Hi Robert and Andy,
Taking a biographical perspective on a smaller scale, it's interesting
that an Australian Vygotskian/Hegellian/dialectic scholar would find so
interesting the civil rights work of a courageous Black woman, that a white
professor who gets impetus for writing while in movement (as he explains in
his letter to Vera) would have a thorough knowledge of her work, and that a
Black scholar (Lisa Delpit), should be associated with the "dark side" in
literacy for minorities. How pun-ishingly ironic, maybe at the heart of the
dialectic? Does it make sense to see such "entanglements" as consonant with
a fractal model of history and culture, fractal formations at any scale
being "self similar" and complex. Surely dialect thinking and fractal
thinking are blendable, just as science and art are blendable. I am
thinking about Fauconnier and Turner (on blending), Cantor (on fractals)
and articles by Andy on metaphor and narrative, romantic science and the
interaction of conceptual and pre-conceptual thinking. One more personal
anecdote ties in. Two weekends ago my wife and I had lunch with Vera and
Ruben in Santa Fe. She talked about the creative "leap". In her 1985
Notebooks of the Mind, Vera talks about "the joining of rapid bursts of
thought with a regime of disciplined work". And finally, Anna Stetsenko in
the the letters to Vera (Constructing a Community of Thought), argues that
"Creativity…is an ineluctable feature of all and every person in their even
utmost mundane activities and pursuits of everyday life." Vera and Vygotsky
bring us creativity at all scales. Typically, "going to scale" means
growth. Cancer is a growth. Destructive. Creativity is generative,
nurturing. In all of this I find hope, which was got me into the xmca
dialog in the first place.
On Aug 29, 2014, at 7:43 AM, Robert Lake <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I am so glad you are intrigued by Septima's role in the formation of
She was often overlooked in the chauvinist culture of the times (both
and black) and that is why began researching her life. Most people see
recognize Rosa Parks and Ella Baker's role and later those who were
credited for the "Freedom School curriculum
". If you look at Clark's life and the manner and content of what she
taught on John's Island and other parts of South Carolina,
you can easily recognize that her work was seminal in the formation of
Freedom School Curriculum.
I have tried to get permission to reprint Septima's autobiography from
family, but I have been unsuccessful. The book by Cynthia Brown *Ready
from Within *has a lot of primary source interviews. Catherine Mellon
Charon's book, *Septima Clark: Freedom's Teacher *is richly detailed
many interviews of her friends and documents from primary sources from
University of Wisconsin Highlander collection.
Here is a link to a recorded interview with Septima that may be useful to
you. I enjoyed hearing her voice at least.
On Aug 29, 2014 5:05 AM, "Andy Blunden" <email@example.com> wrote:
So you are placing Septima Clark right up there in importance, Robert.
I am part way through a "chronicle" of Highlander, called "Highlander.
Ordinary school, 1932-1962". It is very useful for me, so I can get
everything in sequence. So here I discovered that Septima Clark was in
charge of the discussions with the students who later joined SNCC. So
is coming into focus for me. I have just ordered two books on her,
including the one you recommended. Unfortuantely, an autobiography she
wrote in 1962 seems to be out of print and entirely unavailable now.
Robert Lake wrote:
Yes I do. Start with this .
And this biography of Myles Horton
and the biography of Septima Clark.
I have written a piece on her as well and will send it this afternoon.
I think the book We Make the Road by Walking: A dialogue between Myles
Horton and Paulo Freire
is one of the best books on both these leaders.
I will send more this afternoon.
On Sun, Aug 24, 2014 at 9:31 AM, Andy Blunden <firstname.lastname@example.org
Does anyone on this list know about the Highlander Center, what
used to be called the Highlander Folk School?
The people there are very helpful, but they're also rushed off
their feet (like everyone, I guess) and if there were any other
sources of information about it, that would be helpful. I'm
particularly interested if anyone is familiar with what they were
doing in the 1950s and 60s.
*Robert Lake Ed.D.
Social Foundations of Education
Dept. of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading
Georgia Southern University
Secretary/Treasurer-AERA- Paulo Freire Special Interest Group
P. O. Box 8144
Phone: (912) 478-0355
Fax: (912) 478-5382
Statesboro, GA 30460