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A Woven Agenda

November 2, 2009Volume 41…Number 23

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“Obama’s election marked a shift—from a politics that celebrated privatized concerns to a politics that recognized the need for effective government and larger public purposes.”Michael Sandel quoted by Thomas L. Friedman,

New York Times, Sunday November 1, 2009, News of Week in Review, p.8l

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Constructing consciousness

Some items for consideration

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The review of a movie about apartheid by Manohla Dargis.

New York Tumes Weekend Arts, October 30, 2009 p.C11

The four movies about women have begun. Amelia takes you on her flights and takes you into her marriage.

Gail Collin’s Books America’s Women and When Everything Changed

“So there you are.American women had shattered the ancient traditions that deprived them of independence and power and right to have adventures of their own, and done it so thoroughly that few women under 30 had any real concept that things had ever been different.……They had not remade the world the way the revolutionaries had hoped.But they had created a world their female ancestors did not even have the opportunity to image. ….

Gail Collins When Everything Changed Little, Brown 2009, p. 393

When the marginalization of women (and oldsters and newcomers and youth and those with disabilities and and persons of color and others) is the focus of our attention,we need to focus on what we know, why we intend to act on it and what where and when we will act accordingly.

How do you estimate the situation in your locale?

Can you trace changes in the situation in your time?

Can you see opportunities for change that you can enact?

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The work with Michael Standel is proceeding apace.It is increasingly clear where he comes out—we each have the task of formulating an ethic of our own devising—the next task is to live by it.Lets explore that, using marginalization as a illustration.

Our usual assumption is that a behavior like racial or gender prejudice is a portion of our personality that can be changed by confrontation and agreement to change.Maybe a realization of background factors, like Confederate mythology and partying as a complement to it, explains it as a root of prejudice enough to warrant a change in behavior.

Maybe, on the other hand, we need to look at what Sandel is saying and examine racial and gender prejudge as a matter of justice.If we changed our intent, might our actions and accompanying emotions change?

The time has come to pull together our emerging work with Standel.He summarizes himself on page 260.After moving beyond utilitarianism and libertarianism, he proposes “The third (approach) says justice involves cultivating virtue and reasoning about the common good.”

As you reflect on your local, how do you feel it does in terms of justice?

As you think back, do you see changes for good and ill?What are they?

Specifically, in terms of justice and gender and race and other marginalization how do you estimate the situation?

How does this affect you own intent?

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Constructing character

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Ventures like the Boy Scouts and the Church have long maintained that their

function is to build character.The Boy Scouts refuse to work with young men who declare that their sexual preference is not standard.The Church can be quite convoluted in its approach to persons who are different in one way or another.

Is this constructing character based upon one’s own consciousness and conscience?Lets go back to an original list of 20 disciplines amendable to border studies as a way of summarizing consciousness.Our task is to set these in juxtaposition with justice in order to clarify our own rationale for action.

journalism, medicine, law, technology, finance

anthropology, psychology, sociology

the arts: visual, auditory, literary; history; biography

geology, biology, ecology

philosophy

cultural life, political life, economic life

We seem to be back to journalism, the social sciences, the arts and history and then our cultural, political and economic life as the arena in which we operate.When you conjure up why you act as you do in matters of gender and race, would you concur with South Pacific—“we learn to hate”?

If that is the case, can we unlearn?

How do you size up the situation where you live and work and play?

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 07:08 PMhttp://athene.csu.edu.au/~keustace/ Ken received an early MA from the Adjacent Schools and subsequently a PhD.
His thesis is an ethnographic study of the Adjacent Schools and related enterprises, including the Border Studies Associates. Ken teaches as Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, Australia.
Saturday, May 31, 2008, 09:39 AMhttp://bathory.org/Dennis is a composer.
Saturday, May 31, 2008, 09:42 AMhttp://whiteneck.net/Ted is a therapist and educator.
Saturday, May 31, 2008, 09:54 AMhttp://bancroft.berkeley.edu/ROHO/collections/subjectarea/artslit/music_dance.htmlCaroline has created an image of the arts in Northern California in the late 20th Century.