2020 06 01 tweets

Oh, Ms. Enid. What a good girl. 🙁

I am sad, and furious, and despairing. And I know so many of you are feeling that so much more, and have been for so much longer. I see you, and I am sorry. And I am working on ways to do better for us all.

RT @CarlosLozadaWP: The top two bestselling books on Amazon right now:
1) WHITE FRAGILITY by Robin DiAngelo
2) HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST by ⁦…

RT @DrIbram: This doesn’t happen everyday. It is fitting it happens on the day we are Blacking out for Black lives and hopefully supporting…

Ohhhh I want to read this!

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YAY!!!

Atypical indeed. I had a negative royalty contract on my first book, on which I have earned $65 in total. I received a$2000 advance on my second book, which earned it out in a year. \$0 advance on the most recent one. https://twitter.com/sivavaid/status/1269610865206210562

LT following on this. Because not only do most academics not get paid for their work, they also don’t know what others experience. https://twitter.com/sivavaid/status/1269613056763592704

RT @BerondaM: Someone indicated that I recently became outspoken. No. Frequently it's not that someone STARTS to speak, but that another BE…

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RT @readywriting: I was moved to write a guide to help faculty use Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities to move their courses online, but als…

There are so many more important things happening in the world. But it’s hard not to succumb to a bit of despair when you start comparing your publishing experiences to others’, even when you’ve been pretty darned successful.

Or maybe that’s just me.

You are enormously kind, and I really appreciate you taking the time to tell me!

I am working my way back out of yesterday’s demoralized state, slowly but surely. Because here’s the thing: +

Whatever the value of the books I’ve published — and I do think they have value — the primary goal I’ve committed myself to at this moment in my career is transformation. +

Transformation of the academy and the systems through which it creates and disciplines knowledge. But also transformation for those within it seeking to work in new ways. +

And I can make the argument for that change, or give advice about how to create that change, in a book. I have, and I will. +

But I’m also trying to effect the transformation, and to make space for others to do so as well. And in that, the work I’m doing with the amazing Humanities Commons team has a far deeper potential. +

There’s something pernicious in the ways that the gold standard of the book has bent my sense of what success in my field looks like. +

$$And this after I’ve spent years arguing and working to decenter that standard\!$$ +

This thread, for what it’s worth, is primarily written for me. As a reminder that “research” does not just mean working toward my next book. +

Creating the conditions for a new academy, an academy that deserves to survive the current crisis, is a worthy research outcome. With a potential audience of millions. /fin

Yes! And that tension exists in a lot of fields — but I do think there’s something broken in the ways many fields $$like my own$$ value and reward writing over other forms of doing.

Oh, thanks for that reference! This sounds exactly to the point.

I can absolutely see that! And can see the connections between ag extensions and other forms of pragmatic, engaged, public work...

Ooh, this sounds so great, Andrea! I’m looking forward to digging in!

Indeed.

So it’s taken all day for me to get clear enough to read your post, Andrea — the pitfalls of remote-but-synchronous work — but this is BRILLIANT. I’m going to be mining it $$and the discussion that follows this tweet$$ for a while!

Not unrelated at all.

I’m so glad to hear — thanks for letting me know!

I’m quite taken by this one. https://twitter.com/WyreDavies/status/1269937147089485824

RT @Apereo: Next Week! Open Apereo 2020 is June 15-19. Keynote, @kfitz author ‘Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the Univers…

RT @hels: The only reason I don’t like the term TERF is they’re not radical and they’re not feminists

RT @cplong: Come work with us at the ⁦@PubPhilJ⁩ at Michigan State University - we are looking for a developer to help us create the next g…

I believe in the mission my institution claims to espouse. I will fight for my institution’s ability to do that work. But there are days when my institution makes it really, really hard.

This has been one of those days. https://twitter.com/ReclaimMSU/status/1270779095006228483

That is from a university communication that went out yesterday. I have heard from many colleagues who have written to demand an apology. None has reached us yet.

There was a moment not long after I arrived when the degree of brokenness in the culture made itself inescapably clear. Much has been exposed and repair work has begun. But so much remains.

It’s not okay.

Way too much.

Thank you so much for this — I really need it right now.

Unfortunately so. I really believe in what the institution ought to be, in what it claims it wants to be. But I am a bit despairing of its real commitment to getting there.

Not a paleographer, but that looks like Maria Zielinski and Anton $$?$$ Pasternak.

Nope, Zielinska.

Or Antoni?

Exactly. Why I guessed Anton; it seemed the least incongruous.

One can hope.

