“Oh be still my beating heart… I just fell in love again. Was that a shawl Eva was wearing, or a superwoman cape?”
What prompts academics to declare a scholar a superhero? The praise above is from a comment on a blog that linked to Eva von Dassow’s presentation before a recent public forum of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. Von Dassow, a professor of classical and Near Eastern studies, had only three minutes (and she was reminded with a gavel when she needed to wrap up). But the video of her talk is inspiring many of her colleagues at Minnesota and elsewhere, many of them fed up with what they view as unrelenting budget cuts, particularly of humanities disciplines. The video is already being suggested for viewing before other universities consider new rounds of cuts.
– Lower in rank, subordinate or second class
– A term that commonly refers to persons who are socially, politically and geographically outside of the hegemonic power structure.
openDemocracy?s Discourses exhibition and discussion series is currently taking artistic submissions for our next event, Subaltern voices, opening on October 7th, 2010. The event will feature 3 visual artists whose contribution will explore artistic re-presentations of ?the subaltern? as well as a panel discussion on the opening night exploring who the subaltern is and who has the agency to represent them.
The folk over at Open Culture have just posted about a new ?world music archive? that has just been created by the BBC. As noted in their article, the archive includes over 100 hours of recordings from 40 countries, and even includes some lesser-known traditions from North Korea.
William Faulkner was the writer-in-residence at the University of Virginia for two years in the last 1950s. Faulkner gave lectures and readings and answered questions from students. NPR reports that these lectures and question-and-answer sessions were recorded on reel-to-reel tapes. The tapes have now been digitized and published online at faulkner.lib.virginia.edu. The Faulkner audio archive also includes essays, news articles, photographs and other materials.
Dan Perkel is a PhD Candidate at the School of Information, University of California, Berkeley. His research examines new literacies and cultural practices that have accompanied the development of new social and technical infrastructure for the creation, distribution, and use of digital media.
As reported in the NY Times, there seems to be a “slight” error in the standardized testing measures in which it first appeared that 86% of students were at “grade level” in math, when in fact only 61% were. In the article, Merryl H. Tisch, the chancellor of the state?s Education Department, is quoted as saying ?Now that we are facing the hard truth that not all of the gains were as advertised, we have to take a look at what we can do differently. These results will finally provide real unimpeachable evidence about to be used for accountability.?
from The Global Language Monitor