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Fall 2003 Gala Exibition: Naked Space
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Topic of the Week:

Growing Up and Letting Go

This week's topic came from an e-mail dialog with Susan. We were busy, distraught, trying to make deadlines we hadn't counted on, and ran into all the same problems of answerability our students do. The school bus didn't arrrive. Susan had to drive her daughter to school. An extra e-mail request arrived, I mistook the time, not used to daylight saving yet, and was an hour late in getting to school. Just a typical day in the crammed and conflicting schedules we keep. or sometimes don't keep.

My gloating quip to Susan, as a parent who had already lived well into her child's adulthood, was "Pray for 16. Her answer reminded me of how painful and complex each of those decisions is that we make to let the child to grow up and accept adult responsibility, and for the parent to let her/him grow, let her/him fly on he/his own.

It made me think how important is to establish a naked space somewhere in the family where the child can answer, can practice taking the role of a grown up and serious other, and where the parent can practice hurling down his/her fear of what's out there, so that together we can come up with a naked space that encourages a healthy interrelationship.

Susan's right, of course. The car at 16, the right to drive, is both a dream come true and every parent's worst nightmare. Cars kill, kids. Cars maim. Cars hurt people even when the driver doesn't mean to. But cars also take us places. And at 16 many kids can taste the freedom of gettting themselves there, and their parents the freedom of sleeping a little later. But Susan's right. Cars and 16 are a mixed blessing.

What do we do about that? Talk about it. Talk about the good stuff. And talk about the bad stuff. When Jackson Pollock died he was driving his car while drunk. A girlfriend was with him. But so also was her girlfriend who didn't want to get in the car. She was afraid. But she didn't want to cause a scene and hurt her friend's feelings, so she got in with them, and died in the crash with them.

Every morning we have to hop out of bed when we are exhausted we look forward to the day you'll drive. And every time we see or hear of a major accident, we don't ever want you to drive. Never mind drive and drink. I don't want to even let you out there on the road. But it's not about drinking and driving; it's not about the dangers of the road; it's about our hopes for you. We want you safe and happy.

What on earth does that have to do with answerability and naked space? It means that as you reach 16 the legal right to drive makes us face the reality that you can and will in some way answer us. And we are scared you may not take care enough. That means that we will answer you in terms of our fears for you, and that we will both need to listen in good faith to each others' valid concerns. I don't want you to stay at my side and never venture out. But I don't want you to be hurt either. Make some time and save some shared naked space to share those fears and let each other know that it is because we love one another that the fears exist, and because we love another, that we are each able to live more comfortably with our fears.

Kids, Because We Love Themthe file for transferring this topic has already been started. Lecture and discussion questions included. Might provide a project topic for some of you.

And I've already put up a coloring sheet on it. Growing Up and Letting Go

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And, then, a happier message of Halloween and children: Katie sent me a copy over her Web Page of the kids in her family:

Happy Halloween

And where does this all fit into answerability, transparency, responsibility? Consider the time you spend with children in the rituals we create for them to look forward to, to enjoy, to be someone imaginary they can identify with in some way. This is play, an important part of learning the skills of answerability. Visit Concept Review for Fall 2003 to refresh your memory on concepts.

Fall 2003: Naked Space

A Multimedia Exhibition of the
Sociology of Answerability

Wednesday, December 3 and Thursday, December 4, 2003
Loker Student Union, CSUDH
10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Both Days

sponsored by Dear Habermas Website as evolved from Moot Court

Explanation of Aesthetic Process and Definition of Naked Space First draft by jeanne. You're all welcome to join in. Will try to finish it on Monday, but have to take time out to go for flu shot. jeanne

  • Michael Griffin's poem on Naked Space
  • Exhibition Schedule - In Progress - Please Check
  • Rough draft of Invitation. Katie Williams in charge. Limited time to get this out.
  • Added Thursday, November 7, 2003. More on the invitation and the flyer: New Ideas, shared by Professor Dorsey Be sure to get your ideas in soon. jeanne
  • Response from invitees - just starting. Be sure to let jeanne know of anyone you invite so she can include them on the invitee list.
      First Draft of Catalog for Naked Space Fall 2003:

    • Sunday, Nov. 2 added Belly Wisdom.
      Coloring Book on Answerability and the Statue of Liberty For the Fall 2003 Exhibition.

      We welcome you to consider other coloring sheets that might bring our visitors to awareness of the crucial issues today in our lived experience. We don't yet have any sheets on the labor issue. I think that's important. And I'd like to hear your other ideas. I'll help with creating the coloring sheet if you need that. jeanne

    • Establishing an Awareness of an Empty Memory Space to Reconfigure the Fractal Patterns That Yield Answerability A Visual and Aural Research Experience About Giving Students Voice.

      We welcome you to submit questions for interview schedules, to help with the survey and analysis, and to share with us the interpretation of our students' need for answerability, both now and as alumni. We will address the importance of student voice in the future of the university. This experience will encompass a substantial portion of the work in Statistics 220 in the Fall of 2003. And it will combine some of the theoretical foundations of Bakhtin (as interpreted through Greg Nielsen) and Steve Riskin.

    • A Book on the Practice of Answerability First draft of a report of this teaching process.

      We welcome you to help us find the fractal bits and the vacant memory space that may render the model useable for many others of all ages and educational levels.

