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Epilogue: Ten Years Later

Anne Beaufort Utah State University Press ePub

I sweated through the work of this research project alone. But I always knew I must go back to Carla, Tim’s freshman writing teacher, for two reasons: Her read of the manuscript would be another means to triangulate the data, and I owed her the right to comment on my analyses and interpretations of her courses. So I sent her the manuscript when it was a solid second draft. What resulted was a five-hour conversation that we agreed to tape and use as the basis for this epilogue. Here, you may read the edited version of the transcript, which we collaborated on. The italicized portions represent those sections I felt were most germane to the arguments of this book.

Anne: What were some of your thoughts when you read the manuscript?

Carla: Tim was atypical in some important ways. He was really good at expressive writing. That was where his talent was. Each student has his own particular strengths and weaknesses as a writer and usually you need their strengths to find their weaknesses as well. So, yeah, he was not uniquely talented as an expressive writer, but talented, and really enjoyed it. So it doesn’t surprise me that he ran into some conflicts as he got further into his majors.

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How Detroit Was Reborn The Inside Story of Detroit’s Historic Bankruptcy Case

Gayle Reaves, Editor UNT Press ePub
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Cruising the Library: Perversities in the Organization of Knowledge

Decker, Juilee Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ePub

Review

Museums and Innovations

Edited by Zvjezdana Antos, Annette B. Fromm, and Viv Golding. New Castle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017. 249 pages. ISBN: 9781443812689.

Reviewed by Kirsten Belisle, Collections Manager, Dubois Museum & Wind River Historical Center, 909 W. Rams Horn St., Dubois, WY; kirsten.belisle.a@gmail.com

An aptly titled book, Museums and Innovations brings together 16 essays that unite theories with practical applications for exhibition construction as related to increasing meaning making in a globalized world. These essays discuss how demands placed on the museum field by ever-evolving societies have created the need for a new museology focused on moral activism and deeper community engagement. Each essay stresses the idea that museums must address each group of people in their communities—be they part of the majority, minority, resident, or migrant populations—through exhibitions. In addition, the constant theme of innovation and the critical approach to current museology make up for the occasional paragraph in this book overburdened by colloquial terms and jargon. Still, this book’s strength lies in the extremely detailed case studies included in each essay that provide extensive overviews of problems faced by these institutions and the ultimate solutions they created in their quest to serve their communities.

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A Note From the Guest Editors

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ePub

Emily Clark and Greg Lambousy

The aim of this special issue A Note from the Guest Editors of Collections is twofold. It exploits the potential of Louisiana’s colonial documents to illuminate some of the rewards and challenges of the Atlantic World paradigm—a relatively recent way of researching, writing and thinking about the era that began when Europe, Africa, and the Americas encountered one another and were drawn into dynamic currents of economic, cultural, and political exchange between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries. The Atlantic World gave birth to the transatlantic slave trade, the Columbian Exchange, and racial hierarchies. It ended with the abolition of slavery and the spasm of rebellions against European power marked by the American and Haitian Revolutions and Latin American independence movements. The Atlantic World was a transnational phenomenon, and although it overlaps what represented the colonial period for much of North America, its history is not easily told from the perspective of any one of the major colonial European powers that exercised sovereignty there. For this reason, the colonial records of Louisiana, which was held by both France and Spain, offer a particularly illuminating case study of the legacies of the Atlantic World in American archives. An ambitious project, undertaken by the Louisiana State Museum, to digitize these records has drawn renewed attention to their importance and their potential to contribute substantially to the growing field of Atlantic history. (This project is scheduled for completion in 2016.)

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Chapter 4: Becoming Well-Spoken

Fleming, Carol Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Being well-spoken sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? It puts us in a certain class of people who appear to be polished and verbally competent, fluent, gracious, and proper. We all want to be well-spoken, because we know that (1) we judge people by the way they speak, and (2) we want to make a good impression.

To be well-spoken is to be articulate, fluent, and courteous.

Articulate means speaking in a way that is well-formed, clear, and sounds like we mean what we say. It also implies an extensive vocabulary that’s appropriate to the situation. The words people use carry information about their intelligence, socioeconomic background, and educational level. The specificity of our vocabulary reveals the distinctions our mind is capable of making. This is why a vocabulary test is a part of almost every intelligence test and why we care about it so much.
Fluent means having words come to us easily and flow effortlessly. There are few extraneous words, sounds, or comments (e.g., ahhh, okay, ya know) that get in the way of straightforward communication. We sense that thought has preceded speaking. Sentences are also well-shaped to easily convey meaning and a consideration of the person being spoken to and a respect for the time of all concerned.

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