The Weekly Blab
Volume 5, Issue 19—January 18, 2011
What a Week!
Last week was the shortest workweek (other than vacation time) I’ve ever had in 30 years of teaching, what with four snow days and the Friday being a late opening. Good gravy, has it really been 30 years? Well, it won’t be until August. The weather closings have required us to change some dates. I’ve sent these out in a separate email, but here they are in case you missed them the first time:
Last Week’s Happenings…
There really weren’t any…
Coming Up This Week…
This coming week, we’ll have two events I’d like to remind everyone of. First, at 6:00 PM on Tuesday January 18 in the Student Theatre, we have the International Film Series movie “Rabbit Proof Fence”, presented by yours truly. This is a really great movie about one of the most disturbing policies of the Australian government in the first half of the 20th Century, namely separating “half caste” (mixed race) children from their Aboriginal mothers to train them for a life in society (i.e., as maids and domestics). It follows the true story of three girls, two sisters and a cousin all under 14, who escape and try to reunite with their mother. All they know is that she is somewhere along Australia’s 1500 mile long rabbit-proof fence that divides the continent in half. The movie won Best Film at the 2002 Australian Film Institute Awards (and has a soundtrack by Peter Gabriel).
On Thursday, January 20, at 1PM in room H-255, we have the first of the open forums on the proposed Academic Integrity Policy. The faculty and student government have voted to affirm the new Honor Code. The proposed policy (and everything else related to the work of the ad-hoc committee) is available online at the Honor Code web page. I hope to see all interested parties there.
Desegregation in Georgia
As many of you know, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of the University of Georgia, and Jeff Orr and I will be giving a talk on the 25th at UGA called “The Rest of the Story”, namely about what happened in the other universities within the USG, with a special focus on SPSU.
While doing some research for the presentation, I came across several things that are indicative of how there’s often more to the story.
Last Week’s Trivia Challenge
Last week’s topic was snow, and the winner was Dean Jeff Ray, with 4.5 correct. Here are the answers:
This Week’s Trivia Challenge
This week’s topic is desegregation in Georgia. The first with the most takes the prize.