Celebrating each others' work and our own, and especially thinking together today about the knowledge we each bring into being is the collective project here, our SF feminist community.
So listen as carefully as you speak, because active listening is as necessary to collective thought. If someone else says something you intended to say, then -- thinking on your feet -- find another something to say that is a unique bit of your own work instead.
Focusing exercises for presenting:
1) find your favorite paragraph in the paper. Put a star next to it.
2) write down what you are most proud of in this paper.
3) put an arrow next to the place you think best describes the argument of the course.
4) write down your favorite reading and be prepared to say what element of its ANALYSIS made it special for you.
WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN TO SPEAK:
pick out two of these to share.
Focus on analysis -- of the course, readings, experiences, realizations -- especially, although feelings and politics have important places too.
Be mindful of the time -- we want to allow time for everyone in the class to speak today -- give some real details: don't be too general. Do show off the hard thinking you are capable of. Make sure what you say is special and unique.
And may we keep running into each other, over and over, in friendship and connection and intellectual community and joyful living!