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California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Created: December 28, 2000
Latest Update: April 14, 2001

E-Mail jeannecurran@habermas.org

For Dear Habermas

The site is called Dear Habermas because three and a half years ago, when we started it as a class newsletter, we were using Jurgen Habermas' Between Facts and Norms: Contributions to a Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy. The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1996. We soon realized that all the students' questions were prefaced by "What would Habermas say?" As though we knew! We felt like Dear Abby trying to field questions of truth, justice, and beauty. So we named the site Dear Habermas, and so it has remained, always coming back to Habermas' theories on social justice and legitimacy in the system of law.

Navigation: Listed below are the many links to help you find what you're looking for. The site continues to grow, and we're trying to make it intuitive. Let us know if you have difficulty finding anything.

Site Index:

Detailed. And extensive. We update the index as quickly as we can, and invite your request if you fail to find something you're looking for.

Scholastic References A table of references designed to help you find academic resources. We are updating this in 2001, slowly. Meanwhile, it's useful.

Finding Specific Topics. We focus primarily on social justice and peacemaking. List below are some of our resource pages, but we have not been able to update them yet in 2001. Thus, beware of some old links, and nag us to get to the task.

The "Birdie" Page
Weekly Preparations and Readings Across Classes:

So named by the students because the link was a "birdie" in the upper right hand corner of each page. Our classes don't have traditional assignments. They have many choices of readings, both in hardcopy and online. The "Birdie" Page lists new material for all classes each week. Clicking on the birdie itself in the upper right hand corner will take you to the "Birdie" Index. Clicking on the birdie again will take you back to the current week. (i.e., The "birdie" is a toggle switch.)

Vocabulary Index:

Words, concepts, and people that we know we ought to recognize, but keep forgetting. Designed as a non-structurally violent approach to learning through broad reading and convenient review. Our students love this, and we're trying to build it quickly. We've even begun to link the Merriam-Webster dictionary to vocabulary in our files we think our students should look up. Over Spring Break 2001 the Vocabulary Index was coordinated with the Concept Index. Some concepts, like alterity, hegemony, are included in both indices, when they contain a specific meaning as concepts in some theories, and also as words and concepts that need to be recognized.

Concept Index:

Reference guide for quick review of concepts. Over Spring Break 2001 the Vocabulary Index was coordinated with the Concept Index. Some concepts, like alterity, hegemony, are included in both indices, when they contain a specific meaning as concepts in some theories, and also as words and concepts that need to be recognized.

Thematic Index:

Site organization by theme. Old version works, but is cumbersome. Newer versions have been started as Teaching Essay Index and as Shared Comments Index

Test Preparation by Classes:

This collection of class pages pulls together readings, shared comments, discussion questions and lecture notes, and self-tests we consider essential for our various classes. They provide an overview by class. This is a new section going up in March 2001. And with reorganization of the site, this section was abandoned in April 2001, though the march files are still uploaded. By mid Summer 2001 we should have this feature thoroughly incorporated and intuitive. Sorry for the confusion.

Who's Who in Academic Discourse:
Data for Secondary Analysis

  • This section offers a semester's report of the process of learning in an environment created to permit grading without structural violence. This is an ongoing recognition for our students. Kind of a scrap book for our virtual community. We'll be spending more time on this file as the semester draws to a close.

  • Papers and Conferences
    Index of papers and for which approximately a dozen students from the University of Wisconsin, Parkside and from California State University, Dominguez Hills work collaboratively through the site. Work on the papers and presentations is regularly posted on the site, and accessible. We're a little behind on this project, but struggling to catch up in late March 2001.

  • Dialog on the Arrogance of Domination: Our Students and Higher Learning Actual data and analysis of our progress in Fall 2000.

The Arts and Transforming Dominant Discourse:

  • Collection of art work and music work that has appeared on the site as part of our efforts at transforming discourse. Helnwein, Jacob Lawrence, Palmer Hayden, and so on. Until I manage to get this up, you can find the work through the "Birdie" page weekly index, since these works went up weekly. jeanne. December 28, 2000.
  • Painting My Students Art as an Integral Part of Assessment. The link leads to Who's Who in Academic Discourse, from which you can link to the art work. Will put up report on this as soon as I find a discretionary moment. jeanne
  • Art as Dscocurse
  • Site Art Gallery
  • Site Poem Gallery
  • Poem Page from Volume 1 of Dear Habermas.

Site Additions

  • Daily listing, with brief comments, of files that have been revised or added. Comprises a kind of site journal, and has been maintained as data for eventual study of site development. Current listings periodically added to Site History, which includes the entire listing since it was initially begun in Spring 1998.

Research Notes:

Reports and professional papers on empowerment through institutions of higher education. We started this section over Winter Break, 2001, to reflect our research and to guide other researchers to sections of our site that offer qualitative data for secondary analysis. We haven't updated since January 1, 2001, because of other constraints, like devising a non-structurally-violent approach to teaching our classes. But we'll get back to this section as soon as we're able.

Kids' Page

  • The Kids' Page is a reflection of the work we do as adults on the site. We often share our work with friends, siblings, children, grandchildren, of all ages. In the Summer of 2000, I tried to revise the Kids' Page with age appropriate icons. I never managed to finish that work, and the Kids' Page is in desperate need of updating, though most of its links are working. I fear that I won't get to this until after Winter Break. Tag me. jeanne December 28, 2000.