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Notes from our 2/25/14 conversation

on presenting Cosmo Canopy:
Robert Fairbanks’ research in prison
stopped talking in class as a soph: fear of being judged
mtg w/ Dean B and Mary Beth:
conflating discomfort and triggering
(goes against the Honor code: a lie—no, a secret)
mental health: microà macro analysis
(hell week seems so bad: because only space to freak out)
lot of agency/too much victim-blaming/too p.c.
scaring the freshman w/ hazing info/no one went to alternative hell week
when we were talking w/ the deans: that was community
yay! For politics of difference—but problematics of romanticizing the city
challenge to Rawls/ liberalism’s emphasis on justiceà predisposes a bounded self;
unreal, incoherent, better replaced as a product of identity it shares w/ others, understanding, mutually affirming one another (p. 305)
very privileged presumption of what the citizen is…
understanding a universal identity (ie. Vaughn and Kelly)

frustration w/ having to speak in another language
first arose in reaction to Rawls re: “bracketing the self’à
shapes our whole political/public sphere
Richard Rorty, “Religion as conversation Stopper”
essay on mourning: you are mourning part of yourself…
cf. Doris Sommers’ re: possibility of understanding
freshmen going from comos to ethos
EAnderson on “the nigger moment”—

reminded of your race from micro-aggressions
Beyonce’s album: very organic process/
transcribing these videos…
homework: playing w/ coded language/jargon/masking…
write a longer reflection on how all these things
contribute to our indep study for next semester

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notes from our 2/11/14 conversation

form of thesis is not multifaceted/multi-media…
draws on Weber’s ideal types to develop contrast between
cosmos (trusting interracial interactions) and
ethos (wall built up of accumulated effects: closed circle)
Goffman: front stage (how you perform in public) vs. back stage (@ home)
put this in the context of Bryn Mawr:

My ideological beliefs are ethosà had to become cosmos
(due to colorblind rhetoric of liberal institutions)
race acts as master status—that identity dictates assumptions
@ BMC there are two: old-fashioned intellectual and1st wave feminist
which dissipate once you enter the space:
are understood, reinforced,  but not interrogated
story of letter of application re: Huck Finn (back story to this project/)
mantrafestoà Thomas Burkdall, “The Persistence of Writing”
multimedia beginning to dominate our discourse (= Wendy Brown on mourning)
Jonathan Swift: concrete language isn’t enough
reading aloud: contemplation and community/alone and together
in academia: should we preserve writing as the way to prove ourselves?
on students “living w/ the writing of others,” for their benefit…
there is a specific “other” in which students are immersed:
old, dead, white menà learning to be a “master of language”
wanting to challenge the idea of “having to live with the writings of
others for a while for intellectual and political reasons”->
we should not be writing for academia
whose voices are valued?
bell hooks as model for a different kind of talking
the project will be to interview BaCASO, Sisterhood, Mujeres,
as well as black and Latina fac’y:
Jen Vargas, Erica Marquez, Linda Beard, Mary Osirim,
Bob Washington, Kalala, Ray Albert
(Tracy Hucks, Emma Lapsansky?)
BMC more accepting/encouraging of this kind of conversation
get someone else to help w/ the interviewing, who is Latina?
(“they exist in that space and I don’t)
difference because of the off-campus housing
“unbinding the space of BMC”
other possibilities: Patricia Williams, bell hooks…

* postings?
* Wed night Sisterhood’s sponsoring Avis Jones DeWeever,
Incite Unlimited, and radio show, Focus Point, on race/gender/politics/life
*back up and talk about what you imagine doing-->
then: what do you need to know-and-do, to accomplish this?


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