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Dear Habermas
A Journal of Postmodern and Critical Thought
Devoted to Academic Discourse on Peace and Justice

Volume 10, No. 6, Week of October 1, 2001

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Volume 10, No. 5, Week of September 24, 2001
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Site Map - Daily Site Additions - Site Stats - Site Index
Concept Index - Vocabulary Index - Essay Index
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What has happened? by Eiko Yamazaki
What has happened?
Photomontage by Eiko Yamazaki, Soka University, Japan

  • Three Ravens from the Sky

    by Shinsaku Fujikawa, Soka University, Japan.

    jeanne's second version of <i>Three Ravens from the Sky</i>

    Art and the World Trade Center Disaster

    Slide Show of Children's Art on the Tragedy in New York

    Collaborative Art and Transforming Discourse

    Three Paintings for Interpretation
    Click on painting for larger version.

    New Skin by Michael Wikofski by Michael Witkofski, UWP - New Skin and Forgiveness

    Oneness by Honor Dolly Klett, CSUDH - Oneness

    Theory, Man's Journey by Jolanta Smith, UWP - Theory, Man's Journey

    These paintings were created for the Dear Habermas Site over the last couple of years. Each is linked to its larger version and to the artist's explanation of what the painting or drawing represented to him/her. I am particularly struck by the contrast iin feeling between New Skin and Oneness. Can we re-interpret them in light of the September 11 tragedy? Can we use Jolanta Smith's drawing to explain the interdependence of the individual and the community? Stories, poems, art, music, theoretical and conceptual linking all welcome.


    Stories to Share:

    Plane purportedly about to hit WTC.

    The Plane Approaching the WTC on Sept. 11

    No, I didn't disappear it. Yes, it is a hoax. And, no, that doesn't matter.
    How do you feel about the hoax? How do you feel about the photo?
    And, no, those last two answers don't have to be the same.
    Sociodrama on this during the Week of October 1.

  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
    University of Wisconsin, Parkside
    Transcend Art and Peace
    Latest Update: October 4, 2001


    Table of Contents

    Archives - How to Navigate the Site - Announcements
    Teaching and Review Essay Index, by Topic - Lecture Notes - Oft-Used Weblinks
    Left/Right Perspectives - PSN - Virtual Faculty - Transcend Art and Peace
    The Justice Studies Association - TR Young's Site
    Who To Take - Syllabi - Art and Poem Gallery - Sociology Sites

    CSUDH: Where's jeanne - Who's jeanne? - Where's everyone?
    UWP: Susan's classes - Who's Susan?
    Merriam-Webster Dictionary Search:

    What's New?
    For the Week of October 3, 2001

    Weekly Readings and Suggested Measures of Learning:
    New material up on Monday, if I can manage it. Meanwhile, read the current issue. jeanne, Sunday, September 30, 2001.

    Teaching Essays
    In Other Languages
    Art and the Imaginary
    Collaborative Writing Journal
    Conflicts Around the World
    Scholastic Resources
    Lagniappe! You Gotta Read This!
    Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
    Resource Pages:
    . . . Criminology and Aging and Peacemaking and Theory
    . . . and Women and Social Justice and Social Justice Issues and Writings
    . . . and The Writer's Bookshelf and Poverty and Sociology of Law
    . . . and September 11, 2001 and Distance Learning
    Syllabi Instructions on How to Access Syllabi
    Calls for Proposals: Conference and Article Plans
    Kids' Site
    What people are saying about Dear Habermas
    Who To Take



    Teaching EssaysTeaching Essays

    Teaching and Review Essay Index

      New This Week:

    • October Newsletter of Students' Art for Peace Art for Peace Deadlines Extended.

    • United Religions Initiative Building Global Interfaith Cooperation. "URI Leadership Responds to Terrorism - From the Interim Global Council: Our pledge to create justice not revenge, healing not further violence, in the face of the devastating tragedy of the destruction of the World Trade Center and the severe damage of the Pentagon on the International Day of Peace, September 11, 2001."

    • Racial Patterns and Basic Needs "Race, Racism and the Law considers race, racism and racial distinctions in the law; It examines the role of domestic and international law in promoting and/or alleviating racism. The site includes statutes, cases, excerpts of law review articles, annotated bibliographies and other documents related to race and racism." I like this law professor. She's good. And, given today's ethnic concerns, this can be an important scholarly resource. You have to hunt around a little on her sites. They're continuously under construction, like Dear Habermas.

    • What Is Race? Ian F. Haney Lopez, The Social Construction of Race: Some Observations on Illusion, Fabrication, and Choice, 29 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 1-62, 6-7, 11-17 (Winter, 1994) Gives a good sense of "social constrruction."

