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Messages from Educators, 2002 and 2003

Read the praise from educators all over the United States who invited Gary to speak in their classrooms and lecture halls

From: Professor Mark Somma [Fresno State]
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2003 11:53 AM

You have a genuine gift for reaching college-age students. Distinct from most college lectures, you communicate from the heart at a gut level and students respond very positively. Several found me yesterday to thank me for bringing you to class and suggested that I continue to schedule you to give lectures.

From: Professor Gordon Brown [Grossmont College in El Cajon, CA]
Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2003 11:11 PM

What can I say, Gary, but yet another stellar presentation! If anything, this one was even better than the one you gave last spring, because you injected more humor and repartee, and made the students feel very much at ease while shocking the hell out of them! It's not easy to speak of animal cruelty in humorous terms and still “stay on point” without diluting one's message, but you did just that, and so masterfully to boot. As you know, on occasions like this one it's typical for many students to respond by saying “This is just a bunch of bullshit, and I really don't care.” Yet it made me so proud to see none of that issuing from the students at Grossmont; indeed I was amazed and gratified to see so many of them eagerly snapping up your videos, and donating money to help the cause.

Immediately after your presentation we went back to the classroom for Symbolic Logic as usual, but nevertheless spent a few precious moments reflecting on what you had said. One student in the class was particularly praiseful; she claimed that “I like the way he 'talked straight' to us, and didn't preach, didn't rant, didn't moralize, and didn't berate us for being 'miserable, meat-eating sinners.'”

Were there any disappointments for me? One. Outside of Mike and me, only two people on the faculty of Grossmont College thought it worth their while to attend your presentation. That doesn't speak well for certain learned adults who purport to be better-educated, better-informed, more mature, and less afraid of the truth than their students. However, I wanted to let you know that we had our annual Philosophy Dept. Christmas get-together this weekend, and on the buffet spread there were positively no meat dishes anywhere. Not vegan, perhaps, but there was no meat on that table. Zoe Close, the department chair, explained to me that after hearing your presentation she could not, in good conscience, celebrate Christmas by presenting meat at the party table.

From: Professor Mel Seesholtz [Penn State-Abington]
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2003 5:45 PM

Just wanted to let you know that your time with my 8 a.m. class had a profound impact the other day ... PROFOUND. About half the class said they haven't been able to eat meat or consumed dairy since 11/25 ... and have had somewhat heated "discussions" with their parents. Jessica, who works at a day care center, almost cried when she told of how she just couldn't tell all those kids to "drink their milk" during snack time. Only a few said something like, "Yea, he made sense, but I'm still gonna eat meat. I like it, and it's much more 'convenient' than hunting for veggie-stuff..." or "I just don't care..."

From: Professor Margaret Betz Hull [PSU-Abington]
Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 7:27 AM

You did an excellent job of conveying the general message of the animal rights philosophy: the horrific suffering experienced by animals in factory farms, the impact on the environment, the contribution of meat eating to world hunger, the the health effects of a meat-based diet. You were so thorough and well-versed on many things I even didn't know, and I am a vegetarian of eight years and a philosopher of animal issues. Your delivery was clear and respectful, and powerfully persuasive. It is my belief that you are right in your assessment: this is the most promising way to turn people on to the cause.

From: Professor Sonia Love [U. of North Texas]
Sent: Friday, November 14, 2003 12:34 AM

Well, you really made a believer out of me! Your talks were great. I know that you could tell the students really enjoyed it. I thoroughly got into hearing your "second talk" too when you were conversing with some of the students after class. I was serious about your making a believer out of me, and I am really trying the vegetarian part already. Thanks for broadening my life a bit more. Thanks again for sharing your time with us.

From: Professor Jack Lessenberry [Wayne State U.]
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2003 8:45 PM

Gary -- You were better and more effective than ever. You changed some hearts and minds today.

From: Professor Gregg Morris [Hunter-CUNY]
Sent: Friday, October 24, 2003 6:13 AM

The presentation was excellent. Best guest speaking lecture I've ever had. There is nothing I can suggest to make it better.

From: Professor Peter Crabb [Penn State-Abington]
Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2003 8:34 AM

Your presentations fit well with the week's topic of psychological issues concerning food. Your presentation was very compelling. The video clips you showed were horrific (but I think could have been worse!). Your command of information was impressive. My students were highly engaged during the presentation and question and answer session, and several of them told me later that they were seriously considering becoming vegetarians, if not vegans. In sum, my students and I found your visit to be very rewarding.