🤔

I’m so sorry, Helen. 💙

The original communication went out 48 hours ago. Complaints began immediately. We are still awaiting a response. https://twitter.com/kfitz/status/1270865466500808706

“We should not have featured the highlight given the current events” is a long distance from “we’re really sorry we chose to highlight utter bullshit at the worst possible moment.”

We should not have featured the highlight given the current events” is a long distance from “we’re really sorry we chose to highlight utter bullshit at the worst possible moment.”

RT @Jeffreycwray: @kfitz ‘So sorry IF anyone was offended...’ the non-apology apology. Not good enough @msu

I can only imagine. Here with you.

RT @BerondaM: @GeoEdResearch @kfitz As Mother would say, do they know what they have stirred up in you? Bless their hearts...

Oh, I’m so sorry, Sava. What a good boy.

🤬

I want this to be the norm at my institution. Please. https://twitter.com/nancybaym/status/1271432275595612161

Ouch. That’s awful.

I figured as much. *sigh*

Same. But that’s a light day here. Because it’s a Friday.

I want someone to invent a means of globally preventing the transmission of work-related email after 3pm Friday. Right now getting it out of your inbox before the weekend just dumps it in mine. So let it hang in the ether until Monday at 9.

It’s exactly what’s needed, except globally on all work-related systems, so that it doesn’t require your level of thoughtfulness!

What I’m after is a way to break the musical chairs cycle of email: whose box is it in when the music stops?

And of course I know about Boomerang/delayed send. But I want that functionality at a global level, on an automatic timer. 3:01pm Friday, you hit send, and that message arrives at 9am Monday.

Perhaps with an emergency override. But make no-work-email weekends the default.

$$This thread brought to you by my dread certainty that the colleague I emailed around noon today is going to get back to me with stuff to do just before COB\.$$

Having email in my inbox that I haven’t dealt with gives me hives. What I want is that schedule function to be baked in.

Amen.

Totally!

So did I, so weird 🤔

RT @aprilbakerbell: Join me on June 30th @ 4pm for a webinar conversation about my book “Linguistic Justice.” Lamar Johnson will be the mod…

RT @JasonOverstreet: The most daring thing said about white supremacy I’ve heard from a politician. Wanna know why military installations h…

RT @wynkenhimself: And because I knew they were there it felt uncomfortable to go with my little abolish the police sign. But I did, becaus…

RT @AzieTesfai: I can not stop sobbing. Black lives matter because only a black man would be pulled over at gun point for MISSING A STOP SI…

This cannot be remedied with reform. And throwing money at is only makes it worse. #abolition https://twitter.com/nytopinion/status/1271741598771150848

This is what I mean. https://twitter.com/greg_doucette/status/1271638988206604289

No amount of training, no rules and regulations can possibly counter that level of ingrained belief in one’s divine right.

RT @BerondaM: "I’m perceived as radical because my 'affirmation bank' is ever full, and I require deposits into my banks of authentic 'resp…

RT @Lkshumaine: This 👇🏻 It’s not an academic freedom issue. If Hsu were ‘just’ a faculty member, he would be entitled to his appalling view…

I got a message this week from a reader who wanted to let me know how much Generous Thinking was helping him as he prepares to move into a new leadership role. +

It meant a TON to hear that, especially right now. And it made me realize that I need to write and thank the authors whose work is helping me.

RT @Apereo: Open Apereo keynote, @kfitz author ‘Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University’ on ‘Collaborative Software…

Oh, April. I am so sorry for your loss. 💔

RT @JulianChambliss: #ReframingHistory returns with @shree_thorat. What can a postcolonial #DH tells us about our contemporary moment? List…

RT @btopro: Awesome, @kfitz keynote from @Apereo is up already -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr8rPWTalo0&feature=youtu.be

Highly recommend to any #FOSS organization or #e…

RT @kaythaney: 🚨Call for participation🚨: @InvestInOpen is launching a project on June 29 to support institutions + higher ed in planning fo…

Ye gods, yes!

RT @toddbutler: @kfitz a complement to your earlier crusade $$quest?$$ regarding Friday emails? https://twitter.com/c_d_hewson/status/1273545028837785601

RT @SCOTUSblog: #SCOTUS rules against Trump administration in challenge to decision to end #DACA program, which allowed noncitizens brought…

RT @mkgold: .@achdotorg is committing to a concrete set of action steps to address structural racism and anti-Blackness in our organization…

RT @higgsri: Thought-provoking $$and annotate\-able$$ for #digitalpedagogy
Generous Thinking: Introduction https://kfitz.info/generous-thinking-introduction/ via @kfitz

If I did, I’d share! But I’m hoping for one myself.

