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When You All Write

What a pleasure, and what a privilege it is to be in this room.

One of my favorite sounds in the whole world is the sound of students typing.

I love the sound of students telling stories, bringing ideas to life, giving them depth, and sharpening their voices.

And I think for a moment of human specimens from hundreds of thousands of years ago, when they marked the first caves with their own unique storytelling symbols.

Did they know just how far their marks would go? Do we know how far our words might go?

Listen to us now.

What a pleasure, and what a privilege it is to be in this room.

J.T.

EPISODE 25 – LATINE OR LATINX

In our twenty-fifth episode, we chat with Madison Felman-Panagotacos, a researcher and doctoral candidate in the Spanish & Portuguese department at UCLA. Madison tells us about her teaching Latine instead of Latinx during her seminars for language students at UCLA, and how terms like “elles” can and do make a positive difference for non-binary people in the Latinx community. Check out the article we refer to from the New Yorker at this link: “Who Are You Calling Latinx?” And find Madison on Twitter at @mad_tacos_.

J.T.

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Pandemic in Los Angeles: Day 41

I want to take a moment through this series to recognize the myriad of teachers, professors, and other educators in Los Angeles whose herculean efforts to continue providing instruction to the many students relying on them are a clear show of the profound work they take part in on a daily basis during circumstances of all kind.

Only yesterday, I spoke briefly with an instructor who informed me that they “have no weekends,” as they do the work of lecturing, advising, and grading for three different classes with more than two dozen learners in each class all by themselves.

I marveled at the heroism in the professor’s voice, unbeknownst even to them as they told me of their troubles. Then I remembered a line by another professor, one of my favorites, from many years ago:

“Being a professor, is just like being in college for the rest of your life.”

Of course, it made perfect sense when she said it. And I can still remember thinking to myself, I can do that too.

So guess who’s looking at a credentialing program this morning. Our teachers need help! Let’s assure them more support is on the way.

J.T.

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