Friday, April 12th, from 4-8pm at Teachers College (ZB214)
Hello everyone; please inscribe it into your appointment-registration devices: in observation of the 125th anniversary of Teachers College and the 9th issue of ecogradients.com, Toward a Poetics of Measurement will feature presentations/discussions of subversive intelligibilities and/as creative responses to the corporatization of education. Some refreshments will be provided by Teachers and Students for a Public Voice; presentations will begin at 4:30 sharp. Our featured presentations will include:
Gabe Turow, Fear is not for Man ~ on the antinomy between anxiety and education;
Patrick Scanlon, Interruptures ~ accidental curriculae & anti-assessment;
Deneb Valereto, Fear and Loathing in Academicism ~ intellectual emetics and epistemological parasitism;
Michael Kim, Hyperrealities ~ in the education of the returning postmodern veteran;
Paul McLean, If I could learn... ~ incorporation in the era of education.
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The question is not whether theory can be embodied in a practice or performance, whether theater is up to the task of doing theory. The question is what kind of performance, what kind of theater, has theory always been? Can we do theory with our bodies? Of course. Can we do theory without our bodies? That is, if we may say so, a theoretical question—a question for some body to ask while it is busy theorizing. What does this business en- tail? (And why does it elude us, so that we would have to remember, reclaim or reform it? And conversely why does it feel so odd to notice?) If we catch ourselves, in flagrante delicto, it is natural to look back, sneak a peak, as if to see where we tripped.
The following is a fragmentary rewriting of Martin Luther’s famous 95 Theses undertaken by a graduate student at Teachers College, sometime in the early 21st century, but never completed due to lack of funding…
Bill Gates recently released the latest of his annual letters, reporting on the status of of his massive philanthropic organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The subject of the letter is ‘measurement’, and it begins by discussing the various challenges that the Gates Foundation has overcome in its attempts to improve health care globally, eradicate polio, and etc., with a focus on “innovations in measurement”. Gates confides in us that, despite the simplicity of the basic concept of effective measurement (“you set a clear goal and find a measure that will drive progress toward that goal-in a feedback loop”), he finds it “amazing … how often it is not done and how hard it is to get right.”