“Thinking and talking-through
what some thing or somebody
is saying requires a converse-
ation. That’s a good thing.”
“Conversation” at one point
meant “life-style.” Manner
of living. Behavior. Turn, turn,
“That’s a conversation we
should have,” said a former
faculty meetings. “Yes, but
“We need to have a conversation
about so & so ” says a faculty
member raising a hand, bracketing
the possibility of converse-action:
down the line some other time as if
a dance, desport —jumps, leaps
toward frontiers yet unknown.
Unlike Agenda, Conversation is
unscripted. Call & Response.
Live converse as opposed to dead.
An emergent phenomenon.
The Conversation made me
say it, I realize—walking
away, educed, seduced.
How do I know what I think
until I hear what I have to
say, see what I write till
I see myself writing it? .
We need to have a
need to have.
A former evangelical student
countered my invitation to discuss
Creationism & Evolution as
Complementary Ways of Talking
rather than Either One or the Other:
Can’t Have IT both ways.:
“ Well, Sam, we need to have a
conversation about how we’re
going to talk about this before we
talk about this,” says David, savvy
to the value of conversation about
conversation as a matter of shared
contextual frame-working, environ-
mental awareness, knowing that
media is as much the message as
the message is: more, if ignored. .
We never had the conversation or the
conversation about the conversation,
but that brief exchange serves me
anecdotally in efforts to persuade
students that talking about how
we talk and talking about how
we might be talking about
how we talk is essential
to building a place for
Essential for argument across the
classroom if not across the curriculum,
which apparently is course of another color.