solidarity

On textbooks, midterm blues, and other truths of social justice

Warning: contains elephants in rooms.

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Trobar sen / trying to make sense of November (3): the 11th

A day of remembrance, and thus also of song and of poetry.

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Trobar sen / trying to make sense of November (2): the 9th & 10th

Resistance and remembrance

A feeling of

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REPOSTING: Silence Is Violence at UBC, from 8 January 2016

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Today is a day of memories, commemoration, and remembrance. It is unfortunate that stillness and thought for others was interrupted by thoughts of other others. It is fortunate that humans have minds (and hearts, senses, souls, and spirits; however it is that you think of them/yourself) that are large and complex enough to accommodate more than one memory, to think of more than one person, at any one time. That is not only fortunate but a wonder, and a source of hope.
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Credo (2): Mashup remix: #4wordpedagogy + #UBC100


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#UBClean #TuumEst

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UBC Board of Governors in action.
Exemplary PowerPoint presentation of the century.
Photo: Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa.

Well, it’s been an exciting last few days and a very exciting day today.

Happy Imbolg / Saint Brigid’s Day  [= Sunday evening through yesterday]: yet another New Year, like those of many other cultures this is a day associated with cleaning out the old and bringing in the new.

I won’t go into any of the tedious details and backstory and buildup and so on between Thursday and today, and you can follow along on Twitter for the public version like anyone else. Here are some visual and verbal highlights.

Why something happened:

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For more background on the issues leading to this protest, see this letter from the Faculty Association, which details how the BoG has, among other things, held committee meetings that left no official record, and made decisions about personnel matters without formal assessments or performance reviews. http://www.facultyassociation.ubc.ca/…/UBCFA%20Letter%20to%…

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Radio-Canada interviews: notes (English version)

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(Updated 2016-01-10 & -19)

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#SaveAshgate

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[I’m not writing a proper full blog post myself: I couldn’t do this matter due justice as my word-brain is fried after marking, finally crashing after working since 6 a.m. So I will hand you over to other people who can address it better, more elegantly and eloquently: Eileen A. Joy follows below (I added links, and images from Schuiten & Peeters Les Cités obscures), and other text is from Custodians Online and Rabia Gregory:]

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UPDATE on ‪#‎saveashgate‬ petition-campaign: the Burlington, Vermont office did close on Nov. 25, while plans for the UK office are still up in the air. In addition, it has been announced that the list price of most existing Ashgate titles will increase on Jan. 1, 2016 to $149.95 / £95.00 per title. (more…)

Love-lyric: music and musical life, preservation and continuation, survival

[Edited and revised: now includes, inter alia, some sort of conclusion.]
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Starting point: the Eagles of Death Metal response to the Paris attacks of 13 November.

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Being human, lights, rainbows, & dreams

An essay of sorts. Two exempla (Borges, Iyad El-Baghdadi), comment, a true story, and some poetry. Lots of colourful images: colourful in a good way.

@iyad_elbaghdadi on Twitter:

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