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Confronting “Culture”: Ideological Becoming and ‘Regimes of Thought’

I plan to wander. There will be an implicit program, but I don’t intend to provide a roadmap to my thoughts. For certain, the (translated) language and ideas of Mikhail Bakhtin will be present, sprinkled in, sometimes explained and sometimes not. The stories and concepts I present will at times be left to drift, episodes
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Running Level Three Night People by Bob Orsillo

Imagined Communities: A Reflection on a Run

Tonight I went for a run on the north campus of my university. My uncle’s text, which I found when I returned to my car afterward, “OK. Be careful out there,” was more appropriate than he knew. This plot of concrete, grass, buildings, and trees has been stringing together sexual assaults, armed robberies, and discarded weapons over
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#Stacktober Lyrics

#Stacktober Lyrics

The Harvest   Father, you owe me my inheritance, all my inheritance I put in my time working the garden planting and harvesting Take the heat of the afternoon Add the peach trees, times by two And I’ll tell you what you get Maybe a tenth, maybe a hundredth of my inheritance   I plan
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Racism as Symptom – Part 3

Near the end of Racism as Symptom Part 2, I asked the question, how will we know when racism no longer exists? I mentioned that the goal I often sense is proportional representation, and I am inclined to expand my reflection on this point. Proportional representation is probably either a down-the-road goal, as in eventually
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Racism as Symptom – Part 2

Racism is real. The church massacre in South Carolina is a sore and tragic example of it. As I continue discussion on the limitations of the concept of race and the resulting racism, I am compelled to restate that I do not mean to trivialize the stories of those who have experienced racism. As a society,
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Racism as Symptom – Part 1

As a concept, race is perhaps second only to gender in crudeness. While the current talk about gender is acquiring nuance by the bucketload (maybe too enthusiastically), the categories are still relatively stable and are still, regardless of what they are considered to be at the moment, used to group and understand giant swaths of
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Adam – original song and reflection on sin

  A rewrite of the familiar story. I’m aware that a technical definition of sin is breaking the law. But Jesus taught that the thought process behind the behavior is even more significant or more effectual than the behavior. What seems most typical is that we decide whether or not we are sinners based on
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“The Courage to Teach” is about YOU more than about teaching – a response

The Courage to Teach is what I have been waiting for. Sure enough, we have read powerful and important texts this semester, each depositing paradigm-destabilizing ideas into my mind. But Palmer is different. He has added very little to my thinking, but he has described what I have not been able to put into words.
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Fall 2014 Reading List – Fire Ideas

The semester is winding down, and I’m in the middle of Parker Palmer’s The Courage to Teach. Palmer has reminded me to think back to the mentors that have called me up, lifted me, and acquainted me with who I could become. At the same time, I feel the need to begin reflecting on a
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Pride and Language Learning

I’m interested in how the human condition affects life-long learning. I believe that the venue of language learning is perfect for analyzing how our own beliefs and weaknesses keep us from being successful. Language seems to be a fundamental aspect of the human experience. As such, it becomes a fundamental aspect of the individual’s identity.
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