    • Revising our College History to Introduce Answerability. A proposal by Francisco Reyes, with jeanne's response. Maybe you could share a few excerpts, so we could sample what such a history might be like. jeanne

    • Planning, Sharing and Curating the Fall 2003 Exhibition

      We invite you to help with the art, the dance, the music, the text, the theory, and the curating of this Fall's exhibit. Each of the proposed projects will go up here as fast as my little fingers can type them up. jeanne

      • Answerability and the School System Author and Director: Guadalupe Saldana, CSUDH. Lupe would like someone to help with the visual components of this project. She does have photos.

      • Community Short Story of Fall 2003. Welcome to join in. I'll join in later. Ran out of time. Change names, characters, plot, whatever you wish. I just put this up to give you an idea about how some of you might like to tell the tale of some of your lived experiences. jeanne

      • Naked Space, A Poem Author, Michael Griffin, CSUDH. Michael broaches our theoretical position on naked space and fractal lived experiences through poetry.

      • Paintings in Memoriam of Sept. 11 Can be sent as e-mail. Donna Hill forwarded the site and one of the paintings to be attached with her article on "America was attacked because it was good" for the Illocutionary Discourse or War and Revenge?. The picture she chose was:

        and Donna will discuss the theory, with full permission for sanctioned plagiarism, as I discuss elsewhere in this issue. jeanne

        We'll want to discuss how such paintings, e-mail available, fit into answerability. Some of you are still misreading answerability. Answerability is NOT accountability. Answerability means that we each of the gift of ability to speak out and make our voices and/or our feelings known. Doing that answering is a learned skill using the gift of the ability. So I'd like eacho of your projects to clarify the role of answerability. How is the Other heard, not heard, ignored, assuaged, what notice is taken of the Other, and how is that notice given a focal point in the majority agenda?

        For example, if I am offended by your statement that Jews control the financial world. Answerability is the gift of having a fractal pattern of lived experience that lets me understand deeply why and how I am offended, and together with a naked space for creating new language and understanding, then you and I can interrelate. That doesn't mean that I will change your mind. It doesn't mean that you will change my mind. We're still going to disagree over Jews controlling the financial world. But the creative and active willingness to engage in the aesthetic process of listening to one another in good faith is a way for us to begin to engage each others as humans and to resolve some of the pain and tension between us. Maria Pia Lara calls that illocutionary discourse. Bakhtin calls it answerability. Steve Riskin gave me the idea of naked space.

      • Religion and Understanding
  • Patricia Morris: What Is God Like?

    What God Is Like

    Patricia Morris and Nita McKinley will describe their project from which the children's view of God emerged in this painting done by Patricia Morris. See for conceptual review on how to do this.

  • Race and Answerability

  • Visual Understanding

    Formal Announcements:

    On Tuesday, October 28, 2003, Brent Taylor Stenhouse of the APSS (Political Science) Club wrote to invite us:

    Abortion Debate sponsored by the Political Science Club
    on Monday, Nov. 24th from 11:30am-1:00pm.

    "Dr. Waller (Philosophy Dept., CSUDH) will be going head-to-head with Mr. Steve Wagner ( It should be as informative as it is entertaining!"

    The abortion issue brings us into both the ethical and moral sphere as well as that of answerability. As the event comes a little closer, I'll try to post some reading material. 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

    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

    • Monday, November 3, 2003. Understanding Otherness: Alterity In the theoretical framework we are using, it's important to have a sense of how alterity fits into cultural studies, postcolonial studies, asian studies, middle eastern studies, etc. This file links you to a website that started out with Landow at Brown University and is now sponsored by the National University of Singapore. Good resource you should know. jeanne

    Advanced Theory:

  • Tuesday, November 4, 2003. Jefferson and Slavery: Scan of LA Times photo Jefferson and Slavery The LA Times did a commentary this weekend on the same material that led to the New York Review of Books article on the Negro President. I'll try to get this material up soon. jeanne

  • Monday, November 3, 2003. The study of theory: Sociology 782: Classical Sociological Theory Professor James Moody. Ohio State University. Backup
    Professor Moody's Survey of Social Theory Knowledge This is for his doctoral students. Could we develop such a survey that would reflect what we think our B.A. and M.A. students should know? Would our alumni like to help with that by telling us things they wished later they had spent more time on? Backup

    The Philosophy of Social Science One of the texts Professor Moody provides online for his students.

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    Commentaries on Issues

    Index of Commentaries
    No updating until we have the Fall 2003 Exhibition set up. Sorry, jeanne

    UWP Commentaries in Chronological Sequence:

    CSUDH Commentaries by Topic

    • The Statue of Liberty

      • Monday, November 3, 2003. The Statue of Liberty: Color Doesn't Matter Commentary by Sheila Velasquez, CSUDH. Sheila stopped short with her feelings. That's an important beginning, but now you need to go on with conceptual linking to our substantive issues. Examples are given. Use this as a guide. jeanne

    Lived Experience:

    Emancipatory Narratives

    Kids, Etc.: Stuff to Share with Others

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    Art Shenanigans

    • Monday, November 3, 2003. Reclaiming Memories from Old Photos:

      From photo by Katie's Mom.

      I took this image of Katie from the Halloween photograph to remind her of how her mom loved that tapdance costume. I used Katie's photo from her website and Paint, the freebie program that comes with WINDOWS. I did the writing in Katie's place, but the photo without the writing is at Katie.

    Academic Discourse