J’ai grandi dans une famille juive. J’ai passé mes trois dernières années de lycée dans une banlieue de Chicago à majorité juive. Il n’y avait pas moyen, donc, d’ignorer le Shoah. On en parlait. À la télé, on passait un téléfilm avec le Capitaine Spock en vedette et qui s’appelait “Never Forget.” Et, […]more→
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In Stephen Jay Gould’s (1992) enlightening collection of popular science essays, Bully for Brontosaurus, he traces the evolution of a simile through school science textbooks from the 19th century on. He wonders how it happened that the “dawn horse,” eohippus, became linked in size to the fox terrier, despite such a reference being […]more→
My husband and I traveled to Montréal in July, an island city in the majority-francophone Province of Québec, Canada. The linguistic experience of the trip, as my husband quickly pointed out, could be summed up in the two words of this post’s title: “Bonjour/Hello,” the ubiquitous greeting we heard everywhere. The beauty of the greeting […]more→
An interesting aspect of social network sites like Facebook and MySpace is their appropriation of the word “friend.” I sometimes get email messages from people I hardly know (and sometimes people I don’t know at all) inviting me to friend them (now it seems there is no more need to use the verb “befriend“).
I don’t consider myself a very eloquent speaker. When it comes to thinking on the spot, I often find myself stumbling over words, struggling to find the right way to express the jumble of thoughts in my head. Considering my struggle to communicate, it’s ironic that I am so eager to take a […]more→
Oh, the possibilities of writing a blog entry on absolutely anything at all in any language I so desire. Ordinarily, I detest such open-ended assignments. I like concrete prompts, assignments with bulleted instructions. Yet, the solution to this assignment came to the forefront of my mind quicker than I imagined possible. To take French 4 […]more→
Back in Paris again, I had the opportunity recently to meet with French teachers and researchers of English, German and French as a foreign language. They couldn’t wait to leave on vacation and were venting their frustrations that the “bac” or high school graduating examination lets 80-85% of students through these days and thus lowers […]more→
There are translations into 13 languages so far: Arabic, Chinese, Dari, French, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Malay, Pashto, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, Urdu and Portuguese. And at the […]more→
So instead of writing a post inspired by a rereading of Bourdieu’s concept of habitus, I thought I would have a little more fun with my iMovie, and “vlog” instead of blogging. Here’s a short reflection on habitus through the scripts I have inhabited….and which have inhabited me.
Music: Jacques Dutronc, “Les cactus”
Habitus from […]more→
In reading On Phenomenology and Social Relations, I was struck by some glorious lines Alfred Schutz (1970) penned on language. You find these lines in the chapter entitled Social Means of Orientation and Interpretation, which begins by situating language in the context of culture:
“In order to command a language freely as a scheme […]more→
I’ve just come down to San Diego for my first-ever AERA (American Educational Research Association) conference, and there’s much to write about. Actually, with probably around 10,000 people spread across 4 giant convention centers and hotels, there’s way too much going on to capture anything more than a tiny fragment. But one thing […]more→
The video “The Child,” by French disc jockey Alex Gopher, created by Antoine Bardou-Jacquet (H5), is one of the most incredible videos I have ever seen. The world is visualized in words…skylines, taxis, people, elevators, roads, buildings…everything.
I have often thought about how texts mediate my world…and this video realizes that […]more→
Over the last months, I have been following a friend’s trials and tribulations in love, a narrative mediated through the terse dozen or so words of Facebook status updates (a popular micro-blogging feature on the site). I reproduce below the exact updates, with the date stamps.
Enyd: finally found someone who makes […]more→
I just came away from the most prolonged and intense filmic experience of my life at the Pacific Film Archive.
As a part of the African Film Festival, they first screened a short, Coffee Colored Children (Ngozi Onwurah, U.K., 1988). The film traces two siblings who navigate lives as mixed children of a […]more→
Thus, the anecdote goes, began-and ended-the (über)short story by Ernest Hemingway, the fascinating result of a $10 bet. This was the principal motivation behind Smith Magazine‘s call for memoirs in six words; eventually, the best entries were published in the bestseller, “Not Quite What I Was Planning.” In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, […]more→