Long days and nights this week.
Today was chock full of the unexpected. I went to an informational meeting about teaching a pilot course next fall. I'm nervous to move away from teaching what I know and generally enjoy, but change is good, right?
I went to see the Iraqi Memorial
presentation at one of the campus art galleries. Cue the intro to I <3 Huckabees
; that building made no sense, and I was wandering around for quite awhile. The exhibit was as striking and depressing as you might imagine. Then I did work for an hour before attending the first half of the related symposium, in which the artists spoke of their work. It bordered on being uncomfortable. I couldn't make up my mind about one artist, who kept referring to the "famous" Lion Hunts of Nineveh
, but I cannot find images of it anywhere.
I sat, sewed a patch in my jeans, then headed off to a philosophy department guest lecture. This building = more Huckabees
. I have no idea what the architect had in mind. In the talk, the professor was seeking to use a revision of Kantian ethics to argue our duty to promote animal welfare. Some things I didn't like (this hierarchical privileging of rational will, perhaps even the denial that other species have it), but on the whole I found it encouraging, and probably more compelling than Singer's utilitarianism.
At this point, I was feeling quite overstimulated, so I went to the coffeeshop and had a peppermint soy mocha. Don't know where that silliness came from, but it gave me some time to decompress, insofar as reading an article about the state's atrocious budgetary affairs can be said to be decompressing (maybe just remove the "com"), and then to seminar. Here's a quote from a novel we didn't read:"Touch of lip, touch of hand, touch of body to make a oneness with her, purging and purifying him to make him like a child again, not rediscovering but discovering a butterfly resting on a flower, a certain motion of leaf in wind, a particular note of purling water."
- Sam Selvon, Those Who Eat the Cascadura
I miss the water, but the atmosphere this morning had a chill and humidity and a watery luminosity reminiscent of my homeland, and that was something so nice I even relished my frozen fingers.
Okay, lesson planning and bedtime.