# 2019 12 01 tweets

More reflections on generosity and its models. $$With thanks to @electricarchaeo for a brilliant example\.$$ https://kfitz.info/generosity-humility-vulnerability/

It is — as is your foreword! Thanks so much for that.

I *love* following you through this, as so much else. <3

“Failing gloriously is a collective endeavor because it depends on imagining how things could be different. To do that requires engaging with people who do not look like you, who do not come from the same places or traditions as you…. +

…Failing gloriously is an exhortation to build spaces that make it safe for others to have the same freedom to make mistakes, tinker, iterate, and imagine better.” —@electricarchaeo

Even with my flawed punctuation, it’s totally worth it!

So. Much. I am honored to get to be in dialog with it!

Sending good wishes and solidarity to all on #UCUStrike. https://twitter.com/ucu/status/1201440085205553153

JHUP $$@JHUPress$$ is celebrating the holidays with 40% off all books and free media mail shipping with the code HHOL. Lots of amazing stuff for your critical university studies needs!

RT @padrianfried: "What if the purpose of higher education were not personal achievement ... but instead ... the building of communities? A…

Humanities Commons is THREE! Come join us as we celebrate. @humcommons https://team.hcommons.org

RT @terrainsvagues: Happy birthday, @humcommons! https://twitter.com/kfitz/status/1201593253704937472

Huge, congratulations, Dawn! What great work to get to do — and what a great person to do it!

#Solidarity with the graduate students at Harvard, both those beginning an indefinite strike today and those leading the protest against the tenure denial of Professor Lorgia García-Peña. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScxDSWy2NLjAdH-IvuQrz9j-iWTwDHU6Zhs0HcxQ1HErIzrAA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3y_O4w7juxBfZFIQPPrIfE9w7nHfhzu5f6dS_s8Y6nW0ofnC4Ekk9zXQM https://twitter.com/hgsuuaw/status/1201685865443053568

RT @humcommons: Help us to celebrate! Over the past three years, we’ve grown to 19,000 members, thousands of CORE deposits, and hundreds of…

RT @LibraryRaya: What better day to hear about “generous thinking” than on GivingBlueday? Thanks to @kfitz for an excellent talk that gener…

I’m sorry to see Kamala Harris out of the race $$though I’m certain we have not heard the last from her$$. But here’s the thing: I’m seeing a lot of “she’s polling higher than Bloomberg but the media says she’s done and he’s just getting started!” +

And there is undoubtedly race and gender behind that. But, seriously: who do y’all think he is going to spend all that money with? OF COURSE the media wants him to be just getting started.

We have to pull advertising dollars out of electoral politics.

I do hope you, like me, keep thinking #GetTFO. Because really. https://twitter.com/MsPhelps/status/1201927161625632768

Unrelated: Humanities Commons is celebrating its third birthday! It’s completely open-access and sponsored by scholarly societies and institutions. Another world is possible. @humcommons http://hcommons.org

At the risk of repeating myself: I *loved* this book. https://twitter.com/fsgbooks/status/1202030003975835650

I just assumed that it had to do with jazz hands.

Delighted and grateful to have Generous Thinking included on this list! https://twitter.com/biblioracle/status/1202946826535657476

RT @humcommons: Congrats, @cunycommons!! 🎉🎉 https://twitter.com/mkgold/status/1202965538697351170

So sorry to be missing this talk while on the road, or in the air, as the case may be! @clboyles https://twitter.com/kristinarola/status/1202990157865070592

RT @UM_Dearborn: In an era of growing skepticism about the value of #highereducation, Kathleen Fitzpatrick $$@kfitz$$ says universities shoul…

Did you have a customized start/end date on that class? I wonder if they got the end date wrong…

Hey, thanks! That makes my day.

RT @mfsenseney: @kfitz I definitely gave myself Generous Thinking as an early Christmas gift. It's on my nightstand here at #cni2019f, whi…

Thanks so much, Sarah! This means the world to me.

Aw, thanks! And hi to Angela.

This is good to know, though. My wardrobe is not so small but I wear such a small percentage of it that I’d benefit from some rethinking and prioritizing.

👋🏻!

Always.

