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Updating Indices, including Topic Index and Site Index
Organizing new material to fit into visual sociology and visual criminology context.
jeanne, Web Technicienne, June 11, 2004; still reorganizing. June 25, 2004

Actors, Spectators, Town, Gown

Actors, Spectators, Town, Gown
Cultural Analysis Summer Academy in Amsterdam in July
They were nice enough to include us in the program
even though we couldn't go to Amsterdam. We're on the Internet.

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Topic of the Week: CASA : Actors, Spectators, Town, Gown
June 26, 2004
This week, arriving, as it does, in the absolute midst of my cleaning and updating the site, leads me to search for an identity that fits us. I keep trying on models. I know we can't fit perfectly into a European academic and community movement, for we Americans of the Western frontier, are in fact very different from Europeans. Our history and life experiences are so different. We have more space, less tradition, different cultural baggage, and surprisingly enough, more conservative approaches to learning. We're satisfied if our graduates can read and write. Europe has traditionally expected much more (with class divisions, of course, but we have those, too, like "Ivy League"). For example, in Europe there is a Cultural Analysis Summer Academy (CASA) focusing on issues of how to take education back from the academy into the community. I should think Rabelais would be wondering how we lost it in the first place, since in its origins, the university (the gown) was sovereign unto itself (and the Church), and the town would never have dreamt of such epistemological (is that a word?) battles as those in which we find ourselves trapped today. Of course, Rabelais lived during the Middle Ages.

My attention focused on CASA as one model from which we might learn. Their abstracts are online. Link on the names of particpants for the abstracts. . .

Just happened to glance at Saundra Davis' Mourning Ray Charles piece, right after talking to Pat about how much I struggle to realize the steps I've skipped in trying to bring students to professional production. One, the site's growing too fast; two, it's hard to remember that educational institutions have done real harm over the last decades. It came to me how much all of you write and participate interpassively, forwarding me bits and pieces, venting at me, and trusting that we'll understand. It's like Hal Foster says about modernism and postmodernism. There is no epoch of one followed by an epoch of the other. No real split that would define them. Of course not; such idiocy was positivism, man controlling whatever. But Foster sees modernism and postmodernism as fading into and out of each other. Interdependence. Dialogism. Yes. And then I thought of Saundra and so many others like her. They are both here and not here in this hypertext world we have found together. I get their messages. They get mine. There's something out there; somewhere out there, where we are, and yet we're not. A ghost world. With what feels like a very appropriate letting go.

The Internet is a frightening slice of time and place. But it lets good ghosts roam about, support, share, make discourse, make messages, read texts, write texts, sometimes without the letters Ivan Illich loves so dearly. How do we measure ghosts roaming about? Not sure I want to. I just want them to be there. How do we find the time for scholastic reading? What is scholastic reading anymore? Why am I so sure it's here somewhere? . . .

As long as I'm rambling here, going on about ghosts and the internet and temporal and spatial barriers melting in and out of one another, I think it might be relevant to share with you a reference to Ivan Illich's In the Vineyard of the Text: A Commentary to Hugh's Didascalicon. That's not just showing off. I haven't read the Didascalicon. Never even heard of it before I read about it In the Vineyard of the Text. It's kind of a twelfth century guide to higher learning, and Ivan Illich spends a lot of time explaining why such a title doesn't catch its twelfth century sense and precisely what his commentary is about: the epoch of "bookish learning" that is moving on past the "book" as "text" scarfs down new meanings. Well, whatever, here's the passage I think relates to what we're doing:

At p. 21. "Here again, Hugh quotes an auctoritas: the gnothi seauton, the maxim 'know thyself,' which is first preserved in Xenophon, remains a standing epigram throughout antiquity, and is widely quoted in the twelfth century (fn. omitted). However, the mere fact that an authoritative key sentence is quoted and requoted unchanaged over a millenium and more is no guarantee that its sense has remained unaltered. This is the reason why I am tempted to translate seipsum, when written by Hugh, as 'thy Self' rather than 'thyself.' "

Gee, I wish I could get Dubya to read that, with "patriotism" as part of "Self." But for a right perspective on liberal/conservative try All Hail Moore By David Brooks. Backup. "David Brooks's column on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times started in September 2003. He is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard . . ." Discussion later. jeanne

Debriefing the Naked Space Exhibit


This IS A Hypertext Project Map
For The Naked Space Exhibit "Freeing the Feminine Other" in May 2004
Link on Section Titles for Hypertext Poem and Contents.

