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Volume 19, No. 16, Week of May 10, 2004

Site Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata and Individual Authors,
May 2004.
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Digital painting for new hypertext poem on complicity.

Shocked Out of Complicity
See Exporting America's Shame by By Robert L. Bastian Jr., a Los Angeles lawyer. Backup
jeanne's sermon on complicity

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California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Created: May 7, 2004
Latest Update: May 9, 2004

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Invitation to Naked Space Exhibit

jeanne's Conflicting images of woman

Naked Space Exhibit Time and Space
May 12 (Wednesday) and 13 (Thursday)

You may leave materials with Betty Melton, Department of Sociology Office. Pat and Jeanne and Michael will be in for setup around 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, May 12. jeanne

Planned Layout for Grand Hall 1(section nearest the west side),
Loker Center for the Exhibit:

Layout for Naked Space Exhibit in Spring 2004

The Naked Space Exhibit will take place on Wednesday, May 12, and Thursday May 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the western-most sector of the Grand Hall. You are welcome to come and go as fits your schedule. Please invite your family, children, friends, neighbors, etc. to share in our gallery display and discussions. We'll need help setting our displays up in the morning and taking them down in the evening. And we'll definitely needs some supervisory help for goblet decorating at Table 13. Thank you for volunteering. jeanne

NEWS and Announcements:

The tragedy of torture and humiliation in Iraq can be ignored only if we are willing to be complicit. I do not yet know in what ways our rejection and shame can be most effectively translated into social change, but I do know that answerability suggests that complicity can be assuaged by awareness and discussion. To that end I have begun this morning a new hypertext poem for our collaborative exchange on how theorists such as Habermas, Pia Lara, Bakhtin can help quide us through times such as these, when we threaten along with the rights of the Other, the very rights on which our nation is founded.

The impetus for this new poem came on the front page of the New York Times this morning. From a Picture of Pride to a Symbol of Abuse in Iraq By James Dao. Published: May 7, 2004. Backup.

Notes for Fall 2004 Classes

  • Sociology of Agencies: Soc. 328
    • A changing view of agencies and their role in the framing of local and national political and social issues.
  • Sociology of Law: Soc. 367
    • A changing view of the role of law and social policy.
    • Making Votes Count In this presidential election year, the Times's editorial page is examining the flaws in the mechanics of our democracy, including the reliability of electronic voting machines, obstacles to voter registration and turnout, and the lack of competitive congressional elections due to partisan drawing of district lines. The project is being led by editorial writer Adam Cohen, who will be traveling throughout the country to research these issues." This will be part of our approach to law as the foundation of democracy world-wide. You might consider reading and following this series over the summer.
  • Moot Court: The Skills of Governance Discourse: Soc. 370
    • The aural and visual presentation of substantive political and social issues. Will culminate in Fall 2004 Naked Space Exhibit.
    • In keeping with the tragedy of abuse/torture in Iraq in 2004, we will take as one of our focal issues a governance discourse on the role of the individual and the community in abuse/torture and the legal and social approaches to basic human rights.
  • Women and Poverty: Feminist Theoretical Contributions: Soc.395
    • Understanding the interdependence of feminist thought with general social theory in understanding women and poverty.

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

Evaluating Internet Resources

Evaluating Hoax Email with samples, including an old one about charging for email that's going around again. Link updated March 29, 2004.

Evaluating Internet Resources Library Site at University of North Carolina. Don't forget to question. This is a good detailed source. Link checked March 29, 2004.

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.

APA Style Style sheet for Psychology. Good reference for proper rules of citation. Twenty-five Easy Steps Toward a Correctly-Formatted Paper or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love MLA by Keith O'Neill. Style sheet for humanities.

Today's Word: From the Word.A.Day Site

and Careers

  • Letters of Recommendation How to get me to respond to your request. Many of you need letters. If you will follow this format, I can do them quickly and make them good.

  • Added April 24, 2004: Zerrona Fitts was gracious enough to request her letter as I asked. I'll get it out today. Most of you are not responding to my request to do your part in using your own voice to prompt mine. Please remember that you're also asking for these smack in the middle of intense preparations for the Spring Naked Space Exhibit. Oh, and yes, by the way, I've retired, and I''m not technically on campus this spring. So be nice and do your part. jeanne

  • Dog Letters If you do not give me adequate information, but do manage to get my attention, you may end up with a dog letter. That is a letter that says that you work well with people, that you are enthusiastic, that you persist at getting things done, and that everyone likes you. Of course, my dog gets along well with people, brings his ball to them, is enthusiastic, and persists at getting them to take his ball. Everyone likes my dog. That's a dog letter. It's so general it could be about my dog. jeanne

  • College Journal Resume Suggestions . . . Backup


    The National Gallery Exhibit is left up this week to correct an error. For some odd reason, I called the rhinoceros a hippo. And, you know, no one pointed it out to me all week. I just saw it yesterday. I decided it was best to correct it, rather than to just pretend that it really was a hippo, though it might of been, in a crazy world where young American women torture and humiliate Iraqi prisoners. jeanne

  • Icon from Mayan Show at national Gallery of ArtCourtly Art of the Ancient Maya At the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., "the first exhibition ever devoted to this subject in the United States, . . . with . . . masterworks drawn from . . . Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Chile, the United States, Switzerland, England, and Australia. The exhibition will present stone sculptures, ceramics, masks, and other precious works commissioned by ancient Maya kings and queens. In a period of just 200 years from AD 600-800, Maya kings and nobles, while living in the tropical rain forests of southern Mexico and adjacent Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize, transformed Maya art, achieving a peak of dramatic expression and naturalism unmatched in the ancient New World."

    AND . . . For our kids: Great PDF file with explanations and activities.

    You might ALSO try the Collage Machine at the National Gallery of Art. Great for calming exam nerves.

jeanne's collage from the Collage Machine at the National Gallery of Art.
Can you find the rhino, the camel, the palm tree???
You'll need to save it with the Print Screen button (screen capture)
and then paste it into a program like Paint.

Who to TakeWho To Take:

Don't forget to add your comments for next year's students. jeanne

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