Thursday, March 4, 2010

The other thing I've been trying to get done

Is happening today. I don't know if any of you have been tracking the series of events happening at college campuses across the nation today to remind people of the importance of publicly-funded higher education, but we're having a teach-in and rally here on my campus, and I've been part of the (very small but tremendously efficient) organizing committee. We talked about it and figured that we're teachers, and what we do best isn't carrying placards (although that has its place) or shouting slogans (although that, too, has its place) but rather teaching, so we have four faculty members on a panel talking about the California Master Plan, the politics of funding higher education, and the directions that our new models are taking us (a hint: they're not good). Then we'll be taking lots of questions.

The really cool (and terrifying) bit is that we're streaming this puppy live. Today, from 10:30-11:45. And we'll archive it, too. We're also going to be reading email questions to the panelists during the question and answer period. So, should you happen to see this, and should you happen to be interested, here's the url with the link to the teach-in (I checked, and my co-organizers said I could share):

http://www2.csusm.edu/cfa/

I don't usually advertise things like this, but this issue of publicly-funded higher education is an important one (I admit, I'm biased), and I think it's all too often swept under the rug or misunderstood. I hope with all of my heart that today's events -- not just here, but everywhere -- will change that just a little bit.

I'm wearing my new sweater for luck, and I'll be reading out those email questions, so let's hope I don't say something silly or misread something crucial. And once this is done, I'll be past my last big hurdle for a while.

13 comments:

KnitNana said...

Thinking of you, but I'm pretty sure it's over now. I'm sure you did a great job!

Downtime...I think a nice lace shawl is in order on your queue?
(((((hugs)))))

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Good luck!

FUZZARELLY said...

My own state of Indiana, as well as my sister-state of Kentucky, are cutting funds to higher education in their budgets.

A more short-sighted plan for the future I cannot imagine.

So, good for you!

Lynne said...

Hope it all goes well. You deserve the "down time".

Rachel said...

I hope you will be successful as this is so very important!

twinsetellen said...

Blast - I hate that I missed this. Next time, don't be shy about emailing us all. I hope it went well and you influenced the public thinking.

Gwen said...

I'll be looking for it archived. Kiddo's school had an emergency drill today, except of course this is real, not a drill. Wish I wasn't at work.

Bea said...

Very cool! I hope it went well!!

(PS. I gave you a little award...don't feel obligated, I know you are busy! http://bea-blacksheep.blogspot.com/2010/03/beautiful-blogger-award.html)

AlisonH said...

The sweater is beautiful! I hope you all got heard loud, clear, and widely. Our kids are the only future we have.

EGunn said...

I can see why you've been busy! Sounds like an important project, though. I didn't catch the message in time, but I hope everything went well!

Mary Lou said...

Hope it all went well. Sorry I missed, it I would have checked it out. Now go relax.

Rachael said...

I missed the broadcast, but I hope it went well! Good for you for standing up for what's right. I know there is a crazy amount of work involved in something like this so now you deserve to take time to go knit some lace! :-)

twinsetjan said...

I trust it went GREAT. Congratulations and thanks for your effort on this!!