This Is - Is NOT - Is A Site Map
Link on the topics to see what's here. Or see Table of Contents below.

Reorganization will be finished soon. Even the links above are old. I'm revising. jeanne

  • Weekly Journal Issue

    Dear Habermas is a forum for academic discussion that highlights news and events in the real world by linking them conceptually to the theoretical issues of peace and social justice we cover in our classes and through distance learning on the site. The name, Dear Habermas, comes from our students' constant queries of "What would Habermas say?" Having no ready idea of Habermas' thoughts, we hadn't a clue, so taking a cue from Dear Abby, we named the journal Dear Habermas. The journal is represents the collaborative work of students and staff and faculty in a non-hierarchical non-linear context. Our experience in non-hierarchical administration and collaborative work came from the Social System Research Center directed by Jeanne Curran, wirh Susan Takata as a research assistant in the mid-1970's. We have begun to take the first steps for the site to reach out to the community at large, as well as to our students.

  • Mirror Sites

    There are three mirror sites of Dear Habermas. I promise to try to keep them all updated. The advantage to mirror sites is that if for some reason you can't print what you want on one site, you can switch to a mirror site, and sometimes it works just fine. I do not understand the mysteries of the electronic world well enough to prevent such mishaps as a file refusing to print. It happens at CSUDH every so often, so we keep mirror sites for greater efficiency. Sometimes I forget to upload a file, but you'll find that I remembered it when I uploaded to one of the mirror sites. May everything work for you. jeanne. January 28, 2003.

  • Archives of Weekly Issues

    The Archives permit us to move quickly to the weekly issue we're looking for. For the bettter part of a year now each issue displays a drawing, painting, or photograph, related to the issues we are discussing. We find that we recognize the relevant image faster than we recognize the date. We are thus in the process of adding thumbnail images to each weekly issue in the archive. We are also building extensive indexes so that we can find archival information without going through back issues. For our Site Index, click on Site Index under the Blue Angel Logo that heads every page. (Some old files may not yet be updated to the Blue Angel Logo link. Sorry.)

  • The KIDS' Site

    The KIDS' Version has grown right along with us. The traditional student of today has siblings and children, young neighborhood friends, whose nurturing is a very real part of transforming discourse for social justice. Children are welcome in our classes, and welcome to participate in our field trips and activities. We have had third-graders, middle-school children, and high school students take an active part in our peace and social justice activities, including field trips to museums and plays and Moot court arguments to appellate and supreme court justices, and contributions to the site.

    Last summer we began to add age-appropriate tags as our Kids Site grew. But we have found that students of any age enjoy sharing the activities of the adults in their community. And we have also found that activities designated for young kids are often soothing to exhausted adults at the end of a day. Pat and jeanne are addicted to slide puzzles.

    Unfortunately, the restructuring of the site has kept me from restructuring the KIDS' site. But we're still adding materials as we go, and hope to have the whole site restructured soon. And Elise Zevitz has promised to take over as KIDS' Editor. Give us a few weeks, and we might just get going. jeanne. January 28, 2003. Hello, Elise, we're still waiting for you to take over. jeanne

Links to Get Around the Site

Listed below are 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. We've tried to include keywords that some of us remembered, like: horse, ostrich, worm.

You can link to the site index from the group of links under the blue angel icon on the top left corner, or link on the blue angel icon itself. If you discover a word or concept or phrase that you continuously hunt for, let us know, and we'll try to include it in the Site Index.

Topics Index

The site consists largely of essay discussions of substantive issues of social justice that come from faculty lectures and student responses to those lectures. The Topics Index has a link under the Blue Angel icon on the Home page and the Main page of each weekly issue. And on many of the pages I have linked the Title Icon to the Topics Index. If you find a page not yet linked, e-mail the file name. jeanne

Link to Topics Index

In Summer 2001 we have tried to work out an effective topic index for all of us to find what we're looking for. The first efforts in this endeavor can be found at and the older version at The Essay Index. You can also try last year's Thematic Index. I've let the indexing go this last semester, but I'm trying to catch up. jeanne. January 28, 2003. Most of this will be transferred to the Topic Index, as soon as I can get to it. jeanne

Old References:

Many of the references starting five years ago are not fully integrated into the newer material. Some of the links may not work because at that time I hadn't learned that I have to back everything up on our own server. But there's still lots of good material there.

Scholastic References

A table of references designed to help you find academic resources. We are updating this in 2001, slowly. Currently we are building Sociology Sites. Meanwhile, the old Scholastic References is still useful. I just started a new Sociology Sources and Sources for Advanced Theory jeanne. January 28, 2003.

Listed 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.

Submission Guidelines:

Your correspondence aids us in developing this intertextual publication forum for teachers and students. . . The availability of these writings to other teachers and students sometimes is a source of new and creative ideas, and sometimes is a source of new examples and explanations that might click for you when others have not.

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. Some concepts, like alterity, hegemony, are included in both the vocabulary and the concept indices, when they contain a specific meaning as concepts in some theories, and also as words and concepts that need to be recognized. We link to the Merriam-Webster dictionary to in substantive files when we think our students might need to look up the word. I've pretty much given up on this. I'm going to try to list the primary substantive concepts in each topic area, hoping that that will suffice. But meanwhile check the old files. We might go back to them. jeanne. January 28, 2003.

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. I'm going to try to list the primary substantive concepts in each topic area, hoping that that will suffice. But meanwhile check the old files. We might go back to them. jeanne. January 28, 2003.

The Essay Index:

Newest site organization by topic, but still incomplete.

Thematic Index:

Site organization by theme. Old version works, but is cumbersome. Newer versions exist as Teaching Essay Index and as Shared Comments Index, and which will probably merge the others, since our students write them, too.

Some old test preparation efforts can be found at:

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. Still struggling to catch up in July 2001. jeanne

  • 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. Index up soon. jeanne, July 2001. Well, maybe soon now. jeanne. January, 2003.
  • 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 Discourse
  • 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.

In July 2001, this section became the Collaborative Writing Journal, to which we and our students and our colleagues can build on each others' ideas without having to complete an entire lecture or essay. Report on this planned.


  • 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. I've started to revise with The Ostrich Doesn't Look Like Me and The Worm Crawls On and On and On. jeanne. July 15, 2001.