Wednesday, March 23, 2011

STS Summer Retreat

Hello all,  It is that time of year again. Time to start preparing for the Annual STS Summer Retreat!  This year we will be celebrating our 5th Anniversary spending time talking and walking in the beautiful Marin Headlands. The retreat will be held June 17-19. Most importantly at this point we are contacting you about attendance, workshops, and perhaps fundraising. More details will follow soon, this is to just get us going.  Please circulate this to anyone, any lists at California universities that might be interested. STS lives in lots of corner and each year we need help finding them. If you did not get this directly and want to be on our list, please email us at  OVERALL we will continue with the successful events from the past: * STS in 3 minutes * Dissertation proposal groups * Mini-Workshops taught by faculty * Professionalization Sessions (grants, jobs, writing, teaching, etc) * Visual/Film/Documentary Teaching * Nature & Beach Theory Walks * Great meals and lots of coffee  1) ATTENDANCE & DEPOSITS  Same as last year, we will cap the attendance to 60 people - first come first served (grads, faculty, postdocs). Since there is a limited number of spots available, we ask that everyone confirm their attendance by sending their deposit of $100 no later than March 20. Again it is first come, first serve.  Please make your checks payable to UC Regents and send your deposits to:  Nicole Kramer UC Davis Science & Technology Studies SSH Bldg., Room 1240 Davis, CA 95616  If you need a receipt please indicate with a note included with your deposit.  Of note, this year will have children join us!  Families are always welcome and we are working out the logistics to secure semi-private sleeping quarters etc. If you are thinking about coming and would like to be able to bring along your little ones please let us know immediately as rooms are going quickly. We are working to coordinate onsite needs including ideas about cooperative childcare.  2) WORKSHOPS  This year's workshops will be hosted by: David Serlin (UCSD), Sharon Traweek (UCLA), Matthew Wolf-Meyer (UCSC). We will post information about the titles, themes and homework closer to the date of the retreat.  3) FUNDRAISING and OTHER JOBS  If you want to help with other aspects of organizing, have ideas you wanted to see implemented, help us work on a "logo" or design, suggestions for evening activities, etc. Or if you want to help organize and spread the word around your campus, PLEASE join our organizing committee.  Also please let us know if you can help with fundraising. We realize that in these times it is almost impossible to ask for money, but occasionally there is still room in budgets near the end of the year. So if you can fund raise for the general retreat fund, please let us know and do so!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.  Thanks! Michelle on behalf of organizing committee (Joe, Tim, Michelle & Chris)  NUTS AND BOLTS: Where: Marin Headlands [] When: June 17-19  *Tentative* Schedule   FRIDAY   12:00- 1:30 pm: Arrive by noon for Orientation and lunch to follow on site  2:00-5:00: 3 Minute project descriptions (2 slides = 2 clicks)  5:00-6:00: Nature Walks!  6:00-7:00: Dinner  8:00-9:30: Dissertation Workshops (grads you will need to prep a short  project description details to follow)   SATURDAY   8:00-9:00: Breakfast  9:30-11:30: WORKSHOP 1  11:30-12:30: WORKSHOP 2 or Theory Walks  12:30-1:30: Lunch  2:00-4:00: Professionalization Session #1  4:00-6:00: Professionalization Session #2  6:00-7:00: Dinner  7:30-9:00: Visual Work and Documentaries to Teach with  9:30 .... Evening events, suggestions, games welcome   SUNDAY   8:00-9:00: Breakfast  9:15-11:15: WORKSHOP 3  11:15-12:15: Conference eval, compare notes, where to go from here etc.  12:30-1:30: Lunch  ....Drive home after some lovely hiking in the Headlands! REMEMBER: We  have permission to park our cars until sunset so feel free to continue  your chats and nature escapes all afternoon.

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