Thursday, July 19, 2007

National Museum of the American Indian

A little over 2 years ago I visited the National Museum of the American Indian, the newest component of the Smithsonian Institution. I was wowed by the architecture and design of the building and even the cafeteria. But somehow the exhibits left me unimpressed and disappointed. Beyond considering the exhibits as fragmented parts of a whole that I couldn’t quite grasp as a coherent theme, I didn’t spend much time thinking about what I disliked about the museum.

But now I’ve come across this excellent article, by Jacki Thompson Rand, "Why I Can't Visit the National Museum of the American Indian: Reflections of an accidental privileged insider, 1989-1994." Thompson Rand is great, she acknowledges and examines some of those simmering feelings that I had when I visited the museum that I didn’t quite know how to put into perspective. Check it out, it’s a very thoughtful look at the museum’s lost opportunities to challenge assumptions, increase awareness, and build political will for real social change.

Statz 4 Life

I have got to get me some "F" bling....or maybe "r" or "t"?

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Friday, July 13, 2007

To All: Take Note

Some graduate school etiquette for all of you, from Phd, Piled High & Deeper, a grad student comic strip.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Gender Equity in Academia

An article in the latest issue of Ms. magazine tackles the problem of gender equity in academia.

No surprise here to anybody who has ever set foot inside an ivory tower. Women are less likely than men to hold tenure track positions or to hold leadership positions in academia. Those who do are less likely to be married and less likely to have children. Unfortunately while suggesting that family friendly policies may help, this article doesn't really tackle the difficult issues of what those policies might look like and how they might be applied.

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