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RE: [xmca] What gets noticed at AERA

This morning Monica and I attended a session for SIG officers. It included
an important discussion on the new way roundtables are being done. As you
probably know, being a small SIG we have few "session" slots available to
us. There are more opportunities for roundtables and these are now done with
a chair and multiple papers... much like a symposium, but without all the
podiums and powerpoints. It seems - at least to me - that a roundtable is
most appropriate for works in progress and/ or work where in depth
presentation and discussion is preferred. The symposia offer much less time
for participants and seem to be more about disseminating rather than
discussing. Consider the idea of a roundtable when proposing for next year.
Of course posters are also an option. 

It might be interesting to include some topics for next year, as well. A
call, so to speak. 


Emily Duvall, PhD
Assistant Professor, Curriculum & Instruction
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience
Director, Northwest Inland Writing Project
University of Idaho
1031 North Academic Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814


-----Original Message-----
From: xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu [mailto:xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu] On
Behalf Of Peter Smagorinsky
Sent: Saturday, April 14, 2012 7:39 PM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: RE: [xmca] What gets noticed at AERA

Hi, I'm at AERA but neither blogging nor tweeting nor recording.

But, I'm incoming chair of the C-H SIG so let's start thinking of what we
can do next year at the San Francisco conference to make the SIG programs
more accessible to those who can't attend. All suggestions welcome; and more
importantly, all volunteers welcome.

-----Original Message-----
From: xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu [mailto:xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu] On
Behalf Of Martin Packer
Sent: Saturday, April 14, 2012 1:31 PM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: Re: [xmca] What gets noticed at AERA

Can't we get some live blogging of AERA, as it unfolds?


On Apr 14, 2012, at 1:31 PM, Helena Worthen wrote:

> Hello --
> It sounds as if AERA is happening right now; if so, could someone keep an
ear open and see if anyone has noticed what's going on in Michigan -- some
language that's being attached to the higher ed appropriations bill that
attempts to prevent universities from placing students in any
non-profit/civic, religious, etc organization that engages in "protest,
demonstration or organization against a Michigan business."  This was sent
to me by a colleague. 
> I'm curious to see if this item came up in any discussions.
> Helena
>> Dear Colleague,
>> We write to seek your support in averting an imminent threat against the
academic freedom of Michigan's public universities.
>> When the Michigan legislature returns from recess next week, it will be
voting on appropriations for state colleges and universities. Recently, the
following language was added to the higher education appropriations bill:
>> Sec. 273a. It is the intent of the legislature that a public university
that receives funds in section 236 shall not collaborate in any manner with
a nonprofit worker center whose documented activities include coercion
through protest, demonstration, or organization against a Michigan business.
>> As described in a recent front-page story in the Lansing State Journal,
this disturbing language seems to have been the result of a field placement
by a University of Michigan social work student with the Restaurant
Opportunities Center of Michigan (ROC-Michigan). ROC is a non-profit
organization dedicated to improving working conditions and opportunities for
advancement in the restaurant industry. Among many other projects furthering
fair and effective economic development in Michigan, ROC has articulated
demands for fair treatment of workers in Michigan restaurants. It has been
suggested that the Michigan Restaurant Association suggested the language
above as a retaliatory move against ROC, its interns and their faculty
>> This language is so broad that it could potentially prevent public
universities from forming partnerships or placing students with virtually
any civic, religious, or other non-profit organization that engages in
public outreach. It represents direct interference by the legislature in the
university curriculum, and thereby curtails the academic freedom of the
universities, their faculty members, and students. It is essential that the
fundamental academic freedom and citizen engagement that are at the heart of
our universities' mission not be held hostage to their budgetary needs.
>> We are collecting individual and organizational endorsements to include
on the letter which has been cut and pasted as well as attached to this
document, to Michigan legislators in the appropriations and conference
committees.   The legislature is moving quickly, and it is critical that you
respond as soon as possible.
>> Please respond to the Intercollegiate Community Engagement Working Group
at intercollegiatecommunity@gmail.com to indicate your willingness to sign
on to this letter as an individual or as an organization, and please include
your title and organizational position for identification purposes only. If
you have any questions, please contact Ian Robinson
(e.ian.robinson@gmail.com) or Michelle Kaminski (michellekaminsk@gmail.com)
two members of the committee who are academic professionals.
> Helena Worthen
> helena.worthen@berkeley.edu
> 21 San Mateo Road
> Berkeley, CA 94707
> Visiting Scholar, UCB Center for Labor Research and Education
> 510-828-2745
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