    • more patriotism run amok a PSN posting on the issue of identifying badges such as ribbons and buttons that are being worn on news announcements. Essay up soon. Discussion this week. This just came in as e-mail. It should be posted soon. jeanneThis just came in as e-mail. It should be posted soon. jeanne

    • Arundhati Roy on the algebra of infinite justice A Robert Stewart PSN post from The Guardian. "The trouble is that once Amer ica goes off to war, it can't very well return without having fought one. This just came in as e-mail. It should be posted soon. jeanne

    • The Lessons of Blowback By CHALMERS JOHNSON, Chalmers Johnson is author of "Revolutionary Change" and "Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire." Los Angeles Times editorial, September 30, 2001. "Even carefully planned actions can have unintended consequences. Let's not do something that ultimately benefits terrorists." backup

    • Evaluating Authority and Understanding the Visual Impact The One Second Before Photograph Hoax. This file is the start of a discussion on the issue of the role of visual literacy in our belief systems.

    • The Language of the Unspeakable War, up close and personal. Visual literacy and the means of communication that bring us back to a human level. Think about that as you think about evaluating the fake photograph. Would you like the terrorists to see it? Why? or why not?

    • Civilization Envy: On Muslims, Israel, and McDonald’s. by Jonah Goldberg. September 28, 2001. The National Review Online. Conservative Perspective.

    • Understanding Postcolonialism Teaching essay on postcolonialism and its importance today.

    • Agency and Structural Context Tyshae Jefferson' interpretation of the Li'l Red Hen. Conceptual linking to theory.

    • What does it all meme? by TR Young. 28 September 2001. TR Young's post to PSN on a PBS special Thursday, September 27, 2001, on memes and genes and evolution.

      • What does it all meme? Timothy Mason's comments on memes and genes and evolution and deep meaning. Notice that he mentions Richard Dawkins. Nag me to get a summary of Dawkins' piece up on Sept.11. Basically he says that religion, and our unshakeable belief that OUR religion is RIGHT is what has been perpetuating violence for centuries.

      • I don't want to sound 'Meme" by Alan Spector. Post to PSN on 28 September 2001. Important discussion clarifying the dangers of over simplifying: "As one who uses metaphors, illustration, fables, I have to constantly struggle with myself and remind my students that metaphors can illuminate processes but cannot provide reliable evidence (Rabbits and tortoises don't actually race, after all.). So it is fine to use them, important, valuable, necessary. But readers should take care that they don't take some metaphors literally. It is common, not just among sociobiologists, but even among humanists and marxists and others to write in ways that might imply "intentionality" to processes that are not "intentional" at their core."

      • Re: What does it all meme? by Paul H.Dillon. 28 September 2001. "So how can you can have an elementary unit of something that is only an abstract universal to begin with?" Notice how hard it is to nail down some of the ideas being discussed here. We need to talk about them, but we keep tripping over problem of how to say what we're trying to say. Could this be what Habermas has in mind when he speaks of a "good faith" consideration of the Other's validity claims? I think you can see the dilemma best in Alan Spector's comments.

    • Psychology of the Moral Dilemma by Sandra Blakeslee New York Times Service. Thursday, September 27, 2001

    signifiers across cultures: other languages In Other Languages

    • Artists of the Harlem Renaissance The Palmer Hayden is the middle picture on the page this link should take you to. It's a dance scene, probably in Paris. And there are two really lovely William H. Johnson images. The site is in German, but the images aren't. If you are interested, I'll work on a translation. jeanne. September 30, 2001.


    Collaborative Writing Journal

    Current work in progress on teaching and review essays
    by jeanne, Susan, Pat, et alia.

    Conflicts Around the World:

  • Present Danger

    • Language of the Unspeakable Fears invoked by catastrophe and terror. Fears of survivors from New York. Fears of the Afghan people before the US outrage.

    • Long-Term Effects

      • RESPONSE TO TERROR: Teacher's Terrorism Remarks Stir Academic Freedom Debate By William Lobdell, Los Angeles Times. September 30, 2001. "College: Instructor's suspension after claim that he called Muslim students 'murderers' prompts bitter arguments on campus." backup

        Consider the possibilities for calming this outburst before it reached this affect level. Is peaceful intervention possible, given the passionate responses wrought by terror, religion, and knowingness. To what extent do you think religion is at the heart of this. Nag me again to put up Richard Dawkins work, and that of Archbishop Tutu. Sociodrama during the week of October 1, based on this incident.

    • History

      • Searching for a Past Traced with Gold by Duane Noriyuki, Los Angeles Times, September 30, 2001, p. E1. backup This is a lovely story of how a young reporter went in search of an Imari plate etched in his grandmother's memory as lost when Japanese Americans were placed in detention camps after Pearl Harbor.

