Mentoring, redux

Li interviewd me on Friday for the department “oral history project” that Leda is spearheading this semester (mentioned in the comments to “Ghetto Talk”). I’m not sure where it’s going, what the plans for it are, but it was an opportunity for me to reflect on what I perceive in terms of present department dynamics and speculate with Li … Read more...

clarification (if needed?)

It occurred to me that people may think the final video will “document” the group process we went through this past Fall. Nothing is further from the truth! Li and I agreed before we ever even started that the group process was the mechanism to generate “data” or “footage”, but that it would probably be invisible in the final video.… Read more...

closure?

Someone told me yesterday that they were somewhat surprised by the open-ended presentation and discussion at the session we did on Nov 2 because they were expecting some kind of conclusion or answer…really, there is no “answer” per se, but still (hopefully) a new thread of consciousness or awareness that the usual way of doing things can (has, and often … Read more...

A postmodern project?

I received a request for “any initial “findings” or generalizable beliefs or
feelings that could be briefly summarized to those of us who have not been
involved?” Yes – we did have a handout at the Nov 2 “culminatory” event. I will leave a stack in the mailroom on Monday for anyone to pick up. It’s not the complete presentation, … Read more...

Reflection & Action

Yesterday, David and I were debriefing about the mentoring event on Sunday. Long and short of it, he felt that the show and presentation invited action, not reflection. Very interesting! I think he’s right – and I’m not sure that’s what Li and I intended. Let me qualify, from my point-of-view: I do want and hope that folks … Read more...