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E-mail fixed again and found the grade sheets! Art for invitations Wednesday. jeanne

Art and Answerability: Matisse
Preview of Project and Next Week's Issue and an answer to students requesting information on Matisse.

Fall 2003 Gala Exibition: Naked Space
Invitations, Flyers, Coloring Book, Catalog, Exhibit Plans, Scheduling, Invitation Lists

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Gee, I thought they taught them to walk when they were young!

"Gee, I thought they taught them to walk when they were young!"
jeanne's version of a walk with Pat through Beverly Hills on Brighton Way

The little guy in the left hand corner is a Martian brought in by Earthlink to find the e-mail they've been swallowing up, and the slightly larger one in the right hand corner is one of us ladies offended by the Naked Lady mudflaps.

LA Times photo by Wally Scalij, © of young skier about to do a face plant.
Photo in the LA Times on Saturday, November 8, 2003 by Wally Scalij, ©

"Hmm, maybe you should worry about staying upright at any age in the L.A. area."

Site Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata and Individual Authors,
November 2003. "Fair use" encouraged.

Topic of the Week:

Aging and Discovering the World All Over Again

First of all, as you approach 60, be very careful about walking. It can grow treacherous. Our parents never told us that. But consider this a lesson to all of you. And Pat and I are working hard at staying off the ground, especially right smack in the middle of all those cars in Beverly Hills. Besides that, it hurts, and hurts, and hurts. I never knew I had so many pieces to hurt.

Aging is a little different today. They give us flu shots so we won't die of pneumonia and can peacefully fall to death. Dear me, aren't there ever any perfect worlds? Guess not. But I feel much more human today, and Arnold has already grounded Pat from any more falls before Cuba.

Considering the importance I've discovered with all this terminal falling, maybe you should talk with your parents and we should all get better rules for staying alive in the hazards of the 21st century. Besides, it might be a good way to share, and, trust me, some day you'll need that advice.

love in an upright world, we hope
jeanne and Pat

I'll make changes slowly this week, as I recover. jeanne

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:

    • Friday, November 7, 2003. St. Augustine and Islam: Augustine in Algeria: 2001 Report by James O'Donnell, now Provost of Georgetown University, of an academic conference in Algeria in 2001. Lecture and discussion questions up after Cuba. jeanne

    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