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Volume 12, No. 8, Week of March 18, 2002
Mirror Sites: CSUDH - Habermas - UWP
Site Map - Daily Site Additions - Site Stats - Site Index
Concept Index - Vocabulary Index - Topics Index
Digital Image by jeanne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Photo by Richard Perry
This painting was inspired by Richard Perry's New York Times Photograph, in The Week in Review of the New York Times on Sunday, March 24, 2002. The photo accompanied Adam Liptak's commentary on sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Story by jeanne. Link added March 25, 2002.
Spring Break This Week!
- No class on Wednesday, March 27, 2002. Happy Holidays!
No new material for a few days. It's time for me to delve inside the computer and fix the system that puts up Dear Habermas. Equipment changes, software changes. Oy! what a mess! There may be a few hours in here somewhere where everything is down, and I'm offline. I hope there's enough up to keep you happy in the interim! Just the way I always wanted to spend Spring Break!lnp, jeanne
Wednesday, March 27, 2002
- Dog Letters
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Table of Contents
Site Index - Topics Index - Concept Index - Vocabulary Index
Archives - Site Map - Site Stats - Syllabi - Recommending Teachers - Links
Left/Right Perspectives - PSN - ZNet - TR Young's Site - Virtual Faculty
Art and Poem Gallery - Transcend Art and Peace - The Justice Studies Association
Letters to My Students
In Other Languages
Art and the Imaginary
Conflicts Around the World
Lagniappe! You Gotta Read This!
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
Gallery Under construction.
Calls for Proposals: Conference and Article Plans
Presentations and Publications
What people are saying about Dear Habermas
Who To Take
Merriam-Webster Dictionary Search: Study and Writing Workshops:
- Graduate Study for Comprehensives:
- Marx: Commodity and Surplus Value Questions and answers from the Kapital_Gang List on Yahoo. Link added March 27, 2002.
- Marx: Working Class and the Service Sector Link added March 28, 2002.
- Marx: Advocacy and Learning; Praxis and Theory Link added March 28, 2002.
- Collaborative Writing Projects:
- Up soon.
- Moot Court, Spring 2002:
The NOW is cracking.
- Healing Thoughts:
- When It Comes to Exercise, Little Things Mean a Lot By Carol Krucoff, Special to the Times. Los Angeles Times. Health Section. At p. S 1. March 25, 2002. Backup Link added March 25, 2002.
- National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity Great suggestions for simple ways to keep yourself from growing sedentary. Healing in bits and pieces, through listening in good faith to our bodies. Link added March 26, 2002.
- The Writings of Dorothy Day
- Dorothy Day: A US Catholic Proposed for Sainthood Postmodernism, Love, "knowingness," forgiveness, critical theory. Whatever, we love and build "on the shoulders of giants." Link added March 26, 2002.
- "Ammon Hennacy: 'Non-Church' Christian" By Dorothy Day. The Catholic Worker, February 1970, 2,8. The story of one of the Catholic Workers, who maybe Backup. Link added February 26, 2002."Poor Kenneth, he did so want to assure Ammon that the Church, indeed, did desire peace, but I am afraid that neither Ammon nor I could forget how the scrap iron and metal was heaped in the church yards during the Second World War and blessed by the Priests, and war stamps sold to the children, and bombers named after the Blessed Mother, and so on. It was still all too much like rival armies in Mexico carry banners with different representations of the Blessed Virgin of different localities to bless their wars.
"Ammon knew much labor history but very little about Church history. He could get no encouragement from the fact that in ages past there had been far greater scandals of wealth and warfare than even today. Or were there? One priest said of Ammon's anticlericalism that, perhaps, he saw the sins of the Church as a human institution far more clearly than we did."
Scroll a little more than halfway down the file for this piece.
- Beyond Test Scores: Taking the big-picture view of student success. By Kevin Bushweller in the American School Board Journal. Backup. Link added March 26, 2002."People tend to be very uncritical about data and where they come from," says Haney, who is director of the Center for the Study of Testing at Boston College. "When they're faced with a complexity of data, they end up focusing in on one or two or, at most, three variables. And most people almost always rely primarily on test scores."
Good article. Easily understood language. Addresses the dilemma of reifying test scores. Many of you who are interested in teaching careers should consider this issue. Sociologists have much to do in helping the lay public understand what test scores can and cannot measure.
- National Test Is Out of Tune With Times By Richard Rothstein. New York Times. March 27, 2002. Backup. Link added March 27, 2002.
Good explanation of why tests don't work.
Concepts You Should Know:
- civil society
- Why the Rich Get Richer By Ben White. The Washington Post. March 16, 2002. "Exotic and complicated investments, unavailable to the rest of us, help explain . . ." Backup. Link added March 28, 2002.
- Working class, definition of. PSN thread March 27, 28, 2002. See Marx: Working Class and the Service Sector.
- crime statistics - latest
- What We Say Isn't Necessarily What We Do Link added March 21. 2002.
- just war
- When Is War Justified? American Catholic.org. Link added March 26, 2002.
