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Written By: daveski on April 30, 2012 4 Comments
Sure of inquiry, less sure of knowledge in the age of new media

This past Friday and Saturday in Sutardja Dai Hall (the home of CITRIS, near North Gate), the Berkeley Center for New Media hosted a symposium, “Digital Inquiry: Forms of Knowledge in the Age of New Media”.

True to the plural form in its title, speakers gave many visions of knowledge online […]

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Written By: daveski on April 26, 2012 No Comment
“RobinFest” at UC Berkeley on May 4th

This post from LinguistList has just announced a major celebration of Professor Robin Lakoff‘s work:

In recognition of Robin Tolmach Lakoff’s many contributions to linguistics, a day-long symposium in her honor will be held on the University of California, Berkeley, campus Friday, May 4, 2012. Robin’s former students and colleagues […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 18, 2012 No Comment
The Toongate Controversy

The news of the arrest of Ambikesh Mohapatra, professor of physical chemistry and kinetics at Jadavpur University (West Bengal, India) spread like wildfire across the nation over the last week. People rallied together, on the streets and on social networking sites, to protest what has been popularly called a “fascist” […]

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Written By: daveski on April 17, 2012 No Comment
Engaged scholarship, a bridge between language classrooms and the city?

Last Friday, as several Berkeley folks were busy discussing innovations in language and literacy education at AERA in Vancouver, and others were re-visioning the present and future of multilingual subjects and societies at the Multilingual, 2.0? symposium in Tucscon, I had these topics in mind as I joined dozens of […]

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Written By: daveski on April 6, 2012 No Comment

It’s common practice to publish blog posts after a significant event–to question, re-interpret, and basically put a new spin on what happened and what was said. For today’s BLC lecture by H. Douglas Brown, Faculty Emeritus from San Francisco State University’s M.A.-TESOL program, I thought I would give this blog format […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 5, 2012 4 Comments
A weighty issue: The Hindustan Times edition

Should Kareena Kapoor lose weight?” screamed a headline on my Hindustan Times app. For those of you unfamiliar with Bollywood cinema, Ms. Kareena Kapoor is a top actress, and hails from one of the most famous and powerful film khandaans (families). I’m not a fan of hers: but I had to read the article. […]

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Written By: daveski on April 4, 2012 2 Comments

Thanks to Steven L on Facebook for bringing this to my attention: Matt Meyer at ReignDesign narrates his presentation “Love Hotels and Unicode” from a recent tech “unconference” in Shanghai. After reviewing some of the convergences that led to a single standard for representing many of the world’s scripts and […]

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