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Originally posted on @PaulGordonBrown:The first ever National Adjunct Walkout Day was this past Wednesday, a day I also happened to be teaching as an adjunct faculty member.  I didn’t walk out of my class, but I did use the first few minutes of class to…
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Day 3, #SOL15: on writing, blogs, blogging & bloggers' block
…About writing and blogging. Yeah, it's so very meta but so what? This blog's name, Work and Life , is not without irony. Although still alive, I am retired in a culture that defines and values individuals occupationally, by their work. In a sense, blogging...
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Originally posted on PROGRESSNOW NM:Students across New Mexico are planning to walkout of classes Monday en masse to protest high-stakes standardized testing they say have little or no correlation to curriculum in the classroom but are closely connected…
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And so #SOL15 begins
Motivated by Kevin's example, I tried the March challenge last year -- or was going to and either got sidetracked early or fell off the wagon -- but can't remember which. Then there was a daily blog challenge in November. I was holding on until my internet ...
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#NAWD  and #afterNAWD  media notes, pt 2 via @harmonygritz
 
(2 of 2) The next round will be interesting. Everybody's awake, whether pro or con on #NAWD  itself.

#highered   #faculty   #labor   #contingentlabor   #adjunct  
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#NAWD  media notes, p t1 via @harmonygritz
 
(1 of 2) National #Adjunct  Walkout Day got a lot of reaction in some venues, very little in others.

Based on what I saw across the several media,  #NAWD  activity varied widely across the #CalState  system's 23 campuses. (So-called "right-to-work" states take heed: Cal State faculty have a bargaining agreement in place, so campus faculty could show solidarity but not actually walk out.)

#labor   #contingentlabor   #faculty   #highered  
Adjunct college and university faculty staged a National Adjunct Walkout Day this week to draw attention to their contingent status. While discontent among the adjunct community has been brewing for decades, in recent years and months, grassroots efforts have sparked the unionization and social media campaigns that resulted in Wednesday's unprecedented day of action.
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Originally posted on TWO WRITING TEACHERS:Welcome to the 8th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! Whether you write every day or haven’t written in a long time, I am glad you are here! If you’re participating in the individual Slice of Life Story…
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Originally posted on Bryan Alexander:Today a fine college, a splendid campus where many of my friends work, announced it will close.  Sweet Briar College, founded in 1901, will cease operations at the end of this year.  As its president states, “the class…
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#SOL15 Day 2: the week before this one
Last week -- and to be honest -- months before, I've been involved with an advocacy project that you probably read about if you work in higher education; if not, then probably not although it did make Slate, The Atlantic, Washington Post, the PBS News Hour ...
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Great read and lots of info... digital literacy 
There's not a doubt in my mind that technology has changed our world. Information is created, shared, and evaluated differently. People connect, communicate, and go about their daily lives in new ways with the use of technolo...
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#OER  and affordable textbooks at #CSU  ~ via +George Station 
 
Looks like good news on the affordable & #OER   #textbook  front in the #CalState  system (or at least very interesting news). Thirteen of 23 campuses are mentioned here.

I haven't heard a peep around my own campus, #CSUMB  but would like to know if our library is involved. I suspect it might be but we don't always hear about things in our own backyard. Duly noted that the link is to a press release, and I'd prefer a more complete conversation.

+CSU Monterey Bay Library +Steve Watkins +Kathlene Hanson +Jacqueline Grallo +Marc Oehlman 
Libraries engage professors with showcase of high-quality OpenStax College textbook options that could potentially save CSU students millions each year.
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#onthisday  in 1897, the almost 500 years old Merina Kingdom in  Madagascar ended, when the French general Joseph Gallieni forced the last queen Ranavalona III to abdicate.

“Whether France will demand satisfaction, and show the insolent rulers of Madagascar the might of a European people, or whether she will let the opportunity pass by as she has done on former occasions, I can not take upon myself to conjecture. Time will show.“ (Ida Pfeiffer, “Trip to Madagascar”, 1862)


The sea is now the border of my rice paddy, ny ranomasina no valapariako, King Andrianampoinimerina proudly proclaimed after he had expanded his kingdom in the highlands of Madagascar across of most of the world’s fourth largest island, about half the size of the Midwestern US. Back then in 1794, Antananarivo became the island’s capital and the Merina people, of Austronesian descend and one of the at least 18 local ethnic groups, finally had carved out the top position in the struggle of factions that lasted for centuries. Interestingly enough, neither the Arabs nor, later, the Portuguese played any significant role in the local history of the rather conspicuous landmark on the trade routes of the Indian Ocean. Later colonial powers, the Dutch, French and British somehow ignored the place as well outside of a few insignificant trade posts. In the meanwhile, Andrianampoinimerina’s son and successor King Radama managed to play the French against the British during the Napoleonic Wars and it was not until the 1820s that the British put out the feelers from Mauritius, their new base in the Indian Ocean, in earnest towards the Malagasy East Coast, established a few sugar cane factories, suppressed slavery and slave trade, had the Bible translated into the local language and began to spread the Gospel. Queen Ranavalona, Radama’s wife who succeeded him in 1828, put an end to that, though.     

Over the more than 30 years of her reign, Ranavalona pursued an ambiguous policy of embracing European technology, military tactics and court customs, taking up the lead from her late husband to modernise her kingdom while keeping it out of European colonial designs, on the other hand she pursued a rigorous policy of purging Madagascar of any foreign influence that ended in a veritable terror regime and the death of 20% of the island’s population, a Queen of Hearts in a grim, weird Wonderland. Her son Prince Radama, later King Radama II, had already tried to conspire with the French towards an invasion, the base of the later French claims, but Ranavalona’s successor managed to keep all of the European powers out of Madagascar with a quite sophisticated alliance policy until the Berlin Conference of 1884/85 rang in the New Imperialism period and the division of the world in earnest. President Grévy negotiated that Madagascar became part of the French sphere of interest while the first invasion began already in 1883. 

In the same year, the 22-years old Ranavalona III ascended the throne of the Merina Kingdom of Madagascar. She was the niece of Radama II’s queen, had received a European education and tried, as all of her predecessors did, to play British against French interest. The Empire, however, was positively unwilling to intercede on behalf of Madagascar and anger the French into something of at least a global Cold War, let alone open conflict. Trying to turn to Bismarck, who had not the least interest in foreign adventures, and the US, who were far from ready to embark on one in the late 1880s, France openly annexed Madagascar in 1896 after another invasion that had begun a year earlier. General Joseph Gallieni forced Queen Ranavalona III to abdicate after the French Foreign Legion had quelled the last pocket of resistance on the large island and the legionnaires had died by the thousands of malaria. Ranavalona was, in modest luxury, interned in Algiers where she died in 1917 of a severe embolism at the age of 55. Madagascar remained a French colony until 1960.

Depicted below is a contemporary allegory of the French annexation of the Merina Kingdom in 1896/97 by Louis Bombled (1862 – 1927), part of a series of illustrations that covered the “Guerre à Madagascar“.

And more about Queen Ranavalona III and the last days of the Malagassy Merina Kingdom on:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranavalona_III

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