# 2020 04 01 tweets

RT @OASPA: Our next webinar "What is scholarly communication and publishing in the 21st Century?" is on April 2, 3 pm BST https://t.co/t0ek…

I am super excited about working with our new @ACHdotorg Exec Council members and our new co-VPs! Congratulations, and thanks to everyone who ran and voted. https://twitter.com/mkgold/status/1245509251017080832

Replying to @wilbanks, @OASPA and @hjoseph

Hard same.

HUGE thanks to @OASPA, to @catmacOA, and of course to @hjoseph and @wilbanks, and to the more than 500$$\!\!\!$$ attendees who joined today’s webinar for a fantastic discussion. I’ll look forward to following up soon.

RT @catmacOA: Great progress from 64 scholarly Societies who are collaborating to take real leadership in embracing Open Access & the open…

I am so sorry for your loss, Nancy. Thinking of you.

My CSA brought me kale raab last week. A new reason to look forward to spring!

Ooh, kalettes! I’ve never come across those. Kale raab was a new one for me, too.

WANT.

RT @jasonrhody: Frozen meat offering the daily briefing we need. https://twitter.com/steak_umm/status/1247343900475490304

HUGE congratulations, @edrabinski! So totally well-deserved!!! https://twitter.com/WGSS_ACRL/status/1247888536436535313

RT @steak_umm: people think it's bizarre, ironic, and funny when a frozen meat company points out the importance of critical thinking, but…

Oh no. I am so, so sorry for this enormous loss.

I just... can’t even...

Here too! Between the blue jays, the robins, and the cardinals it’s a bird festival in our back yard.

RT @cplong: How we respond to one another in the midst of it will determine who we are together afterward.

Love you, L. Be safe.

It suddenly hit me, in grading their second essays several weeks back, that the problem was that I’d given them an assignment and a rubric and in response they were Writing An Essay. +

But the essays they wrote for me during the first half of the semester… they were fine, but it sometimes felt to me like they were missing something. Missing some life. Some purpose. +

The class has been an utter delight, and my students were all super engaged before the world fell apart. And they’ve been total troupers since, hanging in with me through the more cringy moments on Zoom. +

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been teaching the literary studies intro class this semester, working with students on their close reading and other literary analysis skills across four different genres. +

A thread in which I admittedly crow a bit about something I figured out this semester but am mostly grateful to those who helped me along the way:

The requirements were a little more amorphous than what most of them are used to. I asked them to open up a question that derives from their reading of one of the texts we’ve read together so far. +

We spent our time in class talking about how the essays we were reading worked, and why they worked that way. And I threw out my assignment and my rubric and I asked my students to write an essay, instead of An Essay. +

Somewhere in there, the penny finally dropped. +

As it turns out, the third unit of the class focused on the genre of the essay, for which we read @tressiemcphd’s Thick and @jiatolentino’s Trick Mirror. And over spring break, I read @biblioracle’s Why They Can’t Write. +

Almost all of them fell into a kind of formal mechanics that drained their writing of passion and instead focused them on fulfilling a set of what felt to them like artificial requirements. +

So huge thanks to @tressiemcphd, and to @jiatolentino, and especially to @biblioracle for making this part of the semester such a joy, everything else notwithstanding. I’m hugely grateful.

I’m grading that batch of essays right now, and though I’m only a few into the pile, I am already blown away by their loveliness. By their inquisitiveness. By their braveness. +

I asked them to engage with a range of kinds of evidence in their exploration of that question: textual evidence, empirical evidence, personal history. I asked them not to make an argument per se, but to think, and to let me see them in the act of thinking. +

Thank YOU. It was amazing having your work push us forward.

Thank you, John! I’m only sorry it took me as long to get to WTCW as it did — but it was exactly the right moment, nonetheless.

RT @ADHOrg: ADHO regretfully announces cancellation of #DH2020 conference in Ottawa. ADHO is presently evaluating the feasibility of holdin…

Yes! On the possibilities for a new WPA, and the ways that the humanities might contribute to the cultural rebuilding ahead. https://twitter.com/PaulaKrebs/status/1248677948665839616

We talked about it in class a LOT. And I kept coming back to wanting to see them thinking, not expecting them to have an answer but instead wanting them to explore a question. At least the first several essays suggest they trusted me in that.

Congratulations!!!

RT @terrainsvagues: #coronavirus spine poetry $$source unknown$$

RT @kramermj: Nice, thoughtful review of @kfitz's Generous Thinking in #usih @Ideas_History Book Review from Scott St. Louis. "...What it w…

Aw, you are too kind. You were a splendid host, and held up through my bandwidth failures!

Sending you and the little one on the way all the best!

Holy wow! Huge congrats, @Wilderbach, and I’ll look forward to keeping up with you in your new locale! https://twitter.com/yalelibrary/status/1250441458823249929

Oh Beronda, I’m so sorry. Hoping for good news about her recovery!

RT @mkirschenbaum: Because our present reality isn't complete without a little sample reality. https://twitter.com/samplereality/status/1250413918700351488

Congratulations!!!

RT @btreports: JUST IN: Michigan Nurses Association on today’s #OperationGridlock in Lansing.

RT @ach2021: Want your conferences to better support remote participation? The digital humanities conference #ACH2021 seeks an @achdotorg m…

Working from home has in many ways been good; I’m an introvert and I love my house and there are few places I’d rather be. BUT. I hate the phone, and I am coming to hate Zoom even more. It’s been all day, every day, for weeks. I need some time to myself, in a serious fashion.

