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Dear Habermas
A Journal of Postmodern and Critical Thought
Devoted to Academic Discourse on Peace and Justice

Volume 10, No. 8, Week of October 15, 2001

jeanne's classes - Susan's classes - Olivier's classes
Volume 10, No. 7, Week of October 8, 2001
Mirror Sites: CSUDH - Habermas - UWP
Site Map - Daily Site Additions - Site Stats - Site Index
Concept Index - Vocabulary Index - Essay Index
Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Sun Rise? Sun Set? by Eiko Yamazaki

Sun Rise? Sun Set?
by Eiko Yamazaki, Soka University Japan

Children's Drawings on Peace
In response to Kara Cain's request for more children's drawings:
Look at Peace, Mike.
Notice that it's not very hard to add a little shadow, a little volume,
through shading. Mark Kistler teaches this on television and online.
Treat yourself and the young people you know to added sophistication in drawing.
Pat, I'll bet your grandchild, Aiden, would love this.


Anthrax Preparedness

In response to Patrina Smith's request for help in locating information:

I went to the Center for Disease Control Site - Diseases. I scrolled down and linked to Anthrax. From there I linked to the second anthrax document, on preparedness, where I found:

  1. Do not shake or empty the contents of any suspicious envelope or package.
  2. PLACE the envelope or package in a plastic bag or some other type of container to prevent leakage of contents.
  3. If you do not have any container, then COVER the envelope or package with anything (e.g., clothing, paper, trash can, etc.) and do not remove this cover.
  4. Then LEAVE the room and CLOSE the door, or section off the area to prevent others from entering (i.e., keep others away).
  5. WASH your hands with soap and water to prevent spreading any powder to your face.
  6. What to do next…
    • If you are at HOME, then report the incident to local police.
    • If you are at WORK, then report the incident to local police, and notify your building security official or an available supervisor.
  7. LIST all people who were in the room or area when this suspicious letter or package was recognized. Give this list to both the local public health authorities and law enforcement officials for follow-up investigations and advice.

Follow my search procedure to get more information.

Drug Recall
Phenylpropanolamine (PPA) Information Page Federal Drug Administration Information
D Bagley sent us the alert. More soon. . .

Guest Speaker for Wednesday evening, October 17, 2001:

Professor Munashe Furusas of Zimbabwe
Seven P.M. in Room SBS A 232, CSUDH
Discussion Topics for the Session
Reading Preparations for the Session

Here is your chance to ask questions of one who knows intimately Zimbabwe. Think of the impressions Father Peter brought us of Zambia, a neighboring country, and begin to build a more intimate knowledge of Africa. You are welcome to send in your questions, and we'll ask Teresa Mason, who knew and invited Professor Furusas, who teaches at CSUDH, to forward them to Professor Furusas.

Rigoberta Menchú
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992
To appear at the October 16 Teach-In
Her presentation is tentatively scheduled for 4:00 pm.

Rigoberta Menchú has become widely known as a leading advocate of Indian rights and ethno-cultural reconciliation, not only in Guatemala but in the Western Hemisphere generally, and her work has earned her several international awards.

Kofi Annan Awarded Nobel Peace Prize 2001

"to the United Nations (U.N.) and to its Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world."

Sir V.S. Naipaul Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature 2001

"for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories"

California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Soka University Japan, Transcend Art and Peace
Latest Update: October 15, 2001

E-Mail Olivier Urbain, Soka University

Table of Contents

Archives - How to Navigate the Site - Announcements
Teaching and Review Essay Index, by Topic - Lecture Notes - Oft-Used Weblinks
Left/Right Perspectives - PSN - Virtual Faculty - Transcend Art and Peace
The Justice Studies Association - TR Young's Site
Who To Take - Syllabi - Art and Poem Gallery - Sociology Sites

CSUDH: Where's jeanne - Who's jeanne? - Where's everyone?
UWP: Susan's classes - Who's Susan?
Merriam-Webster Dictionary Search:
What's New?

For the Week of October 15, 2001

Weekly Readings and Suggested Measures of Learning:

Teaching Essays
In Other Languages
Art and the Imaginary
Collaborative Writing Journal
Conflicts Around the World
Scholastic Resources
Lagniappe! You Gotta Read This!
Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
Resource Pages:
. . . Criminology and Aging and Peacemaking and Theory
. . . and Women and Social Justice and Social Justice Issues and Writings
. . . and The Writer's Bookshelf and Poverty and Sociology of Law
. . . and September 11, 2001 and Distance Learning
Syllabi Instructions on How to Access Syllabi
Calls for Proposals: Conference and Article Plans
Kids' Site
What people are saying about Dear Habermas
Who To Take



Teaching EssaysTeaching Essays

Teaching and Review Essay Index

    New This Week:

    Reactions to Terrorist/Victim Portraits Includes comments from Soka University Japan students and jeanne's commentary on using the art work to expand the imaginary. I would also suggest this file as an example of how we can write together and of the kind of conceptual linking I would like to see us learn to use. jeanne

    More Reactions to Terrorist/Victim Portraits. Includes poster Erika found of Bin Laden/Sikh portrait making the rounds of the Internet.

