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  • Popplestone, Ann
    ... From: The Chronicle [mailto:daily@chronicle.com] Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2002 5:00 AM To: Chronicle Daily Report Subject: 8/1/2002 Daily Report from The
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      From: The Chronicle [mailto:daily@...]
      Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2002 5:00 AM
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      Subject: 8/1/2002 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 Thursday, August 1.

      * CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS are putting the finishing touches on a
      new master plan for higher education that, if approved, would
      increase the power of the state's community-college board,
      set aside research funds for state priorities, and, for the
      first time, include guidelines for elementary and secondary
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2002/08/2002080101n.htm

      * GOV. GRAY DAVIS has asked leaders of California's public
      university systems to review their policies on free speech
      and hate crimes in the wake of anti-Semitic incidents on some
      campuses. A spokeswoman for Mr. Davis said the governor
      expects written assessments from the universities outlining
      the actions they are taking to make sure that such incidents
      do not recur.
      --> SEE http://chronicle.com/daily/2002/08/2002080102n.htm

      * [snip]


      A glance at the summer issue of "Social Text":
      "Afrofuturism" and challenging nerd identity

      In her introduction to this issue on "Afrofuturism," Alondra
      Nelson, a doctoral candidate in American studies at New York
      University and founder of an e-mail list dedicated to the
      movement, says that it "can be broadly defined as 'African
      American voices' with 'other stories to tell about culture,
      technology, and things to come.'"

      In one of the articles, Ron Eglash, an assistant professor of
      science and technology studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic
      Institute, writes that understanding the roles of gender and
      race within science and technology is vital to challenging the
      nerd identity as a "threatening gatekeeper" to those fields.

      African-American nerd characters in television and film offer a
      means for "dislocating (or at least broadening) these narrow
      normative roles in the ecology of race and technoculture,"
      according to Mr. Eglash. Similarly, Web sites such as
      "GeekGirls" and "NerdGrrrls" have attempted to create "hybrid
      technogender identities." However, both of these means represent
      only a limited resistance to traditional nerd identity, he says,
      because they are merely reversing the very stereotypes they
      attempt to overcome.

      Instead, the author believes that Afrofuturism offers the best
      means for challenging the nerd identity's supposed monopoly on
      science and technology. Afrofuturists, do not "assume that nerd
      identity is only racially aligned by a kind of shallow,
      arbitrary association and is otherwise universally available,"
      observes Mr. Eglash. Instead, they challenge "both the implicit
      whiteness of nerds and the explicit technological absence of
      both realist and romantic black essentialisms."

      The issue is available online at

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