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…

Wed Apr 01 17:21:14 +0000 2020

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

Thu Apr 02 12:04:33 +0000 2020

Replying to @wilbanks, @OASPA and @hjoseph

Hard same.

Thu Apr 02 12:22:17 +0000 2020

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.

Thu Apr 02 16:23:14 +0000 2020

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

Fri Apr 03 21:54:01 +0000 2020

Replying to @nancybaym

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

Sat Apr 04 15:26:24 +0000 2020

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

Tue Apr 07 00:14:22 +0000 2020

Replying to @SheilaABrennan

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

Tue Apr 07 10:56:25 +0000 2020

Replying to @SheilaABrennan


Tue Apr 07 13:20:24 +0000 2020

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

Tue Apr 07 21:10:10 +0000 2020

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

Wed Apr 08 21:10:01 +0000 2020

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

Wed Apr 08 21:39:32 +0000 2020

Replying to @Rebeccatennan10 and @Protohedgehog

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

Thu Apr 09 13:45:21 +0000 2020

Replying to @BerondaM

I just... can’t even...

Thu Apr 09 21:39:52 +0000 2020

Replying to @gmbritton and @JenHoward

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

Fri Apr 10 00:45:42 +0000 2020

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

Fri Apr 10 01:05:29 +0000 2020

Replying to @lmrhody

Love you, L. Be safe.

Fri Apr 10 17:13:19 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

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. +

Fri Apr 10 17:46:59 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

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. +

Fri Apr 10 17:46:59 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

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. +

Fri Apr 10 17:46:59 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

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. +

Fri Apr 10 17:46:59 +0000 2020

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:

Fri Apr 10 17:46:59 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

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. +

Fri Apr 10 17:47:00 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

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. +

Fri Apr 10 17:47:00 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

Somewhere in there, the penny finally dropped. +

Fri Apr 10 17:47:00 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

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. +

Fri Apr 10 17:47:00 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

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. +

Fri Apr 10 17:47:00 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

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.

Fri Apr 10 17:47:01 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

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. +

Fri Apr 10 17:47:01 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

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. +

Fri Apr 10 17:47:01 +0000 2020

Replying to @tressiemcphd, @jiatolentino and @biblioracle

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

Fri Apr 10 17:51:45 +0000 2020

Replying to @biblioracle, @tressiemcphd and @jiatolentino

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.

Fri Apr 10 17:52:46 +0000 2020

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

Fri Apr 10 18:22:26 +0000 2020

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

Fri Apr 10 18:26:30 +0000 2020

Replying to @RSilbergleid

I’m so glad! Theirs is still ahead for me. :)

Fri Apr 10 18:27:09 +0000 2020

Replying to @gati_daniella

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.

Fri Apr 10 22:37:01 +0000 2020

This…? Is bad. https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1249032058493681664

Sat Apr 11 20:11:05 +0000 2020

Not least, because this. https://twitter.com/JoshuaMZeitz/status/1249050677080440832

Sat Apr 11 20:11:26 +0000 2020

Replying to @NyashaJunior and @HarvardDivinity


Mon Apr 13 15:55:02 +0000 2020

RT @terrainsvagues: #coronavirus spine poetry \(source unknown\)

Mon Apr 13 16:41:33 +0000 2020

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

Tue Apr 14 11:00:31 +0000 2020

Replying to @BryanAlexander, @harmonygritz and @actualham

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

Tue Apr 14 20:15:22 +0000 2020

Hello, @ariannacarpati1! I hope your experience on Twitter is a productive one, and that you, your sister, and your parents are all well! https://twitter.com/mkirschenbaum/status/1250456981195886592

Wed Apr 15 16:57:12 +0000 2020

Replying to @SarahEBond

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

Wed Apr 15 17:22:21 +0000 2020

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

Wed Apr 15 17:31:11 +0000 2020

Replying to @BerondaM

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

Wed Apr 15 19:45:41 +0000 2020

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

Wed Apr 15 21:45:56 +0000 2020

Replying to @electricarchaeo


Wed Apr 15 23:19:56 +0000 2020

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

Wed Apr 15 23:22:02 +0000 2020

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

Wed Apr 15 23:22:24 +0000 2020

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.

Wed Apr 15 23:30:52 +0000 2020

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

Thu Apr 16 17:13:53 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

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

Thu Apr 16 17:26:57 +0000 2020

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.