Ah, memories of projects past. This brings me such joy in turn. :) https://twitter.com/rasekora/status/1250590407144202241

Huge congratulations, @tressiemcphd!!! And even huger congratulations to @uncsils — good for you! https://twitter.com/uncsils/status/1250814162504159235

I think what you are saying is “some percentage of y’all [waves hand vaguely] are going to have to die to support my way of life and I’m okay with that” and I would maybe suggest rethinking your position and also possibly your desire to say things out loud.

An amazing collection of books. $$And if you dig into the full list, Generous Thinking is among them, I’m grateful to say\!$$ https://twitter.com/JHUPress/status/1251209235284795393

Seriously.

RT @hralperta: Creating change can happen through acts of public vulnerability, institutional transparency, and collective action.

Have id…

RT @Mlsif: Like those good people in Italy who tried to warn us a few weeks ago, all I can say to the rest of America is, try to hold firm…

I missed this yesterday, but am definitely signing up for the rest! https://twitter.com/kanarinka/status/1251473214490005504

Oh, Siva — I’m so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family.

RT @JulianChambliss: #ReframingHistory is back with a conversation with @HilaryGreen77. We learn about her #digital #history work on #slave…

RT @tressiemcphd: Woooow https://t.co/vR9nxS12yo

RT @OASPA: See recording, key takeaways & answers to attendee questions from the recent webinar: "What is Scholarly Communication & Publish…

I’m not sure if this is my favorite movie line of all time, but certainly in my top 10:

“Everything happens to me, and now I’m shot by a child!” $$True Grit, 1969$$

RT @achdotorg: #DayofDH2020 is coming next Wednesday! All you need to do to participate is share the work and activities you do as a digita…

RT @cplong: This essay captures our attempts in @CALMSU to transform the culture of higher education by cultivating pathways of intellectua…

I haven’t, but should!

RT @anna_kijas: Did you know that the Music Encoding Initiative has a new group on Humanities Commons? Why @humcommons? Read this short gui…

IN THE VIEW OF SOME EXPERTS??? https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1253556794405896192

No, no they are not.

I keep having these David Byrne “how did we get here” moments.

I want to be clear about this, since the NYT is obviously not: in the current environment, “in the view of some experts” is outright encouragement for many to dismiss that view.

We live in a moment in which, for an alarming number of Americans, the appeal to expertise is already disqualifying. And when it’s only “some” experts? That’s just your opinion, man.

The bottom line: this NYT tweet is in its both-sidesism even more dangerous than our president’s utter stupidity, because it plays on resentment to actively push some folks to embrace a deadly option.

RT @jasonrhody: Visit @ssrc_org's new Virtual Research Center on Covid-19, which gathers work from across the SSRC and features new resourc…

🤯

That they had to be *told* that this was a bad tweet just leaves me heartsick!

RT @TeresaMangum: When your dean is a philosopher focused on values. Thank you, as always, @cplong. https://twitter.com/cplong/status/1241503908121456642

A week or two ago I had a pair come strolling through my back garden, looking around as if to say “you know, a water feature would be nice right over here.”

I would pay extra for a subscription to the NYT that excluded the Opinion columnists. https://twitter.com/lmlauramarsh/status/1254079511353872385

😑

I would trade Opinions for Cooking in a HEARTBEAT.

Generosity in Hard Times https://kfitz.info/generosity-in-hard-times/

That anyone would even think to suggest otherwise is in large part what my blog post earlier today was about, in a roundabout way. + https://twitter.com/tressiemcphd/status/1254505454178234368

Anyhow, the post, on generosity in hard times. Which does not include sacrificing our students, or our part-time folks, or anyone else to keep our institutions afloat. https://kfitz.info/generosity-in-hard-times/

Institutions cannot and will not ever do it without being pressed by those collectives, because institutions are in the business of self-preservation rather than transformation. +

But I direct that appeal to individual people rather than institutions precisely because it’s the individual people, coming together as collectives, that have to do the remaking. +

I’ve seen complaints here and there about my appeal to generosity being directed to individuals rather than institutions, when it’s the institutions that most need to be remade. And I get it. +

For the no-Twitter-on-Sunday crowd, a link to a blog post I published yesterday, on generosity in hard times. I’d love any thoughts y’all may have. https://kfitz.info/generosity-in-hard-times/

Thank you for this, Derek! It is encouraging to see thoughtful action at those lower levels of university structures; one hopes that such moves can percolate up.

This is so great, Kathy! It takes HARD work to get this kind of huge systemic change through at the university level, but it can be done if we start somewhere!

Such good news, Beronda, at a moment when I’m sure you could use it!

RT @BerondaM: When my time in particular institutions or higher ed comes to an end, my hope is that the stories told & celebrations had wil…

Congratulations, April!

RT @cnewf: very nice coverage of Tenure for the Common Good in @chronicle today. https://bit.ly/3bDKJhR Our statement on #Covid-19 equity…

I would love to see someone take the lead on this. The outright disregard for human life involved in the focus on preserving the institution as usual is appalling. https://twitter.com/biblioracle/status/1255603425179570176

RT @CALMSU: "Though the path ahead will be difficult, we can draw courage from the deepening connections we have established during this cr…

Holy crap. This is where we are. https://twitter.com/vote4robgill/status/1255922426120146947

RT @shannonrwatts: Armed extremists are threatening Michigan lawmakers who are meeting at the statehouse to consider extending the governor…

APPARENTLY.

WTF Michigan.

I’m pretty unhappy with it, myself.