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Mahatma Gandhi, (attributed)
Indian ascetic & nationalist leader (1869 - 1948)
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Man and Superman (1903) "Maxims for Revolutionists"
You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), "Back to Methuselah" (1921), part 1, act 1
When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist.
When they locked up the incurably sick, I remained silent; I was not incurably sick.
When they came for the Jehovah's Witnesses, I did not speak out; I was not a Jehovah's Witnesses.
When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I wasn't a Jew.
When they came for the people in occupied countries, I remained silent; I wasn't a person in an occupied country.
When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out.
Version based on Rev. Pastor Martin Niemöller's (1892–1984) 1946 speeches. see Prof. Harold Marcuse's Niemöller Quotation Page for an explanation.
In the search for character and commitment, we must rid ourselves of our inherited, even cherished biases and prejudices. Character, ability and intelligence are not concentrated in one sex over the other, nor in persons with certain accents or in certain races or in persons holding degrees from some universities over others. When we indulge ourselves in such irrational prejudices, we damage ourselves most of all and ultimately assure ourselves of failure in competition with those more open and less biased.
J. Irwin Miller, Chairman of the Board (1951-1977), Cummins Inc. From 1983 letter about diversity at the company.
Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught.
J. C. Watts
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May 22, 2008
Spoken Word Course Deadline Extended (fin aid available)
I received a flier, in today's email, from Kimberly Dark. Kimberly is an academic who has chosen a different way to teach and make sociology accessible to her audience...she performs her works through spoken word. I've spend time with her at the last two ICQI's (2007 & 2008) and I always walk away impressed with her knowledge and her skill.
This summer she is co-teaching a two week course called Spoken Word Performance: Writing and Performing Prose and Poetry as part of California State University's (CSU) Summer Arts program.
If I wasn't under the gun...4.5 feet under as it were...with quals this summer i would love to attend this course. Maybe there will be a place for me in the future. But for now...one of you guys should go...then you can tell me all about it.
Suzanne Bunkers, Distinguished Faculty Scholar
Suzanne Bunkers, is Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Minnesota State Mankato.
I have had the pleasure of trading a few emails with Prof. Bunkers over the last several years. I have always been impressed with her willingness to share her knowledge so freely. I credit her and her books (for a complete list of her book length works) Diaries of Girls and Women: A Midwestern American Sample (editor) and Inscribing the Daily: Critical Essays on Women's Diaries (edited with Cynthia Huff) as the original matches that light my fire to look at adolescents diary blogs.
I am extremely pleased for Suzanne. Congratulations, I can't wait to see what you do next!
Mankato, Minn. – Suzanne Bunkers was recently honored as a newly appointed Distinguished Faculty Scholar.
She will hold the title of Distinguished Faculty Scholar for the duration of their tenure at Minnesota State Mankato. The new award honors faculty members who have distinguished themselves as outstanding scholars, and whose scholarship has earned national or international recognition.
Award recipients must be tenured professors with at least eight years of service at Minnesota State Mankato. They must have accumulated a substantial body of scholarly work, and they must exemplify the highest standards of scholarship. This year’s recipients were selected by the Faculty Research Committee from among nine nominees, and were lauded at a luncheon hosted by President Richard Davenport.
Bunkers, an English faculty member since 1980, has taught English, humanities, honors and women’s studies courses at Minnesota State Mankato. An active scholar, she has received many university grants as well as others from such organizations as the Minnesota Historical Society, the Jerome Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities to research women’s studies, cultural diversity, literature and other topics. She has served as a visiting professor and writer-in-residence and has published numerous book-length works, articles, essays and book chapters.
She received a Ph.D. in American literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s in English literature from Iowa State University, where she completed her undergraduate work.
“My journey as a scholar began 35 years ago when, as a graduate student, I was privileged to work with professors who taught, published and valued scholarship and creative work, and encouraged me to present at conferences and publish,” Bunkers said. “As the first female Ph.D. hired by the English Department in many years, I endeavored to set a positive example as a teaching scholar.”
Minnesota State Mankato is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, which employs nearly 11,000 full- and part-time faculty and comprises 32 state universities and community and technical colleges. The system serves 242,000 students per year in credit-based courses and an additional 140,000 students in non-credit courses.
May 21, 2008
From 2008, the Auto/Biography Study Group will be publishing (through Clio Press) an annual Auto/Biography Yearbook. This will be a high quality hardback of 75K words containing some of the best articles in the area of auto/biography produced the previous year. The Auto/Biography Yearbook will be edited by Andrew Sparkes. All submissions will be peer reviewed. Articles for consideration for the Yearbook should be sent to
Professor Andrew Sparkes
School of Sport Sciences, University of Exeter
Exeter EX1 2LU, UK.
Phishing spam amuses me
The following email arrived today. Can you count the errors that make it clear this is a phishing expidition of some sort...or else the IRS really needs to review their hiring practices. Post your counts in comments....I will wait 48 or so before I post my count and approve all the comments.
FROM: "Internal Revenue Service"
DATE: Wed, 21 May 2008 14:35:21 +0100
SUBJECT: Notice from Department of the Treasury
After the last annual calculations of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Tax refund value is $189.60. Please submit the tax refund request and allow us 6-9 days in order to IWP the data received. If u don't receive your refund within 9 business days from the original IRS mailing date shown, you can start a refund trace online.
If you distribute funds to other organization, your records must show wether they are exempt under section 497 (c) (15). In cases where the recipient org. is not exempt under section 497 (c) (15), you must have evidence the funds will be used for section 497 (c) (15) purposes.
If you distribute fund to individuals, you should keep case histories showing the recipient's name and address; the purpose of the award; the maner of section; and the realtionship of the recipient to any of your officers, directors,
trustees, members, or major contributors.
To access the form for your tax refund, please click here (http://www.aol.com/redir.adp?_url=
This notification has been sent by the Internal Revenue Service, a bureau of the Department of the Treasury.
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May 12, 2008
The cheapest local gas
Gas prices are going up rapidly these days...not a good thing for most anyone in the world. If you are in the US and you want to find the lowest local gas prices check out this suite of sites. For Indiana you can check out http://www.indianagasprices.com/. For any other state in the union, just replace your state's name for "indiana" and you will find information to help you make the best purchase.
Oh and check out www.cheap-gas-now.com/ to find tips to increase your gas mileage...they really work.
May 10, 2008
New personal weblog
I have a new personal weblog...totally under construction...called Homestead-Dream. Come check it out if you have a yearning for the well-connected country life.
May 09, 2008
How do you find out you haven't been paying much attention to your blog of late?
You find that your comment junk box holds 8999 trash comments. Ouch...it has been a long couple of years hasn't it.
May 08, 2008
Do you Twitter?
I'm trying to ease my way back into my old web presence...now that the semester is over. So if you Twitter, check out my updates and let me add to you to my list...oh and I have to actually know who you are before I will add you. LOL Call me shallow that way.
Twitter id - LoisS
Ok for the second time - and this time for real - I can say I am done with classes
Well the amazing has happened ...not just amazing as much as it often felt like the impossible could never happen. I passed Intermediate Statistics with the required minimum of a B-. I have to give the credit to three people - Dr. Peng, who is a gifted teacher; Li-Ting, our TA for helping me see more than a few things I was missing for the trees; and my friend Tim, for his patience in explaining complex ideas and always finding the laughter in it all.
I have great respect for those who can think in statistics, which is why I hangout with several of them. But that said, it's not my gig, so now I can leave it to all of you for whom the statistical way is the best way.