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thinking towards the spring semester...

So, after shouting for months that we should talk about the essays in Radical Teacher, I finally found the time, betwixt semesters, to spend a morning reading through them. Sad, heartening, discouraging, inspirational….I want to include some of my reading notes here, and also some thoughts about next steps. And I want to invite y’all to think w/ me about what our “course” of action might be this spring. I’m ready to be more ambitious!

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Bilingual Aesthetics, Bilingual Games

Do y'all remember reading, in our course on "The Rhetorics of Silence," Doris Sommer's analysis of Rigoberta Menchu? And her argument that we should be respectful of others' silences, others' secrets, not presume that we have 'the right to know'? I've just found out that, 10 years ago, she published two books about code-switching. Here's a description of the first:

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poster presentation

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Dear Mark,

here is the toolbox we assembled in class today while you were by the fire @ home.
As you can see, we couldn't make everything fit.
What have we omitted?

Seeking, as always, the certification of the expert,
Percy-ily yours,
Anne and the City Players

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Responding to Sontag (and planning to go on playing in the city...!)

By midnight Wednesday, post a response to Sontag's essay,
by using one of tools from the "toolbox" we made visible on the board.

Also, imagine: you have been registered for an independent study, "Play in the City II."
Your first assignment is Sontag's essay. What excursion-or-activity will you assign yourself,
to put this theory into action? Please bring this plan to class with you.

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Here we are, after our snowy trip in!

(the first picture is the view out my window, as I was waiting for your arrival,
and the second is the same view, after the snow had stopped...)

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if you didn't get a chance

...during our go-round, after dim sum, @ my home this evening, to report on the time you spend on your own, during your final jaunt in the city for the semester, please do so here-and-now--with images, if you have them. thanks!

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Artful justice, amid arresting art

Juvenile-In-Justice, by Richard Ross

Artful justice, amid arresting art (in North Philly)

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Nelson Mandela, writing from his prison cell

“You may find that the cell is an ideal place to learn to know yourself, to search realistically and regularly the processes of your own mind and feelings. In judging our progress as individuals we tend to concentrate on external factors such as one’s social position, influence and popularity, wealth and standard of education …. but internal factors may be even more crucial in assessing one’s development as a human being: honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, purity, generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve your fellow men – qualities within the reach of every soul – are the foundation of one’s spiritual life …. at least, if for nothing else, the cell gives you the opportunity to look daily into your entire conduct to overcome the bad and develop whatever is good in you. Regular meditation, say of about 15 minutes a day before you turn in, can be fruitful in this regard. You may find it difficult at first to pinpoint the negative factors in your life, but the tenth attempt may reap rich rewards. Never forget that a saint is a sinner that keeps on trying.”

Nelson Mandela 1975

Letter to Winnie Mandela from Kroonstad Prison

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Schedule for Teaching One Another What We Are Learning (Dec. 10 and 12)

each group can figure to take up to about 20 minutes....

Tuesday, 12/10
Kelly and Vaughn
Erin, Christina, Rachel and Emma
Elizabeth, Julia, Abby and Sam

Thursday, 12/12:
Esther, Ariana, Faith and Shaina
Caroline, Piper, Marian and Amanda
Erin, Sarah, Maya, Maggie, Lindsey and Kalina

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