my favorites. Fine classical art work with an incredible sense of humor. I would have called this one Dick Tracy. Backup jeanne
The original photo is at Shirin Neshat. I altered the two above to make you more aware of the two faces I saw when I came upon the photo on this site about an Iranian artist, Shirin Neshat. I first saw the face of a hag peering out, and knew that could not be the image as meant. So I stared and stared and finally saw the profile. The profile fits much more reasonably into the scene shot. I found nothing on the exhibitiion site to explain the pouring of the water. But it seems ritualistic. Once having seen the hag, I had trouble to focus on the profile. A typical reaction to multiple perspectives in vision. So I added a third version in which I thickened the profile line. I don't know about you, but I can still see the hag.
We encounter this situation when videos are played in court as evidence, with each of us so sure we can't be deceived by what we see. Knowledge accrues only when we leave ourselves open to other perspectives.
- Shirin Neshat
- Shirin Neshat Includes photos. Good article.
Visit Shirin Neshat's sites, and read what she is trying to convey about freedom for women in the Arab world she once knew.
- While playing in my search for more of Shirin Neshat's work, I found two Basquiat's at the Hotel de Caumont in Avignon: Basquiat in the Collection Lambert Link on the fourth image of museum spaces for the Basquiats.
Monday, September 8, 2003: Consistency:Sample Checkin for Consistency By Tanya Newton, CSUDH.
Class Archives and Syllabi for UWP
- Syllabus for Corrections, UWP, Fall 2003
- Syllabus for Criminology, UWP, Fall 2003
- Syllabus for Media, Crime and Criminal Justice, UWP, Fall 2003
Class Archives and Syllabi for CSUDH
- Agencies Readings and Issues, Soc 328-01, CSUDH, Fall 2003
- Knowingness Readings and Issues, Sociology of "Knowingness," CSUDH, Fall 2003
- Statistics Readings and Issues, Statistics 220-01, CSUDH, Fall 2003
- Theory Readings and Issues, Theory 595-01, CSUDH, Fall 2003
- Syllabus for Agencies, Soc 328-01, CSUDH, Fall 2003
- Sylabus for Sociology of "Knowingness," CSUDH, Fall 2003
- Syllabus for Statistics 220-01, CSUDH, Fall 2003
- Syllabus for Theory 595-01, CSUDH, Fall 2003