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Re: [xmca] A Modest Proposal for Intergenerational Assistance

We were hiding the archive of newsletters? Wow, I really did not know that.
Thanks for pointing out the problem, Peter. A LOT of firsts there-- first
Rogoff on x-cultural work, first Lave on tailors math. We could have an
easter egg hunt for "firsts."
-- and not even get egg all over our faces!

On Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 12:17 PM, Peter Smagorinsky <smago@uga.edu> wrote:

> A great idea. I'm hoping that the new xmca webpage can include some links
> to LCHC documents, in particular the LCHC Newsletter archive, which I had to
> hunt around for today. http://lchc.ucsd.edu/Histarch/newsletters.html
> -----Original Message-----
> From: xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu [mailto:xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu] On
> Behalf Of mike cole
> Sent: Monday, April 18, 2011 11:35 AM
> To: eXtended Mind, Culture,Activity
> Subject: [xmca] A Modest Proposal for Intergenerational Assistance
> 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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