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  • Popplestone, Ann
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      FW: 5/24/2002 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

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      From: The Chronicle [mailto:daily@...]
      Sent: Friday, May 24, 2002 5:00 AM
      To: Chronicle Daily Report
      Subject: 5/24/2002 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education

      ACADEME TODAY: The Chronicle of Higher Education's
      Daily Report for subscribers

      Good day!

      Here are news bulletins from The Chronicle of Higher Education
      for Friday, May 24.

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      KILLER INSTINCT: There's a reason males are responsible for most
      violence. It's called evolution, explains David P. Barash, a
      professor of psychology at the University of Washington at
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/weekly/v48/i37/37b00701.htm

      A THOUGHTFUL PRAGMATIST: In his 92 years, the famed sociologist
      David Riesman neither embraced nor sneered at the lonely crowd
      he helped us understand, writes Todd Gitlin, a professor of
      culture, journalism, and sociology at New York University.
         --> SEE http://chronicle.com/weekly/v48/i37/37b00501.htm



      A glance at the winter issue of the "ADFL Bulletin":
      Benefiting from multilingualism

      In the United States, monolingualism is so normal that Americans
      do not see the harm of depicting bilingualism as a problem
      rather than a socially beneficial opportunity, says Doris
      Sommer, writing in the journal of the Association of Departments
      of Foreign Languages. The demand for English-only monolingualism
      exemplifies "inherited tastes and predispositions" that "have
      become obstacles to democratic life," argues Ms. Sommer, a
      professor of romance languages and literature at Harvard

      Proponents of measures to end bilingual education -- and require
      all students to take a sort of linguistic cold-bath cure of
      learning only in English -- exemplify a "nervous and hostile"
      opposition to bilingualism, she suggests. Spanish-speaking
      children, she writes, risk losing a range of "affective,
      respectful, intimate, and generally performative registers of a
      second, home, or subaltern language." Americans over all, she
      adds, lose access to "an international code that could foster
      communication, commerce, and creativity" with citizens of almost
      two dozen Spanish-speaking countries, and suffer "the loss of
      difference itself, one kind of difference that democracy depends

      Referring to the writings of Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Schiller,
      and contemporary philosophers such as Gayatri Spivak and Elaine
      Scarry, Ms. Sommer suggests that a taste for the unfamiliar, for
      surprise, or even for irritation might be acquired through "a
      new sentimental education that will take aesthetic and political
      advantage of multicultural societies." Such an approach could,
      for example, be informed by the often playful multilingual
      experiments that have been prized in modernist literature and
      philosophy. A "cultivated" response to linguistic differences,
      she suggests, "would be to do a double take; it would be to feel
      fear AND enjoy the pleasure of reflecting on that fear."

      The article in not online, but information about the journal is
      at http://www.adfl.org

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