Mary Anne Mohanraj

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April 22 -- 8:06 PM

Forsythia in the ground, just before dusk. Triumph! It is too dark to take photos for you yet, but tomorrow, you will see how lovely the golden blooms are, silhouetted against the deep blue of the garage. Kudos to Kevin for digging The Big Hole. I used to angst because he never brought me flowers, but I have learned that a man who is willing to dig for you is plenty romantic enough.

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April 22 -- 6:38 PM

I have confirmed that I do, in fact, have jury duty tomorrow. My first! Excited. Am looking over the guidelines, and am thankful to see that jurors are exempt from the court's electronic device ban. Whew. Anyone know if there's free wifi in the Rolling Meadows jury assembly room? It'd be great if I could spend a few hours churning through backlogged e-mail. But in case not, I will bring headphones and see if I can actually get some writing done. And in case that doesn't work either, I will bring books to read, electronic and otherwise.

Any other tips for a productive day of jury duty? It says to bring change for vending machines, but doesn't say to bring lunch. Do they provide lunch? How likely is it that I'll be able to get chai lattes? Yes, first world problems. I am, I repeat, excited by the opportunity to do my citizenly duty. Seriously!

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April 21 -- 10:34 AM

This weekend in Chicago, I'll be on this C2E2 panel:

Opening the Clubhouse Doors: Creating More Inclusive Geek Communities
Date: Friday, April 25
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Location: S401CD

As visibility of fans, creators and organizers from marginalized communities increases, geek communities are having more discussions about diversity, tokenism and re-examining just how “welcoming” geek spaces are. This moderated panel will discuss what “diversity” in geek culture means, what it looks like, and why it’s necessary. Panel sponsored in part by the Chicago Nerd Social Club.

Mary Robinette Kowal, Karlyn Meyer, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Jeff Smith, Scott Snyder

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April 21 -- 10:27 AM

UIC and community folks: You are cordially invited to join us for the Asian American Studies Expo today (Mon 4/21), which celebrates the program and the accomplishments of our undergraduate students, including graduating minors. The Expo showcases exhibits from Asian American Studies classes and key program initiatives like the Community Engagement Project. Recipients of the ASAM Expo Grants for critical and creative work present their research in a variety of forms and fields, from spoken word poetry to cookbooks, from scientific research to photography and more. Please join us for this end-of-year celebration!

4 - 6 p.m.
Student Center East, Room 302 (Tower)
Light refreshments will be served

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April 20 -- 9:22 PM

I think I'm ready with my lecture notes / questions for tomorrow's observed class discussion. I've never actually had a lit class observed before, and am a bit nervous. If anyone wants to offer tips, please do. I am fretting about how to structure the class so it's not boring for the colleague observing. Usually we spend 10-15 minutes in small groups, and I find that really useful, but it can't be fun to observe. It's a 100-level Women and Lit. class, with about 20 students, 50 minutes, and we'll be discussing the first few pages of Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

I do mostly think it will be fine, though. :-)

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