Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Catching up

Today was our last class for the term and, super geek that I am, I'm actually looking forward to reading my fourth year students' final projects. Inspired by Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, I came up with Chloe in Ottawa and Leonia in Ottawa. After so much emphasis on academic literature and research, my students were a bit surprised they were being asked to conduct public observations and write a personal narrative, but in the end they seemed to have enjoyed it a great deal.

And just because I didn't mention it sooner doesn't mean I didn't have a wonderful time visiting Yale - what an impressive bunch of graduate students! (Special thanks to Joy and Leslie for inviting me.)

I was told my presentation went well - more to follow on the talk itself - and I certainly got some good questions and feedback. (Note to Ruth: I've finally reached the point where I can speak with depth and breadth for over an hour, and without notes, but still not as well as you!)

A special highlight was lunch with Dolores Hayden and a group of wicked smart female grad students, and our discussion about current challenges to feminism. (I'm most grateful to have been reminded that any attempt to change the world involves setbacks and backlashes as well as triumphs, and that is precisely why we must not become complacent.)

I mean, how cool is that? I get to meet and have lunch with one of my favourite scholars of space and culture and we get to talk about the place of women. (And it came with a fantastic mushroom soup.) Special thanks also to Molly and Enrique for their excellent company and hospitality in New Haven, and to all the others who kept me smiling the whole time I was there. (Note to Molly: I have to come back to visit the Peabody. Before you leave.)

But right now there is something else I really should be finishing. (It's on the way, Matt, I swear.)


Anonymous molly said...

Loved having you. Do come back: it's not too far.


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