Journal Article — Introduction: This Bridge We Are Building: “Inner Work, Public Acts” — by Chris Bobel, Tim Sieber, Karen L. Suyemoto, Shirley Tang, and Ann Torke

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The symposium for which this is an introduction arose like a flower out of soil usually not known for nourishing vibrant, critical intellectual reflections: routine university governance committee work. All authors have been co-members for two years of the Diversity Committee, of the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Sciences and Mathematics, at the University of Massachusetts Boston. While it is true that most of us share wider intellectual and programmatic collaborations outside this committee, it was genuinely the task of doing our committee work that gave impetus to this panel. For this symposium, we used as an inspiration and foundation Gloria Anzaldúa’s chapter “now let us shift…the path of conocimiento…inner work, public acts” in this bridge we call home: radical visions for transformation (Anzaldúa & Keating, 2002). Because our contributions to the symposium are so strongly based within the description of this path offered by Anzaldúa, we outline it in this introduction for those unfamiliar with this particular work. This will be followed by five individual essays written by Karen Suyemoto, Ann Torke, Tim Sieber, Chris Bobel and Shirley Tang, who will each engage with Anzaldúa notion of “the path of conocimiento.” The symposium of articles will end with a dialogue among us on some of the questions and issues that emerged from the symposium.

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Bobel، Chris, Tim Sieber, Karen L. Suyemoto, Shirley Tang, and Ann Torke. 2006. “Introduction: This Bridge We Are Building: “Inner Work, Public Acts”.” Pp. 333-338 in Re-Membering Anzaldúa: Human Rights, Borderlands, and the Poetics of Applied Social Theory: Engaging with Gloria Anzaldua in Self and Global Transformations (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume IV, Special Issue, 2006.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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