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Volume 18, No. 9, Week of October 20, 2003
Important Mid-Term Announcement

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Dwayne trying to fit into one of our classroom chairs.

Monologic Nonanswerability and the Body
What's Wrong with This Picture?

Topic of the Week:
Hypotheticals? What if . . . we sought ways to deal with the harm of offensiveness other than censorship?

Saturday, October 18, 2003: Well, here's one thing that's wrong with the picture: it draws attention to the Barbie doll instead of the real woman. I helped dispel the harm I felt, that I called offensiveness, by making the "ideal icon" look more like me:

I considered changing the slogan to: It's not what you know, but what you sow.

And finally, after lots of considering and raising my voice in an unseemly manner (for "ladies of the ideal variety") at the club's advisor when he refused to acknowledge or deal with the pain the installation of their newsletter had caused me and others less willing to demand answerability in a monologic hierarchy, I turned to quiet contemplation and answerability. And then I recalled a major art exhibit of several years back in Amsterdam and Israel on the Holocaust. The artist took pictures from the Second World War, pictures of Germans marching, of youth groups in activities, of seats in parks that said no Juden could sit there, of a German officer gathered happily with his young family, all sorts of pictures of lived experiences of Germans and Jews in that period of time.

He turned the photos into coloring book images, printed coloring books, and offered them, with crayons, to every person who came to the exhibit, asking them to color the images. The results were extraordinary. I regretted terribly that I could not get to the exhibit, but I cherish the catalog. And so in a state of aroused anger and misery and frustration at the system (more accurately the system's advisor representative)'s insensitivity to something that hurt a great deal, I decided that one way to use my gift of answerability in a healing and sharing way would be to recreate that kind of exhibit for us, here at CSUDH, with UWP welcome to join in.

We had already planned an exhibit for December in any case. And as I thought of the ways in which any pain expressed over another's choice of words and images leads immediately to the pseudodefense of a legalistic "censorship" argument, I longed to leave all those newsletters there, just as they were, but with a giant red stamp of censored across the front to let others know that someone, somewhere was hurt by it. Only later, as i simmered down, did it occur to me to call the catalog for our December exhibition, CENSORED. What is censored? Insensitivity and specific words or images? That has never really worked very well. Or absolute monologic nonanswerability to the pain caused by the use of those insensitive words and images when the Other dares to speak out?

We decided on Thursday that we could combine our gallery exhibition with our moot court discussion of all these justice issues with community professionals. So this week end I'll try to work out a plan that all of us can follow and take part in and get it up for your perusal and participatory planning. The plan, the images, the catalog title all remain open to the aesthetic process of answerability.

More soon . . . jeanne

Saturday, October 18, 2003. The answerability of mud flaps: Mud Flaps and Icons: How the Mud Flaps Came into the Issue Lecture and discussion questions on answerability in the context of sensitive speech and imagery. Michael, the discussion questions disappeared to here. Thanks for reminding me. jeanne

Saturday, October 18, 2003. Censorship and Answerability. Censorship and Answerabilty as they pertain to the naked lady and the mud flaps.

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Research Projects in Progress:

Sunday, September 21, 2003. Research and Conferences: Visual Essay Project Proposal: Fall 2003 This project is open to both UWP and CSUDH students. If you're interested, please let jeanne or Susan know as soon as possible. E-mail will do. This is the initial proposal, and I want all of you to be able to share in the planning. No particular visual skill is required. We will use photos, video, collage, drawings, paintings, sculptures of whatever is at hand. And we will work in groups so that no one has to do it all. But the groups will be amorphous; you may come and go as life happens; and you may turn in your own work separately if that proves best. Join the fun!

These are the names I've already sent to Susan for the panels for the Academy of Criminl Justice Studies meetings in Las Vegas,

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

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

Advanced Theory:

Announcing Mid Terms
Wednesday, October 22, 2003:

Dear Friends and Students (including unintended filed mice):

The mid-term is not designed to cut your tails off with a carving knife. Honest. I've been getting messages like Henry's: "Have you decided what day the mid term assignment will be due? I'm still having transportation problems and can't attend class this week.Henry." Some of you are trying to decide on a topic, and worrying about starting. No, no, no.

Share your choice of topics with us, either in class or by e-mail. Then share your ideas with the class. These mid-terms are meant to be community projects that turn into your mid-term only after we have all shared them. That's called the aesthetic process of answerability. As soon as you have an idea, bring it to share or e-mail me. Or share it with your friends. I'll try to keep up, and I'll help you with conceptual linking.

