Adjunct Faculty

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Margaret Anderson is the acting director of the Hutchins Dialogue Center (HDC), designed as an institutional home for dialogue at Sonoma State University. Through the HDC, facilitation of dialogue, design of curriculum, and training for faculty, staff and students can occur across all sectors and in many academic and community contexts.

Margaret has taught for eighteen years in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State and taught for eight years in the Freshman Year Experience Program. She has also organized activities in coordination with the Associated Students for pre- and post-dialogue discussions around complex issues and topics such as race, gender, politics, and sexuality via extracurricular events, lectures, films and workshops. In addition to her work as director of HDC and as a lecturer, she has served as the director of the Touchstones Discussion Group project and has trained over 1200 teachers in the Avid program to implement weekly dialogue seminars in public schools. Margaret has facilitated discussions in a variety of settings, including prisons, schools, and businesses and she has engaged in numerous community and intergenerational dialogues.

In her work, Margaret has witnessed how engaging in a model of dialogue can greatly improve human relationships and learning; allowing people with differing values and perspectives to find common ground by furthering their understanding of themselves and others.

Ianthe Brautigan is the author of the memoir You Can’t Catch Death, which has been translated into Swedish and German and recorded by Audible books.

Ianthe currently writes for the National Public Television series, Joanne Weir's Plates and Places 2018-2020, which reaches 96% of the households in the United States. She has written introductions for a number of literary publications, including the French translation of a collection of poetry by her late father, Richard Brautigan, a new translation of Brautigan's Revenge of the Lawn, and Please Plant this Book, and is working on a documentary about Richard Brautigan. Her writing has appeared in Confrontation, The Antioch Review, Simple Feast, and other publications.

She has presented at numerous literary events, including the 2018 Cascadia Poetry Festival with Michael McClure and C.A. Conrad; the Sonoma Writer's Festival; the Dinefwr Literature Festival in Wales with Gruff Rhys and Joe Dunthorne. She has served as a panelist for Litquake's Writers and Zeitgeist of the 1960s at UC Berkeley, in a talk about Richard Brautigan, Ken Kesey and Lenore Kandel; and for I Watched the World: 30 years after Brautigan, appearing with Joanne Kyger, Michael McClure, and David Meltzer, co-produced by the Bancroft Library and Litquake. She is a member of SACDC.- Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques. Ianthe holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.

Selected Course Offerings:

LIBS 100:The Craft of Writing
LIBS 101:Human Enigma
LIBS 102:In Search of Self
LIBS 327:Literacy Language and Pedagogy

Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, Columbia University.  New York, New York.
M.A.  International Affairs, Asian Studies, Columbia University
M.A.  Family and Community Education, Teacher’s College, Columbia University

Email: shawth@sonoma.edu
Website:  www.sonoma.edu/users/s/shawth
Office: Carson Hall 54

Professional and Personal Interests:

I’m interested in life course dynamics, especially life course transitions, and have researched and written about identities of youth and adolescents across cultures, especially in societies (Asian) that are changing and modernizing.  As an anthropologist, I naturally subscribe to the view that cultural differences are important, but as a mindfulness practitioner I also recognize that people are essentially the same regardless of their diverse beliefs.   If I had to choose, I would say our alikeness matters more than our differences.

Selected Course Offerings:

LIBS 201: Exploring the Unknown
LIBS 202: Challenge and Response in the Modern World

Selected Publications:

The ethnographer as youth's apprentice.  Journal of Child and Youth Care Work.  Vol. 11.

Are the Taiwanese Becoming More Individualistic as They Become More Modern.  In Harvard Studies on Taiwan:  Papers of the Taiwan Studies Workshop.  Fairbank Center for East Asian Research.  Vol. 1.  Harvard University.

"We like to have fun":  Leisure and the Discovery of the Self in Taiwan's New Middle Class.   Modern China.  Vol. 20, No. 4, Pps. 416-445.

The Semiotic Mediation of Identity.  Ethos.  Vol. 22, No. 1.  Pps. 83-119.

Schooling for success in a non-Western culture:  A case study from Taiwan.  Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education  Vol 4, No 2, Pps 109-120.