- Just War Theory The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Link added march 26, 2002."Against the just war (justum bellum) are those of a skeptical persuasion who do not believe that morality can or should exist in war. There are various positions against the need or the possibility of morality in war. Generally, consequentialists and act utilitarians may claim that if victory is sought then all methods should be employed to ensure it is gained at a minimum of expense and time. Arguments from 'military necessity' are of this type: for example, to defeat Germany in World War II, it was deemed necessary to bomb civilian centers, or in the US Civil War, for General Sherman to burn Atlanta. However, intrinsicists may also decree that no morality can exist in the state of war, for they may claim it can only exist in a peaceful situation in which recourse exists to conflict resolving institutions. Or intrinsicists may claim that possessing a just cause (the argument from righteousness) is a sufficient condition for pursuing whatever means are necessary to gain a victory or to punish an enemy. A different skeptical argument, one advanced by Michael Walzer, is that the invention of nuclear weapons alter war so much that our notions of morality--and hence just war theories--become redundant. However, against Walzer, it can be reasonably argued that although such weapons change the nature of warfare they do not dissolve the need to consider their use within a moral framework." Scroll down about an inch to find this.
- A Just War? Asking the Age-Old Question about the Pursuit of Terrorism National Public Radio. Both audio and articles available online."Jewish and Catholic groups also cautioned against "limitless violence" in a military response to the Sept. 11 attacks. In a Dec. 5, 2001, statement, the National Council of Synagogues and the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs said "our traditions of just war... demand that even just wars be fought with concern for the lives of innocents and for the safety and well being of noncombatants and their property."
- Excerpts from The Harvest of Justice Is Sown in Peace United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Backup. Link added March 26, 2002.
- Towns With Odd Jobs Galore Turn to Inmates By Peter T. Kilborn. New York Times. At p. A 1. March 27, 2002. Backup. Link added March 27, 2002.
- Answering '800' Calls Offers Extra Income but No Security By Louis Uchitelle. New York Times. At p. A 1. March 27, 2002 Backup. Link added March 27, 2002.
- race and health
- Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care (March 20, 2002). Link added March 21, 2002.
- Minorities Get Inferior Care, Even if Insured, Study Finds By Sheryl Gay Stolberg. March 21, 2002. The New York Times. New York Times article on Unequal Treatment Report of Institute of Medicine. Link added March 21, 2002.
- Sociology of Health and Health Care Timothy J. Gallagher's course notes, starting with Thursday, 9/2 will give you a quick overview if you are not familiar with the Sociology of Health. Link added March 22, 2002.
- Diocese Reels After Losing 2 Tainted Bishops By Anthony DePalma. New York Times. March 27, 2002 Backup. Link added March 27, 2002.
- Polish Priests Press Vatican on Case Against Bishop By John Tagliabue. New York Times. March 27, 2002. Backup. Link added March 27, 2002.
- Women Slaves in Israel A New Profile request that we all remember the women sold into slavery; a problem Israel has not found effective ways to deal with. Uploaded March 26, 2002.
- Islamic Terrorism By Lauren Langman and Douglas Morris. On David Kessel's Sociology Room Site.
- Afghan Boomerang: America's nurture of militant Islam and the miscalculations of Osama Bin Laden By Yacov Ben Efrat on the Labour/Net Germany Site. The need to include Yacov Ben Efrat's views was taken from response of Steve Philion of Hawaii.
Social Theorists You Should Know:
- Paul Ricoeur
- Paul Ricoeur and the Hermeneutics of Suspicion: A Brief Overview and Critique by G. D. Robinson. Will add an essay later. Meanwhile I found the essay helpful. jeanne. Backup. Link added March 22, 2002.
Letters to My Students
Index of Letters to My Students
- Up soon.
Index of Artists Featured on This Site
Index of Art Discussions
- Art Discussions
- Beginning of art discussion with Carlo Zanni Link added March 21, 2002.
- Vermeer's New Painting: works by Jonathan Janson "His works reveal traditional old-masters painting tecnique and meticulous pictorial construction (some of his works require years to complete). Through these means he captures fleeting moments of our contemporary world to be then contemplated and enjoyed." This link to Janson's site will cede to a teaching essay soon. jeanne. Link found on Paintings of Vermeer. Link added March 22, 2002.
- Art You Should Know
- Red Ink Magazine: Covers.
"Our contributors hail from a plethora of tribes, including White Mountain Apache, Zuni Pueblo, Saginaw Chippewa, Yaqui, Northern Arapaho, Lenape, Ojibway, Pawnee and Hopi."
My favorite is the cover with the lavendar mountains in the background, ghostlike figures in the sky and sitting figures in the foreground. For me it catches the beauty of the landscape, the heritage of the myths and stories, the serenity of meditation on a culture drawn from an unimaginably colorful past. Link on the thumbnail to see the actual version on the Red Ink site.
- Poets You Should Know
- Reva Mariah S. Gover
- Poetry We Share with Each Other
- Wrongly Accused by Michael Litkofski, UWP. Link added March 28, 2002.
