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theory, poetic praxis
Have you seen those lists that circulate on the Internet: You
might just be a _____ if you _____? My favorite is, You might
just be an academic if you can analyze the significance of appliances
that you cannot operate. And that's exactly the problem with
feminism and political coalitions. Feminists have brilliantly
analyzed coalitions, but they have not been able so far to operate
them. The novelists seldom employ coalition narratives. Instead,
they emphasize the role of individualism in women's participation
in state politics. In novels, women gain access to high politics
through men. Yet political action in the novels requires emotional
independence. Again and again, a renunciation of romance and
the conventional family is necessary before any woman character
Goodrich C. White Professor of English, speaking on "Deferrals
of Domain: Contemporary Women Novelists and the State,"
Institute of Women's Studies Colloquium Series, November 9, 2000
changing face of neuroscience
There's no question that disorders of the brain will become the
leading public health matter in this coming century. In fact,
they probably already are. Just consider the phenomenon of neurodegeneration.
Think of the classic neuro-degenerative disorders of the adult
and aging brain--Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and
others--and the degenerative diseases of childhood. Add to that
the increasing evidence that in many acute disorders there is
secondary, chronic neurodegeneration. For example, there is certainly
a penumbra around stroke, spinal cord injury, brain trauma, untreated
epilepsy, multiple sclerosis. Add that to the viral infections
of the nervous system like AIDS, drug abuse, and the neurodegeneration
that accompanies excessive use of alcohol and untreated depression.
And when you add those all together and realize the burden of
neurodegenerative diseases, they far exceed cancer today. And
these are all related disorders. They shouldn't be thought of
as psychiatric disorders or neurologic disorders--one or the
other--they're all brain disorders.
Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders
and Stroke, NIH, speaking on "The Changing Face of Neuroscience,"
January 10, 2001, sponsored by the Woodruff Health Sciences Center
needed for study sponsored by
the Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life
Psychology Professors Robyn Fivush and Marshall Duke are seeking
families to participate in their study of the role of story-telling
in child development and family well being . If you have a nine-
to twelve-year-old child and are interested in participating
in this research, please contact Rachel Robertson at 712-9508.