Center for Science in Society
November 11, 2005
Participants: Vanessa Christman (Office of Intercultural Affairs), Anne Dalke (English, Gender & Sexuality), Ann Eynon (Parent Center), Emily Glick (Mathematics), Marissa Golden (Political Science), Paul Grobstein (Biology), Faye Halpern (HC Writing Program), Peggy Hollyday (Biology), Shayna Israel, Ben Johnston (Language Learning Center), Reggie Jones (Health Center), Alison Jost (Philosophy), Anna Mazzariello (Geology), Eliza Patico (10-months-old), Jennifer Patico (HC Anthropology), Selene Platt (Art, Archeology and Cities/Centers), Megan Rowley (Political Science), Janet Scannell (Computing Services), Maria Scott-Wittenborn (Philosophy), Lindsay Updegrove (English).
Scott Gilbert, Fictions and Fetuses (4/8/05)
Peggy Hollyday, "Gender and Science" (9/30/05)
Alexis Bennett, "Family Issues" (10/21/05)
Rethinking Parenting (ongoing)
From Anne Dalke
Snuggling (1950) and Pushing Off (1980)
Planning Ahead (2004) and Directing Others (2005)
From Ann Dixon, "grandma": I'm wondering whether a lot of the guilt is passed along mother to daughter? So that all of grandma's choices, or lack thereof, in the past are passed down in a legacy to daughter/new mom?
From Eadweard Muybridge's Serial Images of Fast Motion
Iris Marion Young,"Throwing Like a Girl": Twenty Years Later" (1998):
A look at my daughter's growing up and young adulthood shows me that a great deal has changed....[My earlier] essay assumes a rather instrumentalist account of the motility and spatiality of the lived body. Its body as subject is a purposive actor, with specific objectives it moves out into the world to accomplish....privileges plan, intention, and control.....In the world of this essay, women are inhibited, hesitant, constrained, gazed at, and positioned....One could imagine a less limited, more self-conscious project of philosophically describing feminine body comportment, motility and spatiality...might look for specifically feminine forms of movement...an amazing passage from one of Tillie Olsen's short stories, for example, describes a kitchen dance in which a farm woman cans her tomatoes while mindful of the colicky baby she holds between her arm and her hip. The movement is plural and engaged, to and fro, here and yonder, rather than unified and singly directed. What might a phenomenology of action look like which started from the mundane fact that many of us, especially women, often do several things at once?
Kaye Edwards (as reported by Anne Dalke, in Teaching to Learn/Learning to Teach)
...was searching for a term to describe the kind of life she and I were both seeking as mothers who were also teachers. Rejecting "balancing" as too rigid, too binary, and "juggling" as too tricky, too dangerous (who wants to think of her kids as a juggler's toys?), Kaye arrived at "emulsification": the suspension--not the mixing-of small globules of one liquid in a second. (Consider salad dressing, a mixture of oil and vinegar capable, with vigorous shaking, of being briefly combined, but tending always to separate out.)