- Back in the Day by Kitt W. Kisner, I think. But it's sometimes hard to tell with so many Forwards. Link added March 28, 2002.
- To the women who have disappeared from Ciudad Juárez for nine years By Adela Lozano, UWP. Link added March 22, 2002.
- Inside the Whale Inside: A Hypertextual Journey into the Belly of Modernism By Robert Scholes, Brown University. "Hypertextual essay on hypertext and modernism." Try the links. Interesting way to handle poetry. But I was concerned that the poetry seemed to end with the link. I'd like to see us try to expand the poetic idea with the imagery that is linked to. jeanne. March 21, 2002.
In Other Languages
- ZNet en Espanol.
- La Opinion
- La Jornada Mexico. En espanol. Link added January 2, 2001.
- Hactivist News Service In French. Link added January 10, 2002.
Conflicts Around the World:
- Bomb Kills at Least 20 in Israel as Arabs Open Beirut Meeting By Joel Brinkley. New York Times. At p. A 1. March 28, 2002. Backup. Link added March 28, 2002.
- Tikkun Support for Palestine/Israel Peace Jewish support for the young Israelis refusing to serve in the Israel Defense Forces. Focus on ending violence. Link added March 23, 2002.
- Text of the Arab Peace Initiative. Backup. Link added March 28, 2002.
- Saudi's Plea to Israel and Arabs: Accept 'Land for Peace' By Neil MacFarquhar. New York Times. At p. A 1. March 28, 2002. Backup. Link added March 28, 2002.
- Two Israeli Views: Will Ehud Barak Put Israel on the Road to Real Land-for-Peace With Palestine? Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs. July/August 1999, pages 27-28. Backup. Link added March 28, 2002.
- Notes from Israel: 1993 by TR Young. 28 March 2002. TR's post to PSN gives excerpts of his notes from 1993. Pay particular attention to his discussion of land use patterns. The analysis of issues such as land use is what we mean by rational argument, as opposed to the rhetoric of insistence that "I'm right. I know." Link added March 28, 2002.
- Curricular and Scholarly Resources:
- Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs Link added March 28, 2002.
- Books for Understanding Association of American University Presses. Good resource. Link added March 21, 2002.
- Literary Resources on the Net Maintained by Jack Lynch of Rutgers. Updated 9 March 2002. Link added March 21, 2002.
- The Writing Tutor:
- Answer to "Can anyone point me to a reference, or quote with a reference, on the nature and origins of social science (the discipline)...please?" PSN Post by Carrol Cox on March 28, 2002."The place to start in looking for the history of a concept is the OED. In this case, look up both _social science_ and _sociology_ The latter term was sneered at in 1851 as a barbarous term. Anyone who has never explored the OED (Oxford English Dictionary, 2d e., 20 vols) is missing one of the wonders of the world.
"The earliest citation of "social science" is J. Adams, Let. 1785. The earliest for "sociology" is Blackwoods Mag., 1843, "These are to constitute a new science, to be called Social Ethics, or Sociology."
- Dog Letters On how to get an effective letter of recommendation. Link added March 27, 2002.
- Examples of thesis preparation. Updated March 21, 2002.
- The Methods and Statistics Tutor:
- The National Budget Simulation "This simple simulation should give you a better feel of the trade-offs which citizens and policy makers will need to make to balance the budget." Link added March 26, 2002.
- WWW Resources for Teaching Statistics Site Maintained by Robin H. Lock, Mathematics Department, St. Lawrence University. A useful site for finding help when you didn't keep a statistics text for reference. I'll refer to this site as we build this section for statistical guidance as we put together thesis projects. jeanne Link added March 22, 2002.
- State Rankings from the U.S. Census Bureau Link added March 22, 2002.
You Gotta Read This
- Never overestimate IQ of America by Lauren Langman. PSN post on March 21, 2002.
- Context: A forum for Literary Arts and Culture The site Lauren is quoting from. Link added March 21, 2002.
- The Bush Dyslexicon An Interview With Mark Crispin Miller. The Nation. A left perspective magazine. Link added March 21, 2002.
- The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder WW.Norton's page on The Bush Dyslexicon. 2001. ISBN 0-393-04183-2. Link added March 21, 2002.
Jobs and Job-Training:
- Up soon.
To share with our older kids:
- Suggestions for Youth in School and Parish Settings National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Backup. Link added March 26, 2002.
What people are saying about Dear Habermas
- On Saturday, March 23, 2002, Mac (Rebecca McLaughlin) wrote: "Just a FYI....absolutely no one has submitted to 'Who to Take' site. No activity from CSUDH or UWP since aug last year. It's too bad, because it's one of few opportunities that students can praise the prof's and share that wealth with other students unsure who to take for a class/emphasis. Just like anyone else, prof's need encouragement and praise too, and this site provided an excellent and appropriate forum to get the word out. Though you may be aware, thought I'd let you know just in case you weren't because you do such an outstanding job in keeping it updated."
Who To Take
- Who To Take Site Look up professors that others have recommended. Make recommendations yourself.
- Transforming Campus Discourse:The Importance of Sharing the Good Stuff