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Painting Dialog and the Imaginary.
by Velma

Still Life with Painting in Red Room

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Painting Makes Me Happy:

jeanne's version of the Red Room
The Exhibit Reminded Me of That

Of course we need to listen to the Other in good faith. But we also need to kick back occasionally and smell the roses all around us. I get to say "I gotta go," even if I can't write that in English 150. We get to relax and play and luxuriate in the culture which is ours and with friends that share that crazy mixed-up culture, whatever it is. Velma burned a CD with scenes from her Red Room. She brought them to the Gallery Show, and we all fell in love with them. When Michael flashed Still Life with Painting in Red Room, I cried out in delight "Oh, how did she get that vase to levitate; I want to do that."

Sure, everyone else realized the slide had been turned on its side. But I saw what I wanted to see. I like Velma's painting. We frequently get into a game of deciding which way should be up, because with her abstracts there's no right way. I was tired. It was near the end of a long day in the gallery, and when I saw a vase levitating, I wanted the vase to be levitating. Creativity is a little bit about letting yourself see what you want to see.

And I think that's another advantage to visual sociology. We cannot live our lives at one highly intense level without burning out. Play, imagination, and a social group that accepts us in that play state is one approach to balancing the stress of linear, scripted life. Our painting let's us see the world askew, vases levitating, cats not falling off of strangely tilted chairs. (See play with Matisse's Red Studio.Matisse's Red Studio had red walls. Velma's Red Room has mustard walls, with red furniture and accessories.) I do see the world that way. The camera can go a long way toward catching the same expanded (distorted) relationships, but most photographers still offer us realism. Stretching beyond the two dimensions of a canvas or the three dimensions of a sculpture takes us on time or space travel. Visual sociology guides us in understanding where we each choose to go and what we choose to see as we describe our world and what goes on in it. That's a rich source of data for understanding us.

Now, I'm gonna go try to levitate a vase in a red room. jeanne

Debriefing the Naked Space Exhibit

jeanne's Conflicting images of woman
Poster from the Gallery Exhibit

jeanne's first diary entry on debriefing Freeing the Feminine Other.

NEWS and Announcements:

  • Military Abuse in Iraq and New Hypertext Poem for Summer

    The tragedy of torture and humiliation in Iraq can be ignored only if we are willing to be complicit. I do not yet know in what ways our rejection and shame can be most effectively translated into social change, but I do know that answerability suggests that complicity can be assuaged by awareness and discussion. To that end I have begun this morning a new hypertext poem for our collaborative exchange on how theorists such as Habermas, Pia Lara, Bakhtin can help quide us through times such as these, when we threaten along with the rights of the Other, the very rights on which our nation is founded.

    The Table of Contents for What Have We Done to Her? to US? contains one summary and discussion of Charles Derber's The Wilding of America. and several articles I've backed up for summary and discussion.

    The impetus for this new poem came on the front page of the New York Times this morning. From a Picture of Pride to a Symbol of Abuse in Iraq By James Dao. Published: May 7, 2004. Backup.

    Over the next few weeks I'll finish Freeing the Feminine Other by including those gallery pieces that weren't up on the Internet and completeing the atrributions I didn't have before the Gallery Exhibit.

    Over the summer, contributions may be sent for What Have We Done to Her? to US?

  • Conference Options Under Consideration

    Thursday through Saturday, September 23-25, 2004, Hampton Inn, Downtown/French Quarter Area, New Orleans. Conference on intersection of race, class, and gender, covering both practice and research, and including community activists. jeanne is considering a submission. Those interested should contact her soon. Deadline for application is June 30, 2004.

    2004 Race, Gender & Class Annual Conference Southern University at New Orleans, hosting.

Grades for Spring 2004 Classes

These are notes from the exhibit. I'll go for the sign up sheets later, but not everyone got to sign in because I lost the book on Thursday. We found it again. This doesn't include any of my notes from my record book. Just notes so far. Be sure to check the list as I continue to put it up this week end and tomorrow. If I'm missing something by Monday, e-mail me, with a cc to Pat at I'm planning to send the grades in from here. jeanne

Notes for Fall 2004 Classes

  • Sociology of Agencies: Soc. 328
    • A changing view of agencies and their role in the framing of local and national political and social issues.
    • Will include aspects of sociology of work: aspects of work.

  • Sociology of Law: Soc. 367
    • A changing view of the role of law and social policy.
    • Making Votes Count In this presidential election year, the Times's editorial page is examining the flaws in the mechanics of our democracy, including the reliability of electronic voting machines, obstacles to voter registration and turnout, and the lack of competitive congressional elections due to partisan drawing of district lines. The project is being led by editorial writer Adam Cohen, who will be traveling throughout the country to research these issues." This will be part of our approach to law as the foundation of democracy world-wide. You might consider reading and following this series over the summer.
    • Women Disappoint, Too This brief look at feminist theory suggests the myriad reasons why the law is not a good route to social change. The individual may be responsible for his/her actions, but so also is the societal structure in which those actions take place, agency and structure interacting.

