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Experimental Mexican Art from article by Guillermo Gómez-PeÑa

Experimental Mexican Art from article by Guillermo Gómez-Peña
In Premier Issue of Bello: Power, Culture, and Success

"I have sought mentors . . . who could guide me out of my own anger and into a life of self-fulfillment.
"bello is the gift they have given me. they have helped me see the iridescent beauty that exists within Chican, Mexciano, and latino cultures. We encompass every aspect of the light. In thought, spirituality and political ideology.
"We are not one culture, but many cultures. We are Indigina, we are Mestizo, we are Africano. We are all cultures and every other possibility in between . . . "

Fernando Diaz, Editor-in-chief, bello

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We Are many Cultures, Many Identitites.

Arnold says this issue of bello came in our Sunday paper. I hope many of you got it. Beautiful glossy that is saying much of what we say in Tranforming Dominant Discourse. When the language begins to be spoken from many quarters, by many groups, then perhaps it will become a languge through which we can unit and transform this socially constructed community in which we struggle to find ourselves.

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URGENT - Magic Numbers Taken Care Of -
Pat and I did our best to take care of the Magic Numbers before we left.

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Send an e-mail to: No subject needed; message: join. You will receive an answer saying that we have received the request to join. You must answer that to get subscribed. That's it.

Then send e-mail to Your message will go to all of you who subscribe to transform. That means that you won't need to wait till I can post your message on the threads of discussion, or a shared reading, or a blog. Everybody can stay current, and I can slow down a little. Good luck. jeanne

Topic of the Week

  • Consider Taxi1010, bello, and many other essays into the dominant world of culture. All too often we dismiss such enterprises, for they don't have the certification stamp of the dominant cultural authority. They're not published by the "right" publisher, they're not teachers in the "right" academy, they're not artists shown in the museums of our dominant culture. This week I'd like you to think about the extent to which the dominant culture operates in the pattern of hierarchy I have just described.

    And I'd like you to think of whether there are other ways to organize our lives. Could we protect and guide our children, and still respect their answerability? Could we shutter in fear at Bush's economic, social, political, and maybe even religious policies, and still have a good time with him on his mountain bike or at a fraternity party? Could we get it through our heads that the world isn't black and white, only our perceptions are? Could we reread Richard Hart's statements on Taxi1010 when he reminds us that we're really no better than the ones we're planning verbal comebacks for?

    Could we try living without killing each other?

    Could we try respecting everyone without that damned hierarchical concern? 21 September 2004, to

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Planned Discussions for Week of September 19, 2004:

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Open Access Discussion Threads: Current, Fall 2004

Open Access Blogs on Less Formal Discussions:

Syllabi for Fall 2004

Nota Bene: Several unanticipated factors have caused some changes to our CSUDH syllabi. A couple of real important books aren't available. So we've agreed to use the shared reading materials to make up for that loss. We've also agreed that, given that requisite change in focus, we would like to increase the field component of all classes this semester to reach out in the interest of community transformation. But that means extra field time that I don't want you taking from your substantive study of issues. So we have restructured the workshop and performance elements of moot court to cover many more performances than originally planned. These performances will be scheduled, TBA, when they fit your schedules, and we can then integrate the moot court course with the substantive courses, so that you will receive credit for the field work you are doing. That means add Moot Court so you can receive credit through that activity planned course, and notice that you have to add Soc 370 and Soc 370A. Pat will get any magic numbers needed. jeanne

  • Mentoring

  • Conferences

    Conference in New Orleans in September:

    Freeing the Feminine Other:

    Hypertext Gallery Exhibit from Fall 2004


    Hypertext Project Map
    Link on Section Titles for Hypertext Poem and Different Sections of Table of Contents.

  • Academic Support

    Using Academic Language Effectively

    Merriam-Webster Dictionary Search:

    and Careers

    • 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


    • Desperately Seeking Dick Cheney by Rick Lyman. New York Times. Week in Review. September 19, 2004. Even the elite get excluded and disrespected some of the time. Backup.

    • Hampton Hampster Dance 2 Link not working Monday afternoon. But it was working on Saturday, September 18, so I'll leave it up for a while. Do try moving the little guys around. They're cute. jeanne

      Site has grown a little confusing, but the music is cheerful and the hamsters are cute and you can still move them around. I didn't have time to figure it all out. You play with it. jeanne

    That Was Fun! Sneaky Strokes and Flying Good Dogs

    Flying Dog is also a painting by Zhang Kai. Best I've every come across to illustrate our site with magic numbers and unicorns and whipped cream cats and now, flying dogs:

    Flying Good Dogs: Whenever something happens in class that works out well, that inspires you, that helps in studying, whatever, take a few minutes to send us an e-mail. We'll post it where all of us can learn from it, including other teachers.

    • A sentence or two about what you want to share with us.
    • The name of the teacher whose class you were in.
    • The name of the class.
    • The name of the school. We're not picky. We'll honor teachers in any school, any level. This might be a good idea to help young children learn to say "thank you" and encourage meaningful practice in all our schools. We could even start with pre-school. This is a skill needed in answerability. To discover that what you think matters is to end silencing. Even home schooling. You can send photos or drawings, too.

    • See the first entries at Sneaky Strokes and Good Dogs

    You can also send an email to the Who to Take Site:

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