December SDIS NEWS
SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2014 1:30 - 3:30PM
Further information on the speaker and topic for the January Meeting will be forthcoming. Although there is no updating of the newsletter, Scholars Notebook, for December, you may check the individual Study Group tabs for any updates on meeting dates and times. Future topics are outlined, as well as providing a contact person.
From the President
Sometimes when quiet moments linger and thoughts wander from the mundane I do reflect on the usefulness of what I do and what interests me. I know I take pleasure in learning. I am not paid to do it so I am not beholden to anyone's criteria but my own. I try to form my own judgments so I like to believe that frees me to think as I will. I call this independent scholarship but I do so with a degree of unease; I feel more must be said. In a very direct way I sense an inadequacy of communication.
A CLEARER UNDERSTANDING
After years of conversation within SDIS, especially at Colloquy Café Study Group meetings, the reality sinks in that important words and phrases can convey quite different meanings to different people. This is not a rare occurrence. At the Café this phenomenon is regular fare. Alas, I believe it is true too for the phrase "independent scholarship." I suggest we'd all be better off if this phrase, including its various perceived meanings, were understood more clearly and more widely. I personally believe independent scholarship has greater potential than is now evident, so I suggest strongly that this is well worth our collective attention. I'll here present some speculative thoughts along these lines. I will also invite your comments.
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