  • War Rhetoric and Peacemaking A Post to the Peace Education Commission List by Ben Graham. Discussion topics and theoretical approaches included.

  • The Sovereignization of the Modern Corporation by Charles R. Stith. Faculty Member, Boston University. United States Ambassador to Tanzania, 1998-2001. From the Spring 2001 Edition of the Ambassador's Review.

    • Map of Tanzania Locate Rwanda, and Zambia, countries we have already discussed, so you will have a sense of spatial relations.
    • Map of Zimbabwe On this map you can find Victoria Falls, shared by Zambia and Zimbabwe across the Zambezi River. That's where I met the HUGE crocodile, luckily asleep. The crocodile, that is, not me. Aand if you follow the road going northeast in Zambia, you'll see Lusaka, where we watched the eclipse.
    • Map of Zambia Follow the road north of Lusaka up through the Copperbelt almost to the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. There you'll see Ndola, where Father Peter grew up. About two hours drive north of Landless Corners, which is just outside of Lusaka.
    • Map of Africa, 2000

  • Social Capital and Civil Society. By Francis Fukuyama. backup Includes discussion topics.

  • The Clash of Ignorance Edward Said. The link to this article was posted on PSN by CyberBrook. A Teaching Essay will go up on it soon. jeanne

  • Media Transparency: The Money Behind the Media reviews the Clash of Civilizations of Samuel P. Huntington and The Clash of Ignorance response by Edward M. Said.

  • The Significance of the Orient for the Occident by William I. Thomas. The University of Chicago. Link to SocioSite. Discussion Topic: What does this tell us in terms of the way that great thinkers have been grappling with these problems over an entire century? We'll compare this article from 1908 to Edward M. Said's writings today.

  • W.I. Thomas's Response to Reinsch, Tenney, Unger, Asakawa, and Jenks Discussion of W.I. Thomas, "The Significance of the Orient for the Occident" Teaching essay up soon, I hope. jeanne

  • W.I. Thomas' Definition of the Situation from The Unadjusted Girl, 1923.

  • The Idea of the Theory of Knowledge as Social Theory from Knowledge and Human Interests by Jürgen Habermas (1968). Advanced theory for those interested in the sociology of knowledge, which includes Edward's Said's interest in public intellectuals, the concern for who experts are and what their agendas are, and what all this means in the current crisis.

  • Decades of Distortion: The Right's 30-year Assault on Welfare by Lucy A. Williams. December, 1997 Read in conjunction with The Problem of Disinformation. Very good article on welfare reform posted to PSN by Chip Berlet. To what extent and in what ways is welfare an issue in the present crisis of September 11? Teaching essay soon on the dangers of simplification as disinformation in dominant discourse.

  • Bush to bin Laden By Thomas L. Friedman. October 12, 2001. New York Times. backup Lisa Stevens alerted me to the article.

    Notice how argument gives way to rhetoric. Osama bin Laden accuses us of killing thousands in Iraq. We answer that Saddam Hussein uses toxic gas on his own people. Is either an answer to the harms we have all caused? But in the hurling of imprecations and pejoratives at one another we find the distraction to deny our own complicity in moral wrongs. Thomas Friedman is a journalist. He is not writing to graduate seminar in theory. And I do not mean to criticize him on those grounds. But in a graduate seminar in theory we need to become aware of how easy it is to be side-tracked by rhetoric. It is not easy to argue in good faith. We will discuss this further in our session on moral dilemmas and the ethics of social justice.

  • The Critical Theory of Jurgen Habermas Summary outline by Dan MacIsaac, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Northern Arizona University. Good overview, with a comparison to Freire and Marx.

signifiers across cultures: other languages In Other Languages

  • Instituto Paulo Freire Portugese. Link to English in the horizontal menu near th top of the screen

  • Florian Znaniecki Society Polish. Click on the American Flag in left-most frame for English Version.

    Link to Znaniecki's writings in the left-most frame, and scan through them. Note the poetry. Then scroll down about 3/4 of an inch to his English writings:

    • The Polish Peasant in Europe and America With W.I. Thomas.
      In 1913.
    • Cultural Reality In 1919.

  • Friedenspreis German. Habermas receives Peace Prize without mentioning war and Afghanistan.


Susan with Blue BoyKids' Site

Kids' Site Homepage Updated
Kids' Site Index

  • National Constitution Center: KIDS Corner Kids Corner has set up this part of their site "so that you can findinformation and help for your school projects."

  • The Peace Dragon by Stephen Dorr in the Left Wing of Mark Kistler's Kids' Gallery on Mark Kistler's Imagination Station.

  • A Closer Look at Tesselations

  • Birds, Birds, Birds Bird Printouts from Enchanted Learning. They have a Jackass Penguin of South Africa!

  • Jackass Penguins of South Africa

    What people are saying about Dear Habermas