Fri Apr 17 17:15:02 +0000 2020

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

Fri Apr 17 18:23:20 +0000 2020

Replying to @EthanWatrall and @electricarchaeo


Fri Apr 17 21:16:38 +0000 2020

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

Have id…

Sat Apr 18 15:26:53 +0000 2020

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…

Sat Apr 18 16:47:53 +0000 2020

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

Sat Apr 18 19:53:26 +0000 2020

Replying to @sivavaid

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

Mon Apr 20 23:08:01 +0000 2020

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

Tue Apr 21 12:42:22 +0000 2020

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

Tue Apr 21 23:36:59 +0000 2020

Completely! https://twitter.com/tressiemcphd/status/1252651993627271173

Tue Apr 21 23:37:20 +0000 2020

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

Wed Apr 22 11:49:45 +0000 2020

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!” \(True Grit, 1969\)

Thu Apr 23 22:49:42 +0000 2020

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…

Thu Apr 23 22:57:37 +0000 2020

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

Thu Apr 23 23:03:47 +0000 2020

Replying to @dbvisel

I haven’t, but should!

Thu Apr 23 23:49:52 +0000 2020

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

Fri Apr 24 01:07:45 +0000 2020

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

Fri Apr 24 10:30:41 +0000 2020

Replying to @wynkenhimself

No, no they are not.

Fri Apr 24 11:13:51 +0000 2020

Replying to @mannahattamamma and @wynkenhimself

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

Fri Apr 24 11:31:30 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

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.

Fri Apr 24 11:47:57 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

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.

Fri Apr 24 11:49:36 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

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.

Fri Apr 24 11:53:33 +0000 2020

RT @jasonrhody: Funding opportunity! https://twitter.com/ssrc_org/status/1253674792093396999

Fri Apr 24 13:45:27 +0000 2020

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

Fri Apr 24 13:45:30 +0000 2020

Replying to @ekansa


Fri Apr 24 14:40:34 +0000 2020

Replying to @thiemwork

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

Fri Apr 24 16:48:52 +0000 2020

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

Fri Apr 24 19:52:01 +0000 2020

Replying to @noctambulate

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.”

Sat Apr 25 13:12:17 +0000 2020

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

Sat Apr 25 19:21:00 +0000 2020

Replying to @elotroalex


Sat Apr 25 19:33:45 +0000 2020

Replying to @aktange

I would trade Opinions for Cooking in a HEARTBEAT.

Sat Apr 25 20:44:17 +0000 2020

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

Sun Apr 26 14:21:38 +0000 2020

Dear god yes. https://twitter.com/tressiemcphd/status/1254505454178234368

Sun Apr 26 20:22:28 +0000 2020

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

Sun Apr 26 20:37:26 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

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/

Sun Apr 26 20:37:27 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

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. +

Sun Apr 26 20:37:27 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

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. +

Sun Apr 26 20:37:27 +0000 2020

Replying to @kfitz

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. +

Sun Apr 26 20:37:27 +0000 2020

I cannot wait to read this. https://twitter.com/ayjay/status/1254767979985690625

Mon Apr 27 14:01:01 +0000 2020

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/

Mon Apr 27 14:02:14 +0000 2020

Replying to @d_kompare

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.

Mon Apr 27 14:22:46 +0000 2020

Replying to @triproftri

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!

Mon Apr 27 14:55:20 +0000 2020

Replying to @BerondaM

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

Tue Apr 28 08:57:42 +0000 2020

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…

Tue Apr 28 12:32:10 +0000 2020

Replying to @aprilbakerbell and @billhd

Congratulations, April!

Wed Apr 29 15:46:58 +0000 2020

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

Wed Apr 29 18:26:56 +0000 2020

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

Wed Apr 29 21:20:27 +0000 2020

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

Wed Apr 29 21:26:22 +0000 2020

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

Thu Apr 30 19:51:20 +0000 2020

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

Thu Apr 30 19:51:56 +0000 2020

Replying to @sharonmleon


Thu Apr 30 19:53:04 +0000 2020

WTF Michigan.

Thu Apr 30 19:53:56 +0000 2020

Replying to @sharonmleon

I’m pretty unhappy with it, myself.

Thu Apr 30 19:59:20 +0000 2020

Replying to @sharonmleon

Alas, I do remember.

Thu Apr 30 20:09:59 +0000 2020

RT @kathleen_belew: #MichiganProtest Heavily armed people storming a government building is an attack, not a protest. It is at the very lea…

Thu Apr 30 20:20:36 +0000 2020

Replying to @colindickey

Oh no. I’m so sorry, Colin. What a good boy. 💔

Fri May 01 00:16:45 +0000 2020