Plodding and Racing, Simultaneously

No, the theme for the new programmatic year won’t be a beloved community, at least, not by conscious design. “Beloved Community” was seen as a potential co-optation of Martin Luther King’s vision. Also problematic for some was the deep emphasis on nonviolent protest and action, which was not the intention of the general idea of environmental and human justice that had been proposed. Several of […]

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Learning “Computer”: A Task for the Age(d)?

My mother, 87, is more proficient that most users her age– undoubtedly because in her son-in-law and granddaughter are software engineers, her son is highly regarded in the computer systems security industry, and her daughter–me– has been involved in internet culture and education for decades. Still, she scolded me the other day that it is more difficult for older people to learn “computer.” Although I […]

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Where Does News Live?

Her nails are always perfect. She uses clear polish so you don’t always notice them. Until she starts tapping the cell phone sitting on the table between you. Then you notice the perfect shape, the perfect cuticles. Today her perfect index finger jabs at the phone. “I think I am the only person who still reads a real newspaper,” she says. “Now it’s all in […]

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When a Project Gets Sidelined

The room buzzed with voices and movement. Students hovered in small groups around workstations, talking, pointing to the computer screens, gesturing. I had given what I thought was a simple assignment: find images that will bring to life a new layer of meaning in the poem you received at the start of class. It was one of the first classes of the semester in a […]

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Blog as Field Notes

This fall, I’m setting out to use my blog more intentionally. I want to use it to aid in creating my path beyond graduate school. I am not the only one who has talked about the impact of doctoral studies on one’s life. What I would like to do is recreate my own learning style. Part of the training of a doctoral program is in the […]

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The Doctor Is In

  On April 18, I defended my dissertation and, by day’s end, was officially declared a “doctor.” I promptly went into shock. When I encountered the image above, I laughed out loud. That’s it! I thought. Having the image may not have cured the shock, but it’s a start. As I find my feet on this post-doctoral terrain, I plan to delve into some of the ideas I […]

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