  • Moot Court: The Skills of Governance Discourse: Soc. 370
    • The aural and visual presentation of substantive political and social issues. Will culminate in Fall 2004 Naked Space Exhibit.
    • In keeping with the tragedy of abuse/torture in Iraq in 2004, we will take as one of our focal issues a governance discourse on the role of the individual and the community in abuse/torture and the legal and social approaches to basic human rights.
    • The Reality of Democracy Comparing the way democracy squabbles go in our own neighborhoods, in state legislatures, and in Iraq.

  • Women and Poverty: Feminist Theoretical Contributions: Soc.395
    • Understanding the interdependence of feminist thought with general social theory in understanding women and poverty.
    • Women Disappoint, Too A feminist interpretation of the problems of assuming that women are always more moral, more caring than men. Also goes into the subject of alternative routes out of poverty for working class, immigrant, and poor women. Based on the Abu Grahib torture scandal in Iraq.

A Range of Sources on Global Events

Left/Right Perspectives - Cursor - New York Times
Arts and Letters Daily - The Economist - The Guardian
Wall Street Journal -The Weekly Standard - The Nation
Los Angeles Times - Chicago Tribune - The Washington Post
Cursor's Al Jazeera Archive - Ha'aretz - Palestine Monitor

Indymedia - Mother Jones - BBC News - New Profile
Progressive Sociologists Network

Evaluating Internet Resources

Evaluating Hoax Email with samples, including an old one about charging for email that's going around again. Link updated March 29, 2004.

Evaluating Internet Resources Library Site at University of North Carolina. Don't forget to question. This is a good detailed source. Link checked March 29, 2004.

Using Academic Language and Visuals Effectively:

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Search:

Internet Mission Photography Archive

Dictionary of Critical Sociology
Maintained by Robert E. Mazur, Associate Professor, Iowa State University, Sociology.

Words of Art: Front Page
Wonderful Fine Arts dictionary at Okanagan University College in Canada.
Will cover many of the terms social theory shares with literary theory.

APA Style Style sheet for Psychology. Good reference for proper rules of citation. Twenty-five Easy Steps Toward a Correctly-Formatted Paper or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love MLA by Keith O'Neill. Style sheet for humanities.

Today's Word: From the Word.A.Day Site

and Careers

  • Letters of Recommendation How to get me to respond to your request. Many of you need letters. If you will follow this format, I can do them quickly and make them good.

  • Added April 24, 2004: Zerrona Fitts was gracious enough to request her letter as I asked. I'll get it out today. Most of you are not responding to my request to do your part in using your own voice to prompt mine. Please remember that you're also asking for these smack in the middle of intense preparations for the Spring Naked Space Exhibit. Oh, and yes, by the way, I've retired, and I''m not technically on campus this spring. So be nice and do your part. jeanne

  • Dog Letters If you do not give me adequate information, but do manage to get my attention, you may end up with a dog letter. That is a letter that says that you work well with people, that you are enthusiastic, that you persist at getting things done, and that everyone likes you. Of course, my dog gets along well with people, brings his ball to them, is enthusiastic, and persists at getting them to take his ball. Everyone likes my dog. That's a dog letter. It's so general it could be about my dog. jeanne

  • College Journal Resume Suggestions . . . Backup


  • Devices of Wonder Getty Museum. Click on the button that says to click on it to begin. Then click on the Indonesian Puppet, the second icon on the right hand side of the stage frame.
"New Technology -- Imagine you've never seen a movie before. What would it be like seeing one for the first time? What would surprise you? How would you react? Movies seem to be an intrinsic part of our world today, but only a century ago, they were a fascinating novelty. Have students think about how special effects from movies made just a few years ago seem old-fashioned and unrealistic now. Why is this so?

"Social History -- Why do you think people like to go to the movies? Why do you think movie stars are so popular in our culture? Movies allow us to see and imagine other worlds and give people across the country and the world similar stories to share. Have students think about the ways that movies can offer an escape from our own lives and also make the world seem smaller."
From Issues to Discuss from the Getty Website on Devices of Wonder.

Then read the history of the Indonesian Puppets:

Guide to Artifacts: Indonesian Puppets Art-Pacific Photographs, text and maps copyright Carolyn Leigh, 1996-2003. All rights reserved. Last modified: Thursday, June 26, 2003. The files are backed up below for continuity in teaching should we ever lose the site.

Who to TakeWho To Take:

Don't forget to add your comments for next year's students. jeanne

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