RT @sharonmleon: Yes, yes. Absolutely. I couldn't agree more. Special thanks to the MSU graduate students for their courage. https://t.co/V…

RT @kimberkoz: BREAKING- Stephen Hsu, Michigan State senior vice president, research and innovation, is resigning from his leadership posit…

Dara! Congratulations!!! You both look wonderfully happy!

RT @survivorsarmy: We all need to work to dig deeper.

$$art by @alyseruriani on Instagram$$

RT @mchris4duke: I would prefer to celebrate people of all genders doing right by the next generation every day.
This hallmark designated…

As I pursue some thoughts about the relationship between community, sociality, and solidarity, I find myself reading a bit of political philosophy. And, well…

Anybody who’s read the first chapter of my last book will get my commitment to the importance of getting on the same page by carefully defining one’s terms. +

But this is some number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin level of term-defining.

I still regret having refused to take that formal logic class as an undergrad. But whew.

I may take you up on that!

I’m looking forward to participating in the Invest in Open Infrastructure process for developing a coordinated approach to the future of key platforms and projects. +

Well, this is bracingly terrifying. https://insidehighered.com/news/2020/06/22/working-paper-models-covid-spread-university

But I’m sure everything will be fine in the fall. https://twitter.com/SarahGLehr/status/1275884390833360896

If you need me, I’ll be never leaving my house again.

So, so true. And so dismaying.

Oh man. That’s depressing.

And you’re right: the SEC is just as bad. My old college bar just re-shut down due to COVID.

Oh no! I am so sorry to hear this. Sending you ALL the Clorox Wipes.

ARGH no no no.

RT @hralperta: What is failure in digital humanities? I don't know - but I'm so glad that at @NEH_ODH learning is fundamental to how we def…

Oh, I’m so sorry. Such a huge loss. 💔

Generous thinking in the midst of a pandemic cannot come down to “but we must deliver a high-quality educational experience or we’ll go out of business!” Health, safety, and equity for the whole community must come first, even if at the institution’s expense. https://twitter.com/kevinrmcclure/status/1276468166458322945

So true. These messages give the lie to everything our institutions claim about community and equity in their mission statements, and make all too evident the aims of the actual mission. https://twitter.com/ProfMSCaballero/status/1276481619055063040

HUGE and enormously well-deserved congratulations! @MSUEnglish is so lucky to have you!

Your Institution Does Not Deserve to Survive. https://kfitz.info/your-institution-does-not-deserve-to-survive/

RT @BerondaM: @DefyanTam @DrYoFiggy @MSUEnglish Congrats @DrYoFiggy, @DefyanTam , @aprilbakerbell & others getting the official vote today!…

ICYMI, I got more than a little annoyed this morning, and this was the result: Your Institution Does Not Deserve to Survive. https://kfitz.info/your-institution-does-not-deserve-to-survive/

This is the kind of thing that set me off this morning. In what universe is this okay. https://twitter.com/nonmodernist/status/1276483557200986112

And this. Caring for the lives of the people that make up your institution means caring for their WHOLE lives, their actual lives as they live them. https://kfitz.info/your-institution-does-not-deserve-to-survive/ https://twitter.com/dr_tgpeterson/status/1276881915262439426

From today’s campus coronavirus update: “News this week of a spike in positive COVID-19 cases in the East Lansing area highlight the importance and urgency of our collective work to prepare for reopening campus this fall.”
That news highlights the ... https://kfitz.info/27-june-2020-1653/

RT @AstroKatie: This is appalling. If reopening universities would require changing liability laws such that proving *negligence* is no lon…

College and university executives and trustees must face reality: reopening the campus cannot be done safely. Not now. Not without a vaccine. +

If you make the decision to reopen anyway, you will be responsible for the deaths that follow. Morally responsible, bullshit waivers of liability notwithstanding.

RT @BerondaM: Moving ahead w/assumed trust rather than the critical step of cultivating trust & checking in for its growth before moving ca…

RT @BerondaM: The "performance" of collegiality does not equal "cultivated" collegiality.

Coda: also see "trust", "reciprocity", "allyshi…

RT @imaniperry: My advice: Share the work you find beautiful and meaningful more often than you announce your rejection of the work you dis…

RT @john_overholt: We’re really seeing the sickness at the heart of whiteness on full display. Being asked to do something so simple for th…

Saving this for that moment when I have to explain to my mother why I am not getting on an airplane to come see her. https://twitter.com/BrynnTannehill/status/1277211131430535168

It’s my right to breathe in a vacuum if I want!

RT @JulianChambliss: The latest episode of #ReframingHistory features @roopikarisam. My thanks to her for taking the time to talk with me a…