31 August is Ken Campbell Day: diddling and doodling, seekers, and radical education

A STICKY POST: 31 August – 31 December 2018

It is time for the annual pilgrimage. So as to make this a slower and longer pilgrimage than last year, to commemorate a 10th anniversary (well, two: the death of an important person and the birth of a marginal blog), this post is a “sticky” one and will stay here for a whole academic term, all the way to its end and the end of the year; and it contains various kinds of “stickiness” played out in three Acts: revisiting 2017, 2018, and Campbellian education in action.

ACT I: REVISITING 2017

IMG_9957Today is the anniversary of the death of Ken Campbell, anarchist polymath genius.

Reader of everything. Writer. Performer. Creator. Stand up comedian, speculative fictioneer, improviser, paranomasiac, marvelling revelling adventurer in existence.

Public outreach educator and life-long learning experimenter in ways beyond the wildest imaginings of Proper Professionals in these fields before they or these fields even existed. The next time you consider using words like “innovation,” “innovative,” “innovator”: have some respect. Think first. Check with reference to Ken. If philology provides a theoretical meaning, it is Ken who provides—incarnates—a reference-point for lived active practice.

As we academics start the new year, welcome new students, and train new graduate-student Teaching Assistants, please consider giving half an hour of your time to Ken; (more…)

“Savoir-vivre” plurilingual intercultural learning portfolios

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WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE: UBC 2018 FREN 101

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Resources: French dictionaries

This post is a mixture of resources for several levels of French, from absolute beginners (CEFR A1) to advanced users (C1+). I’ve focused on free online resources, plus some that are in public libraries: in celebration and encouragement of open access.

Some are available through university libraries such as our own here at UBC; many of these can also be accessed for free through public libraries. If uncertain or stumped, consult a librarian: if anyone can help you, it will be a librarian, because librarians are awesome knowledge superheroes with superpowers. (more…)

Work in progress: remembering there’s a “HAG” in hagiography, inspired by Saint Enimia on her feast-day today

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Bibliothèque nationale de France MS lat. 913,
the Office and Life of St Enimia.
Latin, c. 1300-10.
?Mende (Lozère, in the Gévaudan, Languedoc; a stone’s throw or short dragon-flight across the Causses from Ste-Énimie).

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Of profile pictures, nakedness, editing, and darkness

A very short story.  (more…)

Radical professionalism, a year later

The first of a set of posts on professionalism and radical professionalism appeared on this day a year ago. Here is the whole set again, this Happy Labour Day.

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