The Set-Up

I really did it this time. Son-of-a-bitch! Of course, there was no way to predict what would come out of the mentoring project’s group sessions: who and how many people would

4 thoughts on “The Set-Up”

  1. from emails:
    “…excitement could be created
    by foregrounding the potential for addressing deprartmental issues in a neutral space created and sustained by the Mentorship Project. I would frame Nov 2 not as an intellectual enterprise but as a safe opportunity to turn concerns into dialogue and building a better scientific community.”
    “…the mentorship project is becoming mindful
    of its reflexive nature. It raises questions that change the intellectual scene it inquires into…I think this reflexivity can be made instrumental in getting other people excited about Nov 2. The key to getting others excited is showing them that yeah, free food is great, but so is turning tables and affecting the entire setup in a way that makes this a better place FOR YOU!!!!! If dialogue across the boundaries is brought about, YOU will have the tremendous advantage of placing yourself in the dialogue, and locating yourself in the intellectual
    landscape! And that’s crucial to YOUR academic carrer. Working in your office
    24/7 is great and laudable, but anyone who’s had experience working in the Real World knows that knowing what is going on in your organization, talking in the copier room or by the water fountain is just as important for your
    success in the organization as the work hours you put in. And why would academia be a place outside/above/beyond the real world? If you know where you stand in the intellectual geography of the Communication field, you’ll know who to turn to and who will respond. You won’t be alone.”

  2. Another email:
    “I cannot agree more on the instrumental role which the students – we – can play in this process. Personally, I’ve had experiences challenging, directly or indirectly, some faculty’s academic biases, and I believe all of
    us are doing that one time or another. Such challenge I believe can lead to the maturation of faculty individually, which in turn may lead to their downing of boundary and fusion of horizons. However, this may as well not
    happen as long as academic maturation is taken as individual property or something like that. So my point was to make things, including indifference, contradiction, maturation, if any, (more) public. Community must have some common public (physical, mental, spiritual, and virtual) space, i think. And that’s where some institutional approach can make some difference.”

  3. More email:
    “Wrking a bit backwards, this is where we started:
    I kept thinking about the usefulness of the idea of community or the lack
    thereof. Finally, i still think it is somewhat useful in the sense that it
    offers some “positive” image

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