Especially if you're an undergraduate in the graduate seminar, be sure to seek this extra help. jeanne

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Mid Terms are jeanne's way of consolidating each class and of locating the 50 or so field mice I now have running around not attending class and not in touch with me. If you are a field mouse, you might need the grade the mid term can generate. If you are not a field mouse, you may choose whether to accept a grade for the mid term. But these are class projects necessitated by the fact that so few of you do have books. I had to find a different process that would guarantee some substantive learning. So, yes, you have to do the mid term. No, you don't have to have a grade on it, unless you have no other grades. jeanne

  • Saturday, October 11, 2003. MidTerm Alternative Issues: Changing Cultures, Changing Lives Based on a commentary by Hao Tran from the Graduate Theory class. Dea;s with issues of diversity. Lecture and some discussion questions already up. If you want to choose this topic for Statistics, you'll need to talk to me and Hao Tran about how to get data. jeanne

  • Saturday, October 11, 2003. MidTerm Alternative Issues: Breaking Normative Expectations Feels Uncomfortable Based on student drawing. This topic also might serve well for a midterm topic, but I will have to get up essay questions later. jeanne

  • Saturday, October 11, 2003. MidTerm Alternative Issues: Answerability and the Nobel Prize Based onthe October 8, 2003, announcement of the Nobel prize for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Especially for the class on sociology of knowingness this is an excellent example of the extent to which we cannot "know," and the harm we do in the arrogance of believing that we do know. There is considerable and extensive information up here, and you may wish to use this as an alternative midterm topic. jeanne
  • An additional note to the MRI issue: Measuring Social Pain with MRI What we think is not related to sociology today is related to sociology tomorrow. Let us be cautious about "what we know." Discussion questions included.
  • Monday, October 6, 2003. Mid Term Material: Race and Answerability Based on Dwayne Sanders' commentary on the Rush Limbaugh affair on ESPN, this piece is detailed and covers quite a bit of our theory discussions. It will serve as a basis for a mid-term in a few weeks for the graduate theory class. jeanne

  • Tuesday, October 7, 2003. Mid Term Material: Answerability and Differences Based on Dwayne Sanders commentary on prison term length and rehabilitation. This piece will serve as a basis for a mid-term in a few weeks for the Sociology of Knowingness class. jeanne

  • Tuesday, October 7, 2003. Mid Term Material: Mid Term for Statistics Class will be a Report of the Survey on the California Recall, complete with an oral defense of that report before a community professional.

  • Tuesday, October 7, 2003. Mid Term Material: Mid Term for Agencies class will be a class project demonstrating the class' collective ability to display leadership in helping ordinary folks find the help they need. The class will determine over the next week what form the aesthetic product will take. The product must take into account administrative law and leadership in a traditional environment.

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Commentaries on Issues

Index of Commentaries I'll transfer older commentaries to this index next week. jeanne

Lived Experience:

Emancipatory Narratives

  • Thursday, October 16, 2003. I Can Do This: Fixed link. jeanne
    I CAN Do This! Nancy Lopez tells of living through this experience of grades without tests. So putting this up this morning is my birthday present to all of you, especially field mice who need guidance so I won't cut off their tales with a carving knife. Maybe it will inspire you. And maybe it will inspire the student to send me her/his name. jeanne

  • Saturday, October 11, 2003. MidTerm Alternative Issues: Changing Cultures, Changing Lives An amazingly inspiring commentary by Hao Tran, CSUDH, on answerability across cultural change. This issue seems to provide enough opportunity for discussion that I have included it as a midterm alternative. jeanne

Kids, Etc.: Stuff to Share with Others

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Art Shenanigans

  • Thursday, October 24, 2003: I can Do This: AnswerabilityU

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2003. Monique envisioning statistics. Now, Monique, could you give us an interpretation to go with your graphic. I could think of some, but it's 10:45 p.m. jeanne

Academic Discourse

  • Monday, September 8, 2003: Consistency:Sample Checkin for Consistency By Tanya Newton, CSUDH.

    Wednesday, October 1, 2003. NEED HELP? jeanne set up a set of instructions for a first submission. We will give these instructions to the CLASS tutoring group in the small college, and you may also share them with each other. Ask Malinda; she tried it and it worked. Time to get started on sumbissions, kids.