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LIS 950: Libraries and community

The purpose of this seminar is to explore an important topic in library and information studies in depth — in all its intertwined historical, cultural, philosophical, and political aspects — through a graduate reading/discussion seminar. The topic varies each time the course is taught; this time around, we will focus on "libraries and community"

Sunday, August 28, 2005

My Intro

Hi All!

I'm working on a double degree - a PhD in Composition & Rhetoric (part of English) and a MA at SLIS. My sub-areas in comp/rhet are literacy studies and critical theory and rhetoric. I just completed/passed prelims in my PhD program, and I am somewhere in the second year of coursework at SLIS. My dissertation will focus on the Americanization Aovement during the first half of the 20th century and library involvement in that movement, particularly in the form of literacy and civic education programming.

While I don't have kids to send to school in the morning, I am very happy about getting an extra half hour of sleep on Friday mornings!! Honestly, I would keep vampire hours if I thought I could get away with it. My circadian rhythms seem to be on a different schedule than those of everyone else in the world.

What else to say about myself...I'm also a TA in the English Department. The building theme of school and work brings us to the unfortunately true conclusion that, for the time being, I don't have time for all of the fun things I would like to do. I'm increasingly understanding this as a bad case of extreme academic masochism.


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