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Sharing Workshops and Discussion Groups

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California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Created: March 23, 2001
Latest update: August 17, 2001
E-Mailjeannecurran@habermas.org

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Who's Doing What, When, and Where?

If you'll e-mail your plans and let us all know what you're working on, I'll post it here so you can share more readily. Remember that you are encouraged to work together, either in person, or by phone, or by e-mail. Please don't imitate the structural violence of the institution in demanding prompt attendance at meetings on the penalty of exclusion. Most of us have lives and conflicts. E-mail and the phone work. And since I post a lot on the site, you should be able to accommodate one another without adding to already heavy burdens. And remember that all grades depend on individual consultation with me, so that no one is taking credit for your work. In mutuality, jeanne

    From Fall 2001:

  • The following students have been in touch with me and Susan and Pat over the summer, and are planning to present at the ASA meetings in Anaheim:

    • Marlene Boykin
      Topic: The Aging Community and Inclusion, both Marxist and Social Work perspectives, and the role the Dear Habermas Site has played in our developing effort in this area.

    • Bobbie Martin
      Topic: Bringing an awareness of structural violence and less harmful acknowledgment of children's sense of justice. Emphasis on the possibility of accomplishing this through the transformation of community discourse.

    • Lisa J. Stevens
      Topic: Forgiveness, Religion, and increasing awareness of the miscommunication across belief systems. Transforming our discourse through increased awareness and the sanctioning of discourse that acknowledges this process.

  • From Spring 2001:



    Discussion Groups Seeking Others with Similar Interests

    In this section you are invited to announce topics that interest you. You may wish to work on them for your essay exam, or for a special workshop presentation. You may work in groups but each person will be responsible for face to face discussion with jeanne, if you choose to use this work for a grade.
    1. Balancing self and the social group.

      Lois Cole has asked for a workgroup interested in discussing the excerpt from Hillel from the Textbook "Not Only For Myself" on page (25) Martha Minow quotes the words of Rabbi Hillel.

      If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
      If I am not for others, what am I?
      And if not now, when?

      Read more of Lois Cole's thoughts on this at Shared Comments on Parental Responsibility

      E-mail your interest in working with Lois on this topic. Put Discussion Group in the Subject line of the message.



    2. Radical Acts of Mutuality and Cooperation: Listening

      On Sunday, March 25, 2001, Donna Kim wrote:

      Hi Dr. Curran,

      From the Textbook "Not Only For Myself" on page (25) Martha Minow quotes the words of Rabbi Hillel.

      If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
      If I am not for others, what am I?
      And if not now, when?

      I just wanted to comment on what this quote reminded me of.

      This reminds me to critically consider what kinds of self-presentations, personalities are surfacing from children within a structurally violent agency. I think this quote could explain the many high school shootings that have been occurring throughout the nation. In other words, who really is "listening in good faith?" Where else can the children turn for help, if they can't get it NOW when they need it? I believe children have always been oppressed. But, it had to take these acts of violence to break the silence? How many more similar incidents does it take before radical acts of mutuality and cooperation take effect?

      Donna Kim, Theories

      On Sunday, March 25, 2001, jeanne responded:

      Beautiful response, Donna. I like your designation of listening in good faith to the children NOW as "radical acts of mutuality and cooperation." What a delightful way to put it.

      I just posted the first part of Oppression and Revolution. I would love to see you and Lois draw on some of that theory and do your essay exam on this question. love and peace, jeanne



      Research Teams Open to Participation

      In this section you will discover who is working on papers for presentation to professional meetings. Especially for those of you who want to go on to graduate work, these groups can provide valuable experience in putting papers together. You may join us just to watch and see what it's like, or you may join us to help with the research and be recognized on the paper itself for your work. This is group work, but each person will be responsible for face to face discussion with jeanne, if you choose to use this work for a grade.



      Sharing to Avert Harm to the "Other"

      We ask that you share your workgroups and discussions with others. This is one way to open up the exclusionary practices of small groups who have known each other for a time, or who have judged each other to be able to work together by fairly superficial signifiers of similarity. Since you will not be judged as a group, but as individuals, you do not have to fear that you are "being used." We consider that important in our attempt to shift to a paradigm that balances adversarialism and mutuality.

      To allow for the strangeness of inviting others to share in our work, I encourage you to choose one measure of your learning as practice in transforming the exclusivity of the dominant discourse.