How many offices at Emory can we get to contribute to The Lap Blankets of Emory?
The Lap Blanket Faerie. We love her so much.
I am a professor, teaching at a university in the USA with a great residential undergraduate college.
I would love to hear from all of you out there who are either in college or going to be going at some point in the future: I am interested to hear from teens in particular.
I wonder whether changing forms of sociability won’t also change how we all interact with one another in educational sphere too?
Do you think the world of online education, and students’ familiarity now with texting, social media of all sorts, making friends virtually etc etc will change whether young people want to go to university or college to sit in classrooms with peers and hang out in dorms etc.?
And yet, college at least in the USA, is one of the most diverse settings that people ever experience (except perhaps for the military). Isn’t it a good thing to be in classes with people who grew up in different parts of the country, in different communities, classes, etc.?
Is there something special about sharing late night discussions, or parties etc together in real time in person? Or is this something that is going to go out of date with all the new forms of virtual social media? I am really interested in this.
I know that in part the residential college experience is one already defined by wealth, and prior access to good education. But I think this issue of how students are going to want to study will come to affect those elite institutions also.
I would love to hear from people.
Jonathan Ferrell, 24, walked half a mile to find help. Instead, the unarmed man was fatally shot by an officer of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
USA: What we get for our gun madness. Appalling.
A Voice from the South (Schomburg Library of 19th Century Black Women Writers) by Anna Julia Cooper
Considered one of the original texts foretelling the black feminist movement, this collection of essays, first published in 1892, offers an unparalleled view into the thought of black women writers in nineteenth-century America. A leading black spokeswoman of her time, Anna Julia Cooper came of age during a conservative wave in the black community, a time when men completely dominated African-American intellectual and political ideas. In these essays, Cooper criticizes black men for securing higher education for themselves through the ministry, while erecting roadblocks to deny women access to those same opportunities, and denounces the elitism and provinciality of the white women’s movement. Passionately committed to women’s independence, Cooper espoused higher education as the essential key to ending women’s physical, emotional, and economic dependence on men. [book link]
Onepoll.com questioned nearly 2,000 women who had gone back to work after having a baby. Half of them reported that they found attitudes changed as soon as they were pregnant. Even more felt their career progression had stalled once they went back to work, even though they felt they were working harder than ever. They found the attitude to flexible working was often unhelpful. This, as many new mothers already know, is what is being increasingly recognised as the baby penalty. Two generations after the rebirth of the women’s rights movement and equal pay legislation, progress seems to have stalled.
Martha Chumo, a 19-year-old self-taught programmer, was supposed to be in New York right now, honing her coding skills and mastering cutting-edge technologies in the company of fellow software enthusiasts.
Instead, she’s thousands of miles away, in her hometown of Nairobi, Kenya.
A few months ago, Chumo was accepted into the summer intake of Hacker School, a U.S.-based “retreat for hackers,” where budding programmers come together for three months to write code, learn new languages and share industry insights.
Whereas the programming boot camp was free to attend, Chumo still needed to find a way to cover her trip costs and buy a new laptop. Excited and determined, the young developer turned to online crowdsourcing platform Indiegogo for funds. She set a target of $4,200 and managed to raise nearly $5,800. All she needed then was a visa to travel to the United States.
Alas, this was not to be. As an unmarried adult who was not enrolled at university, Chumo was not eligible for a U.S. tourist visa because she couldn’t show sufficient “social ties” to Kenya to prove that she was planning to return home after attending Hacker School.*
But the U.S. consulate’s refusal only served to slightly alter the plans of this passionate coder.
"I thought if I can’t go to the hacker school, let me try to bring the school to me," says Chumo. "(Let me see) what can I do to start a school here."
Within minutes of her second visa request denial, on June 4, Chumo was calling her friends to announce that, “I’m starting a hacker school in Kenya!’
A few days later, she launched another Indiegogo campaign asking people to help her set up her own school for developers in Nairobi.
"I was so frustrated because I had applied to go to Hacker School; I got into it, I raised funds to go there, I had all these plans to read and learn for three months and then I’m not allowed to go — that’s how the idea for the school was born."
*For those who don’t know how hard the visa struggle for those of us with African passports is, this is just one of the ways that we are systematically denied opportunities. Meanwhile, tourists from many Western nations are free to visit many African countries without a visa and stay for up to 90 consecutive days in some of them.
But MAJOR props to Martha Chumo for taking up the initiative to create her own opportunities.
wow fuck US immigration policy and its closed-ass borders ‘n shit but damn that is the correct way to respond
"FINE. YOU DON’T WANT SMART PEOPLE TO COME AND HANG IN YOUR COUNTRY? THAT’S COOL IMMA START MY OWN SMART THING WHATEVER"
seriously what a hero.