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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 December 5, 2011 5 Comments
UC Berkeley announces bovine mail delivery to replace failing email system

Following a series of recent service outages impacting CalMail, the UC Berkeley email system, Berkeley’s Information Services and Technology organization (IST) announced Monday that it was implementing a major change in communications technology, effective immediately. Dubbed “CowMail,” the new system will involve rapidly phasing out email and other forms of electronic communication in favor of […]

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Written By: daveski on October 9, 2011 8 Comments
The prezi that wasn’t

For Friday’s presentation at the Berkeley Language Center’s Moving Between Languages colloquium, I was really looking forward to moving beyond the world of Powerpoint or Keynote as a way of having visual support for my talk. But it didn’t look to be easy. Heck, even in that first sentence, I couldn’t write […]

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Written By: daveski on August 5, 2011 3 Comments
#liveunblogging @ Cal Educamp

I’m continuing a short but proud tradition of liveblogging on FIT but really doing it for the first time myself in a more public context, sitting here in Rm. C110 of the Haas School of Business for the full day unconference, Cal Educamp, put on jointly by Berkeley’s Educational […]

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Written By: daveski on April 15, 2011 2 Comments

I’m working on a project right now for the Berkeley Language Center called “Languages at Berkeley”. It’s an effort to put a comprehensive list of the languages that are being taught at UC Berkeley on one page, and to link from that page to introductions to each language. The basic idea is to give visitors […]

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Written By: daveski on April 6, 2010 No Comment

There’s a new blog on campus: The Golden Bears Blog features a dozen student volunteer bloggers organized by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to depict student life at Berkeley and attract new students. It was featured in this article from the UC Berkeley NewsCenter, and we just added […]

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Written By: aaminahm on February 21, 2010 1 Comment

Yesterday I was in Target shopping for a baby shower card with two friends that I’ve know since grade school.  My friend Tasha wondered aloud why there were no cards that represented black babies in the general baby shower gift card section. All of the cards had pictures of little white children, or animal figures. […]

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Written By: daveski on February 4, 2010 No Comment

Have you been learning a language recently? Are you trying not to forget one? Do you have other thoughts or experiences about language, language learning, or language teaching that you’d like to talk about? FIT’s having a get-to-know-you meeting tomorrow (2/5) at 2pm in room 34 Dwinelle.

We’re hoping that there are others out […]

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Written By: daveski on February 4, 2010 No Comment

The 36th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society is going to be happening on the UCB campus this weekend, February 6-7. There are several different session formats planned, and invited speakers include John McCarthy, Peter Daniels, Lyle Campbell, and Richard Sproat. Check it out!

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Written By: daveski on February 2, 2010 No Comment

FIT celebrates the official launch of the student-run Berkeley Review of Education. Congratulations to al the volunteers at the GSE who have made this happen!

From the editors:

We are excited to announce the publication of the inaugural issue of the Berkeley Review of Education. The journal can be accessed free online at more→

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on December 12, 2009 1 Comment

About an hour ago, I woke up groggy in the pre-dawn hours in a satellite town of New Delhi, India. Almost with automatic first-thing-in-the-morning reflexes, I searched for “Berkeley” in Google News, and was horrified to see a story entitled “Protesters attack Berkeley chancellor’s home.” According to the official UC Berkeley news […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 25, 2009 3 Comments
Whose University? Our University!

Along with thousands of UC (University of California) students, staff, and faculty members, I participated in the recent massive system-wide three-day strikes organized to protest the proposed 32% hikes in tuition fees. Apart from a move to cancel classes, the strikes included a particularly inspiring production of Waiting for Lefty, protest […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 18, 2009 4 Comments
At what price “free speech”?

Reading a provocative post entitled The Abortion Amendment by fellow FITizen Prof. Robin Lakoff on the newly started Berkeley Blog, I was reminded of an event that rattled me a few weeks ago on campus. Berkeley Students for Life (BSL) apparently invited the more→

Written By: daveski on October 11, 2009 3 Comments

Last night I had the privilege of joining Usree for a visit to a language-learning event and screening of Najib Joe Hakim’s film that chronicles the successes of children in bilingual programs in San Francisco schools, Speaking in Tongues.

Held at Beverly Cleary Hall across the street from the Unit 3 residence hall, and […]

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Written By: daveski on June 18, 2009 No Comment

Foreign language programs, and language studies in general (including English) stand to be severely cut in the latest round of budget cuts announced by the California state government. For those not on the UCB mailing lists, I’ll reproduce below the entire letter sent out by Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and Exec. Chancellor and Vice Provost […]

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Written By: daveski on May 11, 2009 3 Comments

Now, looking back and looking forward at the end of my third semester in Language and Power, I’m struck by how much the syllabus feels like it tells the story of a journey of survival. But, I have to admit, it’s a funny kind of journey, and one I wouldn’t have ever hoped for, since […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on May 5, 2009 2 Comments
Cal J-School site wins Webby!

Check out the results of the 13th Annual Webby Awards. And the best piece of news: Mission Loc@l (Mission Local/UC Berkeley Journalism School) won the student Webby! CONGRATULATIONS to the good folks at Mission Loc@l! Inspiring stuff!

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Written By: daveski on April 17, 2009 No Comment

In case you haven’t seen it, the German Department has a Poetry Corner on its website, featuring poems by Heiko Michael Hartmann, Zafer Senocak, Heinrich Heine and others. The site reads,

An epiphany, a bolt of spiritual lightning, an astonishing conceit, a fleeting insight, a lasting memory–great poetry is all this and more. A […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 5, 2009 4 Comments

So “Janet Jackson”, a UC Berkeley graduate student, three other graduate students, and I had just wrapped up our presentations at the Expanding Literacy Studies International, Interdisciplinary Conference for Graduate Students at “the” Ohio State University in Columbus. It was a glorious day, bright and sunny, and we were thrilled that we were all […]

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Written By: daveski on March 11, 2009 2 Comments

Word is just in that a minor in Applied Language Studies is going to be a reality as of this fall!! This is a welcome victory in a long-fought battle, spearheaded by Professors Claire Kramsch (German, Education) and Rick Kern (French) in a time of shrinking budgets and ongoing struggles to define why in the […]

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