Fake Texts to Summarize. Unit 7, Post 1, Leen K

CHARACTERS: Skylar, Olivia, Emily Evans, and Leen.

(None of these texts were really sent, but I did this as a way to summarize the texts we circulated)

Plenary Reflection:

Exclamation Point: I am very interested in exploring the possibilities of using poetry as a legitimate and official form of political discourse in contrast to the weight and prestige given to the academic essay within the ‘Western’ canon.

Questionmark: and apologies for repeating this question for the millionth time, but, in regards to Sophia Petrovna, what sort of effect does having a narrator who is gullible to the regime have on the (Soviet/Russian) readers who obviously were aware of the brutalities and injustices taking place.

Unit 6 2/17 – Jack Lyons

“I believe the intellectual life of the whole of western society is increasingly being split into two polar groups” (3)

This reminds me of the Sapere Aude trip where Dr. Robb introduced to us how Plato thought a philosopher should be educated into a philosopher-king! This was a liberal arts education!

How then, just like we asked on Sapere Aude, did the intellectual and academic climate become so compartmentalized and what role does a liberal arts education have in mending this rift? Can it be mended?

I recognized game theory, Oxygen theory of combustion, the theory of plate tectonics, special and general relativity, natural selection, and quantum theory. As for experiments, I recognized Eratosthenes measuring the Earth’s circumference, Gregor Mendels’ genetics experiments, Marie Curry’s experiments with radioactivity, Newton’s light experiment, the Pavlovian conditioning experiment, Young’s wave experiment, and Millikan’s electron experiments.

Unit 6 Post 1- McNeill Franklin

(!)- “There is a moral trap which comes through the insight into a man’s loneliness: it tempts one to sit back, complacent in one’s unique tragedy, and let others go without a meal.” page 7 This quote really stuck out to me because it helped me understand those who are depressed and feel like they have no one. Reading this aided me in understanding the struggles and worries of some of my friends who suffer from depression or feel as if they are lonely.

(?)- “That total incomprehension gives, much more, pervasiley than we realise, living it, an unscientific flavor to the whole “traditional” culture, and that unscientific flavor is often, much more than we admit, on the point of turning anti-scientific.” page 11 This quote confused me because I am not so sure what it is saying. Is it claiming that things we do not usually associate with science are more closely affiliated than we think? This is a section of the text I want to unpack and think more deeply about. Everything does a science to it, so what are some examples that we do not think about?? (art, dance, history, literature?)

theories I recognized: Quantum theory, Second Law of Thermodynamics, Evolution by Natural Selection, Plate Tectonic theory, the Mathematical Tripos theory, Einstein’s theory of Relativity, and Radioactivity.

Experiments I recognized: Pavlov’s classical conditioning andRobert Millikan’s oil drop experiment.

Jack Lyons – Black Girl Linguistic Play

I found it interesting how the dancers, particularly CAB said that they had to go back into their childhood to a time before others told them there was something wrong or different about being black. The way these dancers parsed out a particular identity that they all shared and embodied it through dance was fascinating and really meshed well with what we have been doing in this unit from a kind of post-structural analysis. I am curious if the experience of black girls growing up in today’s world is different in, and if so how is it different?

McNeill Franklin- “Ethnic Notions”

In the documentary, “Ethnic Notions,” I decided to pay close attention to the section we already watched in class, about the minstrel shows, which proposed these observations:

Why would members of the black population humiliate and demote their status to one of complete degradation? They were not enslaved when these films were shot- and were not forced to do this… so why get volunteer yourself to publically demote your status like that?

These shows were described as a “doorway to opportunity.” What is this opportunity? One to get out of hunger, or an opportunity to plummet your status lower than it already is?

Minstrel shows were continued to be performed until the late 1970s. People could even consider other things to be compared to minstrel shows today. This awful and depressing history could still be continuing.

Unit 5 post 1- McNeill Franklin

“America is a society without any palpable relation to history, a society particularly ahistorical when it assumes it is ultra-historical.”- Birns

I do not understand how our society is “ahistorical.” We look at our past everyday, and that has influences the present. What am I not grasping?

I personally thought the Schneider reading was repetitive, and not as revolutionary as I was expecting it to be. To me, the passage seemed to be “trying too hard,” to make a subject sound more deep and obscure and abstract than it actually is.

“Indeed, remains become themselves through disappearance as well.”- 104

Unit 5 Post 1 – Jack Lyons


In the theater the issue of remains as material
document becomes complicated – necessarily
imbricated, chiasmatically, with the live body. For
the theater, to the degree that it is performative,
seems to resist remains. And yet, if theater refuses
to remain, it is precisely in the repeatedly live
theater or installation space that a host of recent
artists explore history – the recomposition of

? : Is this similar to the translation lecture in that a living document which is constantly retranslated reveals a greater and more transcendent truth.

! : A theater as a place in which history can be explored in the present living space.


The ultra-historicism of official memorials makes us
think the past is finished, when we still have the power to construct it.

? : If history can be constructed, though, then what is true? Should empiricism be left behind when discussing history?

!: Like the conception of history Dr. Denham brought up by Walter Benjamin!