Why Geography?

Earlier this week, Melissa (of the lovely blog, Mending Creation) responded to the Academic Writing and Scholar-Activism post with a question about why I chose Geography as my field/discipline. I’ve been feeling particularly positive about Geography lately, so this is a good time to reflect on the choice to do work in this discipline. Bear with me; this is going to be […]

Academic Writing and Scholar-Activism

Posts have been a bit more infrequent than usual here on the blog because I’ve been writing up a storm in the world of academics and, quite frankly, I’m pooped! Last week I spent intensively working on getting a draft of the paper for my talk this year at the annual geographer’s conference (AAG). Another project I’m […]

Having Children, Having a Career…Having it All (Part 3)

To continue the childrearing series, I wanted to think through the subject of how women having children and having a career fit together. If you missed Part 1 and Part two, hop on over and read them and I’d love your comments/thoughts/reactions. There have been a flurry of articles lately claiming that women can’t ‘have it all’ (or […]

Lying flat on the floor or, where is that breaking point, really?

I have a lot going on right now. Somehow I thought since I wouldn’t be teaching this quarter, I’d have this wide, open expanse for dissertation writing. I imagined leisurely mornings of tea drinking, oatmeal eating, and writing. I have been doing a lot of writing, actually. I’m working on a paper for publication from […]

On Blogging and Public Vulnerability

At the eleventh hour, I got the eighth spot in our department’s professional writing seminar, taught by the inspiring Professor Victoria Lawson. To be frank, I’ve been downright giddy at getting to take the class. First of all, it’s a class that is notoriously useful and sought-after in our department. Throughout the quarter, you write and workshop an article for […]

Book Review of “Zooland: The Institution of Captivity”

Thank you all for your thoughtful responses to the post on marriage and childrearing. I’d love to hear more thoughts on this subject from everyone as it can be topic that draws out strong opinions one way or another. And I’ll definitely be posting another post on this topic soon. In the meantime, though, I […]

Geography, Decolonization and Inspiration

I imagine I’ll come up for air sometime soon. It is week nine of eleven of the quarter, which means that the pressure is on…Grading, squeezing in student meetings, reading and planning for class, trying to fit everything in before the end of the quarter, and so on. This quarter, things are intensified by the […]

Thinking Animal Emotion in the Midst of Teaching

The quarter is in full swing, which means that teaching has completely absorbed my time and energy. Amazingly, the class has remained full and the students for the most part all seem engaged. It is so exciting to hear their ideas about the readings and watch as their thoughts shift and evolve with the material […]

Our Hen House Workshop at the UW

Today we have the pleasure of having Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan from Our Hen House here in Seattle to do a workshop at the University of Washington. It should be a fun and productive conversation! If you’re around and would like to join us, please do! Details here: When: Friday October 12, 2012; 12:00-2:00pm Where: […]

Teaching in Fall (and More Generally)

For as long as I can remember, my dad (a university English professor) has said that faculty in the English department stumble around in shock at the beginning of fall term — shock that (suddenly!) the school year has begun and shock that (suddenly!) the summer is over and there is a whole different set of responsibilities. When I was […]