So much of what you write here is so familiar.

In my case it's been gender (that is, not being the right kind of gendered body prepared to worship men, and intersecting with physical disability.

You know, if we who either never got into a tenure track job, or who got that far at least but never grasped that tenure ring (it kept moving away ever so slightly), we could fully staff an entire university with the best minds of a generaion or three.

It would very likely be the most diverse (in terms of racial, ethnic, gender, class, and dis/abled body attributes) set of faculty, with research agendae on the cutting edge of inquiry, producing most diverse approaches to subject matter you can imagine.

Such a university, properly funded, would very likely become a key leader in stransforming the curriculum into a body of work essential to the survival of humanity in the next several generations.

Alas, of course, all that is pure fantasy.

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Georgia NeSmith

Georgia NeSmith

Retired professor, feminist, writer, photographer, activist, grandmother of 5, overall Wise Woman. Phd UIA School of Journalism & Mass Communication, 1994.