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litsci-l-digest        Tuesday, October 5 2004        Volume 01 : Number

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     Fwd: re: childcare at SLS 2004
     CAE lunch at SLSA (Fri, Oct 15, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm)


Date: Sun, 03 Oct 2004 21:12:58 -0400
From: "Wayne Miller" 
Subject: Fwd: re: childcare at SLS 2004

[Note: If you're interested in childcare at all, please contact Nancy or
I'm waiting on word from the Durham Marriott on options they might know
of. Wayne]

If any of you are traveling to SLS with children under 2 years old and =
any ideas about making child care arrangements, please contact me. I am
traveling with my one-year-old and would like to either swap child care
go in together to find someone especially for Saturday pm. Please call
at 518 272-4989 or email Nancy Campbell

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Date: Tue, 05 Oct 2004 19:12:52 -0400
Subject: CAE lunch at SLSA (Fri, Oct 15, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm)

Hello all,

As some of you are no doubt aware, I am organizing a discussion of what
become known as the "Steve Kurtz Case" at the upcoming SLSA meeting.

(For a summary of the case please see the lit-sci archives at 
.  A 
more comprehensive history can be found at . 
For more on Critical Art Ensemble, the collective to which Kurtz belongs

and whose texts have generated much of the government's indictments of
artistic practice, please see , where, among 
other things, you can check out full-text PDFs of all of CAE's books.)

Once again, I would like to extend an invitation to all interested to 
attend this informal discussion of the issues surrounding the case and 
their ramifications for those of us who operate at the borders of 
traditional disciplines and call into question the notion of "bona fide 
research practices."

I am pleased to announce that joining us for the discussion will be
Perini, an MFA student in the Media Studies Department at the University
Buffalo and a collaborator of Kurtz's.  She has had direct experience
the ongoing FBI investigation and was subpoenaed to testify before a
jury regarding her relationship to Kurtz and his projects.  I have put 
online an article she wrote for a UB graduate publication, which you can

read at the following links:

page 1: 
page 2: 
page 3: 

(I apologize for the extraordinarily low-tech pdfs.)

In addition to Ms. Perini's input,I will briefly introduce the topic and

another UB graduate student, who is also an emergency medical technician
Buffalo, will be on hand to discuss the city's response to the situation

and the events that led to the investigation's inclusion of federal 
authorities.  Rather than delivering an analysis of the event, my goal
to generate a discussion of the potential impact of the case.  Your 
participation will be greatly appreciated.

Note: unfortunately I will be unable to provide lunch.  My hope was that

this could be a "brown bag" affair, but the hotel catering staff has 
informed me that outside food is not allowed on the premises.  While the

catering options are no doubt reasonable insofar as such things go, as a

graduate student I am unable to front the money for boxed lunches for an

unknown number of people.  I realize that this may make the meeting 
problematic, but I hope that we can have a worthwhile discussion in 45 
minutes to an hour, leaving some time for people to grab a bite to eat 
before the afternoon sessions.  Alternatively, we might be able to find
restaurant suitable for our purposes, although I have not met with any 
success with this approach from afar.  (As of now the plan is to hold
meeting in the room where we will have the business lunch on Saturday.)

Despite this obstacle, I hope you find time to familiarize yourself with

this important matter and to come to the discussion ready to express

If you have any questions, please feel free to send them my way at


Benjamin Robertson
Teaching Assistant
University at Buffalo

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