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Teaching Beauty and Power through the film “The Beauty Academy of Kabul” 

Recently, I came across an article by Mimi Thi Nguyen called "The Biopower of Beauty: Humanitarian Imperialisms and Global Feminisms in an Age of Terror," which functions as an excellent companion piece to Liz Mermin’s documentary film, The Beauty Academy of Kabul. In this article, Nguyen describes how the “biopower of beauty” is operationalized “in …

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DIS 2012 Workshop: Slow Technology: Critical Reflection and Future Directions 

DIS 2012 Workshop: Slow Technology: Critical Reflection and Future Directions (June 12, 2012, Newcastle, UK) Website: Deadline for workshop submissions: March 20, 2012 In their seminal article on Slow Technology, Hallnäs and Redström (2001) argue that the increasing availability of technology in environments outside of the workplace requires interaction design practice to be expanded from …

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Eurozone Re-Examined 

As European leaders meet in Davos this week, I have some advice for them and for policy makers and analysts. The current debt crisis in Europe has no fiscal solution. This is because at its root, it is not merely a fiscal problem. Imagine if Alexis De Tocqueville were alive today and traveled southbound in …

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CFP: 8th International Conference on Design and Emotion 

CFP: 8th International Conference on Design and Emotion CFP:  8th International Conference on Design and Emotion LONDON 2012 - OUT OF CONTROL 11th-14th September 2012 Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design CALL FOR PAPERS Dear Colleagues, The organising committee of the 8th International Design & Emotion Conference, London, 11th-14th September 2012, is very …

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Arts and Crafts Movement – an ethnographic perspective 

Recently I came across an interesting article about the Arts and Crafts movement that might be of interest to design educators or working on related subjects (e.g. technology studies, aesthetic theory). Written by Francis E. Mascia-Lees as part of an edited volume, the article draws on her ethnographic research among crafts people in the United …

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‘Possibility’ in Design 

Of late I have encountered quit a few articles, monographs, or lectures where design scholars have discussed notions of “possibility” in relation to critical analyses on design, which often focus on design as both a social construct and political category for organizing social action. In the process I have become fascinated by the frequent conceptual …

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Design Thinking and Social Change 

Clay Shirky’s recent publication, Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age, provides a number of critical insights for thinking about the relationship between participatory technologies and social change. In this accessible but provocatively argued book Shirky provides a historical context for reflecting on (largely Western) society’s changing relationship with the mass media—defined here …

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The Floating University teams up with NYPL 

The New York Public Library has teamed up with The Floating University to provide NYPL patrons access to The Floating University's inaugural course "Great Big Ideas". People not affiliated with the New York Public Library can gain access to these interesting courses for $495. That may not be an affordable price for everyone, but considering …

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Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference 

I have been enamored with Skype for years now for letting me call overseas for free, and I was genuinely impressed to take part in a webinar recently.  But the Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference takes digital discussion to a whole other level. Thanks to the founding sponsorship of the School of Library and Information …

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Digital Humanities in Action: Transcribe Bentham 

Are you a philosophy enthusiast? A fan of the panopticon? And utilitarianism? Or do you just like old manuscripts?  Even if none of these appeal to you whatsoever, you could still be a volunteer for a very exciting project with the University College London, Transcribe Bentham. This is a crowdsourcing initiative with the goal of …

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“Power, Knowledge, and Fear” in the Library 

A Google image search for "action figure" brings up over a million pictures of little plastic toys, ranging from typical superheros and rock stars to Jesus, Van Gogh with a patched-up ear and easel, a Hillary Clinton action figure/nutcracker, and Barack Obama fighting Darth Vader.  As these examples demonstrate, the action …

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Check This Out: Ethnocharettes 

For those interested in developing courses that integrate ethnographic methodologies and social theory with the modeling practices of designers I suggest checking out the innovative work of the University of California Irvine's Center for Ethnography.

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Design Education and Sustainability 

Ideas to Think With: Marcel Vellinga and the Anthropology of Sustainable Architecture For design educators interested in the increasingly intersecting areas of sustainability, cultural politics, and the built environment, Marcel Verllinga’s article “Anthropology and the Challenges of sustainable architecture” provides a number of critical insights for challenging popular assumptions about architecture. In this article Vellinga …

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Dear Great Teachers, Thanks for Teaching Us. 

For this back to school season, TBD is hosting ThanksForTeaching.Us, a 30 day campaign to recognize amazing teachers all over the world. Feel free to post about teachers who have inspired you or check out the letters for ideas in your own classroom, such as quoting Simpsons episodes to demonstrate the relevancy of pop culture …

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Managing Technology in Higher Education : Strategies for Transforming Teaching and Learning 

Title: Managing technology in higher education : strategies for transforming teaching and learning. Authors: Bates, A.W. (Tony) and Sangra, Albert Publisher:  Jossey-Bass Call number: LB2395.7 .B376 2011 From the Publisher: Universities continue to struggle in their efforts to fully integrate information and communications technology within their activities. Based on examination of current practices in technology integration at 25 …

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Time to “Rhee”sign? 

On August 21, 2011 the New York Times published an article written by Michael Winerip entitled "Eager for Spotlight, but Not if It Is on a Testing Scandal". The article profiles the spotlight-hungry Michelle Rhee, former Washington, DC schools Chancellor and founder of StudentsFirst, the highly data-driven, education reformer-beloved "student" advocacy group. Specifically, Winerip revealed …

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DOE and Hedge Funds: Sneaky Pants? 

The New York Times broke a story this morning about Iowa Senator Charles Grassley (R) and his suspicion that the DOE and certain hedge funds have become closer than just friends. The article details how Grassley and other government officials are looking into this relationship over allegations that staff at the DOE slipped government information …

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HR: A Diamond in the Rough 

Recently, as I was perusing industry articles, I stumbled on one that I thought I would share with you all simply because it was further reinforcement for me in terms of making the right decision to pursue a career in HR.  The Article, titled, Why Did We Ever Go Into HR?, gives an interesting look …

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Fighting Over Space: Charters vs. Public Schools 

This past May the NAACP brought suit against the New York City Department of Education claiming that charter schools are disenfranchising public schools and the children who attend them. Some of the reasons for the suit are included in an official statement from the NAACP: New York schools have increasingly co-located charter schools inside existing …

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Need some mid-summer inspiration? 

The summer solstice may just have occurred, but to me it sure feels as if the summer has been full swing for a while now. Maybe you're taking some summer classes or working on your thesis or dissertation and could use a little inspiration. Or maybe the mid-summer doldrums have struck, and you're trying to …

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