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Re: [xmca] A Modest Proposal for Intergenerational Assistance

a needed and welcome activity!

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Lois Holzman, Ph.D.
Director, East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy
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New York NY 10010
Chair, Global Outreach for UX (www.allstars.org/ux)
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On Apr 18, 2011, at 11:34 AM, mike cole wrote:

> Dear XMCA participants.
> I have consulted with several senior colleagues who are game for the
> following:
> (In what follows I am speaking as a member of the ill-defined “older
> generation” at XMCA)
> I have been thinking over the problem of what help the more senior members
> of XMCA, those with secure jobs, can provide for our students and junior
> colleagues who are caught in this very difficult historical moment. Whatever
> general advice that we might give, the fact is that we could not deal any
> better with current circumstances if we were just starting out now.
> The one thing we have a lot of experience doing is helping young scholars
> develop their ideas in writing so that they can get their work published. We
> can also offer practical advice about methods, relevant literature, etc. In
> short, we can do the kind of mentoring that many of us do daily, locally.
> But can’t we also do it xmca-wide?
> I propose that we create a list serve, associated with XMCA, where a group
> of elders (those with secure jobs) and a group of those still struggling
> toward secure work in academia can pair up for purposes of advice on a piece
> of junior writing, starting with thesis proposals. Participants might wish
> to organize sub-networks -- many refinements are possible.
> We do not have all the mechanisms worked out for such an inter-generational,
> academic support system. But we have built a placeholder in the
> to-be-released new LCHC home page for an enabling platform. The roll out of
> the new page is a few weeks away, but that need not stop us from finding out
> who is interested, what generational group they prefer to be identified
> with, and perhaps two lines about areas of interest/"expertise.". We can
> collate that info into a data base and use it to create a handy dandy new
> cultural practice.
> If you are interested, please respond to Tamara Powell,
> tamarajeanpowell@gmail.com.
> She will do the collating and report back about who wants to be involved and
> how. Then we will take the next practical steps for people to link up.
> I am traveling and only have spotty email contact but will stay abreast of
> this endeavor.
> mike
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