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Dulce hogar sin estilo

Pour votre considération: scholar, scientist, researcher, what do these terms imply?

(In other news I would like to say that Vallejo’s French was execrable. Execrable. How he did not get better than that in 15 years is hard to understand.)

A fascinating fact about him, however, is that he dropped the fall, 1931 writers’ conference tour of the USSR halfway through. It was his third voyage to this paradise and he was apparently starting to see through the regime.

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This is how I will use JSTOR without wi-fi

With a phone. I will let everyone know how this works and I will also remember to cancel this service when I no longer need it (or when it turns out not to work).

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To do

This article; the syllabi; the LASA2015 abstract; the grading; the parking permit.

In the fall: the other article.

It is strange no longer to collude in my own oppression but I appear to be achieving this. I will become stronger still.

The very worst aspect of working at our place is the way we are undermined by the administration and used to undermine each other. I will guard against this.

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One

So it is going now, and I am becoming one with this project. Whole. The image of jumping off into a project does not work for me. I decided it was not a question of jumping off, but of drawing things toward me.

You have to think in terms of integration and love, not alienation, rubrics, duty. That is my academic advice.

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Ser alguien

Today with Creole plate lunches we were talking about strategies for getting things done. We already know that in summer, to assign oneself four hours of work each day and take the rest of the time off is a wonderful, relaxing, renewing strategy. First a week’s absolute vacation, then this. So we are not talking at a basic level about discipline, “time management,” or how to work otherwise. We were talking about how to be the people who work, how to retain self respect, how to maintain lucid focus in an environment that undermines and derails.

Elements in the discussion are all topics we have explored before,  but we are concentrating our ideas and making them concise. In no particular order:

- Women, under constant assault. Identities (particularly professional identities) under constant assault. Having to recover, put one’s shards back together, in order to do real work. This has to be honored and space has to be made for it, and the reconstruction has to be done consciously.

- One must fight on one’s own side.

- One must remember that other people can sometimes be wrong.

- I tend to put my work last because I put myself last.

- You have to revive yourself to revive your work.

- Dissociation and withdrawal are my reactions to trauma. I have to heal these to work. Every day.

Conversing in person on these matters I was more sophisticated and subtle than is this post, but these notes may be an aide-mémoire. The key insight is that I have to power to be supportive of myself and I do not use it — I was taught that only through self-destruction or at least passivity could one earn survival, but I can in fact use my powers on my own behalf.

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Esto es significativo

¿Maras, hambre, ignorancia? Los niños trabajadores y abandonados de América central salen a correr al “país del nunca jamás” guiados por esa especie de sombra impuesta por el norte sobre el sur de nuestra América, con su manera de susurrar que el único camino a la vida mejor es la renuncia a la dignidad.

This is quite an interesting comment on the United States, values here, what it means to be a person here.

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Some essays on assessment and its relation to governance that I would like to send my colleagues

…but I would appear to be preaching.

Chris Newfield

“In contrast to professional authority, which is grounded in expertise and expert communities, managerial authority flows from its ties to owners and is formally independent of expertise. . . The absence of contact with and substantive knowledge of core activities, in managerial culture, function as an operational strength.”

Dave Mazella

Paul Corrigan

And this whole site Teaching and Learning in Higher Ed is a true resource.

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Sidebar for windowshades

We should seriously consider these. There are no installation problems and the temporary ones I bought are more elegant than most things you can get.

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Christopher Newfield

In contrast to professional authority, which is grounded in expertise and expert communities, managerial authority flows from its ties to owners and is formally independent of expertise. Management obviously needs to be competent, but competence seems no longer to require either substantive expertise with the firm’s products or meaningful contact with employees. The absence of contact with and substantive knowledge of core activities, in managerial culture, function as an operational strength. In universities, faculty administrators lose effectiveness when they are seen as too close to the faculty to make tough decisions.

Read the entire text — it is important.

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La santé — a fragmentary post

Haste makes waste, and giving things the time they deserve means love.

My utter fear of the administration and of the lower division students. It has been disabling enough that I really should have left.

The alt-ac people. I always assumed my plan B would be another kind of research job. Most peoples’ plan B is teaching.

How there is no clear answer on whether or not I am interested in this. Of course I am — I am just not interested in this exclusively, and I have been traumatized in this to the point of being disabled for it for a long time. People would not believe me on this but it was true.

The joy of Occupying my study. Making my workshop mine.

Doing candomblé rituals and getting more Buddhist, as well.

The importance of fighting on one’s own side. Most of my life, I think I have been on the opposite one.

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