So here’s something that happened to me yesterday at the AERA Annual Meeting: I gave a talk about my dissertation (.pdf) in a roundtable sponsored by the Queer Studies Special Interest Group. I began my presentation with a rationale for my work: I talked about the material and symbolic violence committed against trans bodies and then described how misogyny and transphobia get internalized really early and that in order to counteract this it’s important to help kids think about … Read more
Let’s be real—a super important piece of the AERA Annual Meeting is its social events. Attending business meetings, receptions, and social gatherings offers the following benefits:
- (re)connect with people who do similar work
- (re)connect with people who are affiliated with your current or former institution(s)
- secure free food and/or free drinks
Everybody should go to social events, but I’m talking especially to graduate students here: These events are fantastic ways to … Read more
I’m the Communications Chair of AERA’s Cultural-Historical Research Special Interest Group, and I sort of like distributing advice for navigating this most intimidating of conferences. Today, I’m offering advice on how to navigate one specific aspect of this conference–the question-and-answer section of presentations. Advice is divided into two sections. The first … Read more
On Thursday, April 2, 2015, I attended a talk by Jack Halberstam at the University of Colorado Boulder. I was deeply concerned about the content of Dr. Halberstam’s talk, which I considered to be reflective of transphobic, transmisogynistic, and ableist discourses around identity, language use, and the impact of trauma on learning.
This week the U.S. Supreme Court hears two cases about marriage equality. Today it’s Prop 8; tomorrow it’s DOMA.
In case you were wondering, here’s how I feel about the fight to extend marriage benefits to all couples regardless of sexual orientation:
I think the LGBT rights movement is far too fixated on this issue, at the expense of some other really important issues that need our attention. I think marriage remains an institution of questionable economic and social … Read more
When I was 12 years old, I went with my family to see the Robin Williams movie Dead Poets Society. One of the movie’s main characters is a troubled, sensitive teenager whose actions are controlled by his overbearing father. Here’s the description, pulled from Wikipedia, of one of the key events of the film (warning: contains spoilers):
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You may have heard that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are going to revolutionize and/or destroy higher education as we know it. A MOOC, in case you need a quick primer, is a free online course, generally offered through a university or through one of a small handful of educational technology companies (Coursera, Udacity, and edX are the most prominent these days). The goal of the MOOC model is to open up education–to make it possible for … Read more
This semester I’m teaching a new undergraduate course of my own design, a class I’m calling “learning in out-of-school contexts.” The OFFICIAL course title is General Educational Psychology, and it’s designed as a survey of the big ideas of Educational Psychology, targeting people who are not necessarily planning on becoming teachers. So far it’s been a challenging and interesting course, both to design and to teach–one of the big fat thorny issues of my field is figuring out ways to … Read more
If you live in Bloomington, Indiana, you may have heard about the local man who was arrested for torturing and killing several cats. The story, ripped directly from the Bloomington-Herald Times*, is below.
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Lennox, stolen shelter kitten abused by Bloomington man, found aliveBy Abby Tonsing 331-4245 | firstname.lastname@example.org
December 5, 2012, last update: 12/5 @ 1:53 pm
Lennox, the 3-month-old orange and white kitten, stolen from the animal shelter and later abused by an Indiana University student is
Here’s a Tedx talk by Zoe Weil, the founder of the Institute for Humane Education:
About halfway through her talk, Weil talks about a game she does with students that she calls “True Price.” The idea behind the game is that she shows some item–a fast food hamburger, a bottle of water, a store-bought T-shirt–and discusses all of the costs, both positive and negative, associated with that item. In this talk, she demonstrates with a t-shirt. She explains that the … Read more