        To what extent is there danger that we will re-enact the horrible mistakes we made then?

        • Imari plate on sale at the Smithsonian. Notice the delicacy of the Imari ware, and imagine the protectiveness his grandmother must have felt for that special plate.

        • Imari The Image of Art Website. Short history of Imari ware. The plate that Duane Noriyuki's grandmother so loved was Imari ware. The LA Times had a picture with the article, but it was not available online.

      • 7 People Escorted Off Plane at LAX By Anna Gorman and Monte Morin. Los Angeles Times. September 30, 2001. " Aviation: Passengers become nervous after seeing a man pass papers. No arrests are made."

        How do you suppose such incidents are affecting dominant discourse? Do you see any way that we can shift them away from adversarialism?


    You Gotta Read This

      Drawing Disaster: Children's Response to the WTC Attack Slide show in the New York Times.

      Making Books Yahoo Groups list. Link to Messages in the left-most frame for the archived messages. Gives many ideas for making books with young children. They would make wonderful gifts for birthday parties, even activities for birthday parties. This was up last week, but I plan to start book making the Week of October 1, so you might want to take a look at this in preparation. I'll also be putting up instructions on Monday. jeanne

    Scholastic Resources:

    Scholastic Resources Site under revision, but useable.
    Sociology Sites New Scholastic Resources file going up for behavioral sciences.
    American Society of Criminology Tutoring for student members of ASC.

    Scholarly References

    jobs, jobs, jobs Jobs and Job-Training:

    • Interview Skills Good tips.

    • " is a meta-collection of Internet resources that have been gathered for the academic job hunter. It includes links to faculty, staff, and administrative announcements and is not restricted to teaching positions."

    • Careers in Sociology Whole book available online.


    • Paintings
    • Poem Gallery
    • Art and Poems from early volumes of Dear Habermas.

      New Additions:

      • What has happened? Photomontage by Eiko Yamazaki, Soka University, Japan.
        Copyright by Eiko Yamazaki, September 2001.

    • Three Ravens from the Sky by Shinsaku Fujikawa, Soka University, Japan.

      Susan with Blue BoyKids' Site

      Kids' Site Homepage Updated
      Kids' Site Index

    • National Constitution Center: KIDS Corner Kids Corner has set up this part of their site "so that you can findinformation and help for your school projects."

      • IC for Kids Ithaca Library Resource for finding good sites for kids.

      • Tumble Kids Link to Tumble Kids on the silver button menu across the page. Then link to Check Out This Fun Stuff. My favorite today was the puzzle in the middle of the bottom row. Click on it and watch all the puzzle split apart and its pieces arrange themselves around the board. Then drag the pieces one by one onto the puzzle board. It soothed my headache, and gave a few moments of rest. Share Tumble Kids with "little ones" and "big ones."

    What people are saying about Dear Habermas

    • On Wednesday, September 26, 2001, Lisa
    • Subject: Thinking Out Loud On a More Abstract Level by Vance Peavy

      dear jeanne:

      i am so grateful for the website. Thanks for this article and all the articles...thank you for the petition. It is an answer to my prayers....I am praying so hard for a peaceful way out of this violent attack on our nation. I am very distressed at the general attitude of many of my friends outside the academic or spiritual world. they have no concept of trying to understand the other....I am so glad that there are people who are rational and level headed at this time of great emotional mourning. Have a wonderful holiday thursday...Yom tov....namaste....see you in class tomorrow.

      lisa stevens

    • On Thursday, September 27, 2001, Laura Wright wrote:
    • Jeanne,

      I would be willing to help where ever the need is greatest. I wish I knew more theory and had read all of Habermas in order to have the opportunity do some of all of it. What a great idea to teach us all about keeping Dear Habermas alive!


    • On Wednesday, October 3, Susan wrote to jeanne:
    • i was gonna say "don't you people sleep"? i've been trying to clear out my inbox for the last two hours! but you're "exempt" because you're on the west coast. these students don't sleep!! yikes! i spoze learning is 24/7 and depending on what schedule you're on, huh? i know i shouldn't complain when there's learning going on.

    • On Tuesday, October 2, Kara Cain, CSUDH Childcare Center, wrote:
    • Jeanne,

      The drawings by the children are so wonderful. I work at the child care center on campus and I understand sometimes that it is hard for children to accurately express themselves. These pictures really capture the event through the eyes of a child. The one done by the 12th grade girl is awesome. Could you continue to put more up? Thanks. I would also like to do something with my daycare kids. If you could give me a project, I will tak to my supervisor about it.

      Kara Cain

      Who To Take