NEWS and Announcements:

    Naked Space: A Safe Forum for Merging the Academy and the Community Presentation Submitted to 2004 Annual Conference on Race, Gender, Class, hosted by Southern University at New Orleans, on September 23-25, 2004. New Orleans.

    Notes on Presidential Election Voting as we debrief the Naked Space Exhibit from May of 2004. Preliminary Roles in Discourse Model. Reading on both sides. Read, laugh, think, dissent, from whomever. Just be sure you're thinking. Link added June 30, 2004.

  • Cultural Analysis Summer Academy Conference in Amsterdam, July 2 though July 5, 2004 was kind enough to include our Internet version of the Naked Space Exhibit of May 2004 on their program, so that others who are concerned with the integration of community and academy in real education will be able to reach us. Program Participants and Abstracts.

  • Federal Salmon Plan Threatens Species Protections Plan Would Substitute Hatchery Salmon For Natural Populations . . . Backup. On the interpretation and/or misinterpretation of "objective" data see Jason Blair and the President and Us.


    Photo: Chris Huss (seapics.com)
    "Experts say hatchery fish are no substitute for wild salmon."

    "The Bush administration at the end of May announced its proposal to include hatchery-reared salmon in population counts for endangered Pacific salmon species, a move that conservationists and fisheries biologists fear will undercut protection and management of these vanishing fish under the federal Endangered Species Act."

    From the Wildlife Federation EnviroAction Newsletter, July-August 2004.

    Misinterpretation: When does misinterpretation shift from incompetence to crime? Is there a definite shift? Or is it more like Hal Foster's description of modernism and postmodernism?

  • Cats and Dogs

    People and Cats Together, Inc. Peggy Hansen holds Spots
    People and Cats Together, Inc. Peggy Hansen holds Spots.

    Ruth Stroud, Special Advertising Sections Writer, did an article in the Los Angeles Times on June 22, 2004, explaining People and Cats Together (PACT) which supports the adoption of cats. Many cats and dogs are left uncared for when their owners pass away. Peggy Hansen has tried to help them, the pets, that is. Special notes on the importance of seniors remembering that they may not outlive their pets. Suggestion: Adopt older pets. "Pairing people 65 or older and cats at least 10 years old makes a lot of sense, said Peggy Hansen of PACT."

  • Speaking of Pets:

Grades for Spring 2004 Classes

To our knowlege grades are in. If you have a problem with your grade, email me with a cc to Pat at patriciaacone@hotmail.com. jeanne

Readings for Fall 2004 Classes

  • Mourning Our Heroes by Saundra Davis, CSUDH graduate, elected official in Culver City. On the contrast between on what Ray Charles offered in interracial understanding over against the failure to support racial and ethnic mending in former President Reagan's policy. How to sort out that conflict as we mourn both.

Academic Support

  • SquiggleFinding Internet Resources

  • SquiggleEvaluating 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 and Visuals Effectively

    Merriam-Webster Dictionary Search:

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

    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.

    Citation Styles Citing Internet Sources for Social Science Papers: A Quick Note.

    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.

    Internet Mission Photography Archive

    and Careers

    • Job Potential:

    • Resumes:

    • Letters of Recommendation:

      • 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.
      • 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

    • Reports and Studies on Employment and the Job Market

    • Held Over: Jobs:

    Play: Zebra, from Ted Nellen's Outline of Bolman and Deal

    Who to TakeWho To Take:

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



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