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Dr. Jenn Ortegren
Assistant Professor of Religion at Middlebury College studying women, religion, and class in India. Amateur roti maker, music critic, and Tina Fey wannabe.
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nylah burton Aug 21
Hey y'all. If you know me, you know I very rarely insist on personal action re: climate crisis. But if you want to do something about the and the killing of Indigenous people, the easiest and most impactful thing you can do is stop eating beef. Let me explain.
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Dr. Jenn Ortegren Aug 22
Student asking me to look at their fellowship application: “If you have a chance, I’d love to get your feedback/merciless criticism.” I’m doing this thing right, right?
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Dr. Jenn Ortegren Aug 20
Replying to @AjayVerghese
Also, are those beers in the plural? What if it's just one?
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Dr. Jenn Ortegren Aug 19
Yesterday, read about detention camps for (mostly Muslims) in : This morning, I listened about lynchings of (mostly Muslims) in North . And none of this is even about ! It's gonna be a long week.
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Dr. Jenn Ortegren Aug 16
Replying to @ProfIRMF
Also, *Narayanan
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Dr. Jenn Ortegren Aug 16
Replying to @ProfIRMF
I use Vasudha Narayan's "Water, Wood, and Wisdom," which students like, as well as selections—usually on water—from *Hinduism and Ecology* and *Purifying the Earthly Body of God*. Can send PDFs if you're interested!
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Dr. Jenn Ortegren Aug 16
Replying to @MichaelJAltman
Then the re-reading becomes a reflection on not just the piece they’re reading, but the class more broadly. Have them re-read their first piece of writing about it too to see if they understand now what they didn’t then.
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Dr. Jenn Ortegren Aug 16
Replying to @MichaelJAltman
Why not use it for both? I find it really helpful to introduce difficult pieces at the beginning, have them write about what they do - and don’t! -understand, pull out basic ideas/terms to get us started, then have them re-read it at the end to show how much they learned!
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Dr. Jenn Ortegren Aug 15
Editing an article requires MUCH more than 200-300mg of per day.
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Dr. Jenn Ortegren Aug 14
On the cusp of having a biracial child (my first), I've been thinking a lot about how to talk about race, especially as my white family didn't have to. In addition to 's work, these interviews with are helpful.
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Dr. Jenn Ortegren Aug 12
Just me and four older white dudes in the Middlebury library this morning.
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Dr. Jenn Ortegren Aug 12
Replying to @AjayVerghese
It’s true. No one has ever understood anything that wasn’t a part of their own culture. Also, Arshagami’s political counterpart here would tell you you can’t understand the US cuz you’re an immigrant. So....better find a new job.
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Sanna Wani Aug 11
Check in on your Kashmiri Muslim friends today. It’s Eid (either today or tomorrow, depending on where you are) and most of us have been stressed, anxious and unable to contact our families for last six days. Making even the smallest of efforts— calling to wish them Eid Mubarak
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Dr. Jenn Ortegren Aug 10
May we forever keep Anne's voice alive.
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Dr. Jenn Ortegren Aug 10
Replying to @dadakim @Miles_Ott
I should also add that I ask them if they have anything to add to housekeeping announcements about upcoming events in which they are participating, etc. I learn a lot about what’s going on on campus that way (but my classes are also pretty small so that doesn’t take much time).
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Dr. Jenn Ortegren Aug 10
Replying to @dadakim @Miles_Ott
Same. I also spend the first five minute of every class going over “housekeeping” stuff, during which we all pull out our hard copies of the syllabus and look forward to the week ahead to make sure we all know what’s coming up. Then they know the syllabus matters (to me too!).
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Dr. Jenn Ortegren Aug 9
Replying to @ProfIRMF
I will finish this lit review. I will finish this lit review. I will finish this lit review..... (I will, right?!)
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Dr. Jenn Ortegren Aug 8
This is related to my advice: start a regular Thursday coffee or tea or beer gathering with other new faculty. These are not the people who will make decisions about your career, but they will become the people who get you through.
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Dr. Jenn Ortegren Aug 5
I don't happen to think that is the best candidate for the presidency, but I do wish all the candidates would be this, well, candid...
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Dr. Jenn Ortegren Aug 4
Anne Monius is the reason I study what I study. She introduced me to the lives of Hindu women, encouraged and advised my earliest time in India, and always modeled how best to be a scholar, mentor, teacher, and colleague. It is a sad day for us all.
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