RT @biblioracle: @dowellml Have you seen Generous Thinking by @kfitz? It explores these dynamics, offers a way out. https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/title/generous-thinking

RT @hralperta: Sending love to everyone who spent the last three months applying to academic jobs while teaching, writing a dissertation, o…

I can’t tell you the number of times. But usually first thing in the morning.

I’ve hit the point where I think I need to just end every day by tweeting “this is some serious bullshit.”

RT @AdamSerwer: The executive order on anti-semitism does not look like what the Times reported it was. https://jewishinsider.com/2019/12/exclusive-a-first-look-at-the-language-of-trumps-executive-order-on-antisemitism/

RT @humcommons: Building a professional site through @humcommons is a great way to strengthen and take control of your digital presence. In…

Done.

RT @kmapesy: The program is now live and registration is open for the $$free\!$$ Global DH Symposium on March 26-27! Join us in person in Mich…

This is some serious bullshit.

I am extremely excited about this: the NEH announces a new open access grant program for books deriving from fellowship projects! https://www.neh.gov/blog/neh-announces-open-access-grant-program-fellowship-books

RT @brettbobley: Based on feedback we got from presses, we worked to make the application process as simple as possible. No narrative requi…

Sending everything good I have your way, @CJ_Daugherty @jackjewers

Oh shit no. No no no.

Good grief this is terrible.

It’s possible that I’m going to climb into bed and pull the covers over my head, so just in case I make an early night of it: This is some serious bullshit.

RT @terrainsvagues: The last time something this awful and bonkers happened in the UK, it augured equally awful and bonkers stuff happening…

Oh no. I am so, so sorry. 💔

Huge congratulations, @kate_sonka! So enormously deserved! https://twitter.com/kate_sonka/status/1205540636654325760

Christ in a sidecar, people are the WORST.

Wait. I graduated 21.5 years ago! Thanks for rubbing it in, BILL.

That is a serious question.

If only I could recount for you the number of times today that I have wanted to say: This is some serious bullshit.

This thread $$scroll up for the start$$ gets here at a crucial point: the fulcrum is and should be community. If the academy can’t get there, other kinds of organizations and institutions will. + https://twitter.com/JJRodV/status/1205851271896416256

But what would it mean for the academy to get there? It would mean developing a curriculum that educates for community rather than individual achievement. +

And that would mean listening to students who come to us with community-oriented goals — overwhelmingly first-gen students, rural students, BIPOC — and centering their goals. +

It would also mean listening to faculty and staff with those community-oriented goals, and developing review processes that honor and elevate them rather than dismissing them in the name of prestige. +

It would mean recognizing that our institutions themselves are first and foremost communities, and treating work toward building sustaining those communities as the most important work we can do.

An immediate response to this — as you can see in the anecdote that open chapter 4 of Generous Thinking — would be to say that any institution that followed my advice would immediate lose standing among its cohort. +

Likely so, given the ways that those standings are determined. But it would also be recognized as the kind of community in which many people genuinely want to live, and learn, and work. +

And that matters enormously. And it could matter more, if we could persuade ourselves to forget about prestige and focus instead on the kind of world we want to be part of. $$fin, I think$$

Argh, typos. Building AND sustaining. ImmediateLY lose standing. You get the point, tho.

RT @BerondaM: Again for the people in the back...or for those in the front declaring the 1st $$i\.e\., change$$ but whose actions are most deci…

This has been an utterly delightful weekend, except for the whole world political/economic/environmental situation, which, as you know, is some serious bullshit.

True.

Agreed! That quantity of green/yellow is an abomination. And BLUE???

Not just yours. Also, you never give anyone knives; you include a penny with the set, which they give back to you, so that they’ve bought them.

It has been a long, good day overall, but that doesn’t stop me from recognizing that this *gestures broadly* is some serious bullshit.

It is alas only fitting.

Blocked and reported!

Replying to @hralperta, @quinnanya and @wynkenhimself

Aw, yay! $$And thanks for the votes, Sarah and Quinn\!$$

Yes, yes, yes! This is one of the arguments of my sustainability & generosity project: rather than focusing on economic models, focus on what it takes to keep the engine of generosity running.

*sigh*

I haven’t read the letter. I did glance at it to make sure it looked like I thought it would. But I couldn’t do more.

If I did, you know what I’d have to say about it.

$$This is some serious bullshit\.$$

RT @gesch16: "Scholars, It's Time to Take Control of Your Online Communities": @kfitz's plea to unleash the potential of @humcommons and mo…

This is so fantastic, and so well-deserved. Congratulations, @JenServenti! https://twitter.com/SheilaABrennan/status/1207353501472436226

RT @terrainsvagues: As for “the world’s-leading peer-review process”? I guess if you’re talking a process that enables citation cartels, g…

Merry Christmas! Because all the rest of it? Some serious bullshit.

Oh no, Martin — I am so sorry to hear this! Sending all my best for a speedy recovery.

I had cause today, utterly unrelated to our domestic political situation, to say out loud “this is some serious bullshit.”

Not to diminish our domestic political situation, but this involved lawyers.

It really, really does.

If only.

Hey, hi, I have been in meetings all day today and so have no idea what’s been going on here but I am certain that, were I to have the patience to scroll through the whole backlog, I’d be willing to declare something in it some serious bullshit.

I think a little grumpy may well be in order.

A good guideline for so many forms of interaction. https://twitter.com/dfreelon/status/1208141658191257606

Tonight: this, with butternut squash and sweet potatoes. Plus braised collards on the side. Merry Christmas.
https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/11782-roasted-winter-squash-with-seared-cod?smid=ck-recipe-iOS-share https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/11782-roasted-winter-squash-with-seared-cod?smid=ck-recipe-iOS-share

After an amazing dinner and a couple of hours with George Bailey and friends, life is feeling pretty wonderful, but I’m certain that soon enough I’ll be reminded that we are surrounded by some serious bullshit.

Have a wonderful one, Beronda!

RT @jasonrhody: While I am truly thrilled that funding for @NEHgov & other cultural agencies is trending up, it's also important to remembe…

RT @AlexanderMcCoy4: A 52-year-old Navy SEAL was accepted to Yale and expected to find “snowflakes” and “safe spaces.”

~sigh~

I didn’t know what to expect when I started watching this, but it’s one of the most generous things I’ve ever seen! I love the way all three really appreciate what the others do.

This is an astonishing performance of generosity. The three are super different but all so appreciate what the others are up to. We could definitely use more of that. https://twitter.com/lnakamur/status/1209259686702256131

West Virginia?

Shenandoah River!

It does that.

Thank you so much for this! I’m so happy that it’s made a connection.

RT @how2speakpoetry: .@kfitz’s _Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University_ has been one of my favourite books of 2019.…

Argh, jealous!

NICE. ❤️

With the possible exception of LSU’s football season, 2019 has been an unremitting stream of serious bullshit.

$$This is likely to be the last such tweet\. The inherent bullshittery in everything is painfully obvious and pointing it out has come to feel like a bit like rubbing salt in an open wound\.$$

Alas, indeed.

Gave up tenure in 2011 to take on a field-wide leadership role. Got tenure again in 2017, but with the secure knowledge that there is a good life beyond it. https://twitter.com/MusBeNyce/status/1210752781302108160

RT @Stephen_Curry: Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s ‘Generous Thinking’ hits its stride in the last chapter. A clarion call to rethink open scholarsh…

Okay, okay. In addition to the LSU football season, the other good thing that happened for me in 2019 was the publication of *Generous Thinking*. +

The book, like most books, is imperfect. There are things I think I’d do differently if I were starting it today. But it’s opened a bunch of conversations in places that need to have them, for which I’m really grateful. +

Those conversations will continue, and I’m delighted to get to be a part of them. Huge thanks to editor extraordinaire @gmbritton, publicity manager @pubkat, and everyone else at @JHUPress who made it all possible.

I’ll look forward to further conversations in the year ahead, and to thinking with all of you about ways we might build more generous institutions.

I’ve been doing it this way $$though without the water drops and with the lid on from the start$$ since a guest on @hels’s old Eater podcast blew her mind with it. I can’t remember the guest but I remember it was a lightning round question: microwave or oven? Nope; skillet. 🤯

Replying to @jbj, @amandafrench, @eetempleton and @hels

But you do have a skillet! Trust me.

Replying to @jbj, @amandafrench, @eetempleton and @hels

“Extra” good, maybe...

Note to self: true self-promotion requires including a link. 🙄 https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/title/generous-thinking

A brilliant recap of a decade of disasters. May we stop trying to solve human/social problems with venture capital in the decade ahead. https://twitter.com/audreywatters/status/1211916251397644288