From: Professor Mel Seesholtz [Penn State-Abington]
Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2003 5:15 PM

Today was EXCELLENT! Your narration of the video and the extended Q&A, which seemed to make the wealth of information you present more "personal" since it came in response to direct questions, worked well indeed. What particularly hit me was the "simplicity" theme (especially when the one student started over-intellectualizing). To inflict such horrors is ... simply wrong. Period. End of debate. Made me think of "The Matrix": how some, even when they knew it was a lie, would still defend it, absolutely.

From: Professor Catherine F. Meyer [U. of Central Florida]
Sent: Sunday, October 12, 2003 10:02 AM

I am unable to express myself on the fabulous work you did in my classes on Monday the eighth. I was simply overwhelmed with the outstanding presentation and your ability to really provoke some deep thinking. I was so deeply moved that I lost my ability to express myself verbally. It was superb and the reactions of the 80 students were very encouraging. The visuals were very convincing, I thank you for coming and I am inviting you again next semester.

From: Professor Gail Radley [Stetson U.]
Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2003 5:57 PM

Thank YOU. You gave them "food for thought"! It was great to see them so stirred up about an issue, even to the point of doing some non required outside research, and no doubt many of them will write passionately--pro and con--about what you shared. I'm sure many will ponder it for a long time to come, and some will make changes in their lives as well. I'll look forward to hearing from you in December.

From: Professor Jane Compson [U. of Central Florida]
Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2003 9:50 AM

THANK YOU for coming to talk to the class. It really was a great presentation, and I'm so impressed that you could be so dynamic and engaging at the end of such a long day. My brother and I spent a lot of time talking about your presentation yesterday, and it has really given me a lot to think about. I'm sure the students feel the same, and I'll report back after next week's class on what they thought. I could see, as I'm sure you could, that they were challenged and stimulated by it; and that's all you can ask for when you're teaching! So thanks very much, especially for stepping in at the last minute. I really appreciate it, and would love to know when you are next back on tour in this neck of the woods. Your presentation was very challenging, but never crossed the boundary of appropriateness. I would highly recommend your presentation to other colleagues.

From: Professor Linda Musante [U. of Tampa]
Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2003 8:02 AM

You touched me and many of my students and I thank you. That is what education is all about.

From: Professor Michael Strawser [U. of Central Florida]
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2003 4:01 PM

Overall I was very impressed...the quality of your presentation was outstanding. I am very happy that I invited you to come and I intend to invite you back next semester. I have already recommended you to my colleagues. The students responded very well to your talk, and when I asked them whether they would recommend you to speak to future philosophy classes, they responded with an overwhelming YES. I asked the students to write briefly about what they found most interesting/provocative/etc., and it is clear that you caused significant individual reflection. For example, I was very surprised to hear that a good number of students are now going vegan or have stopped drinking milk, etc. While I cannot adequately summarize the student responses, here is one quote from a student paper: "I thoroughly enjoyed Gary's lecture on veganism. He is a phenomenal animal rights activist and clearly explained all of his points in great detail. ...Gary was an excellent speaker that I will always remember."

From: Professor Frank Perez [UTEP]
Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2003 12:38 PM

My students enjoyed your presentations, and I heard several positive remarks from my colleagues yesterday as well. I really enjoyed meeting you. Your presentations were among the best I've hosted. You are a dynamic speaker who conveys a lot of enthusiasm for the topic. You are also very knowledgeable and approachable. My students' comments were very positive and some of them expressed an interest in becoming/considering vegetarianism or veganism. Although I am neither of these, your presentation made me decide to lower my consumption of all meats. You impacted my students, and I would be glad to have you return.

From: Professor Sherry Lewis [UTEP]
Sent: Wednesday, October 01, 2003 6:27 PM

Thank you for a job well done! I know how difficult it can be to repeat a lecture/presentation so many times in one day. Hurray to you for not only getting through it, but with the same level of interest and energy as you had at 7:30. Congratulations to you. I hope we can do it all again in the spring. If I can arrange it, would you like to do El Paso Community College as well? Otherwise, I hope your trip turns out the way you want it to. Good luck and God speed. We certainly learned a lot from you. The student's responses have been varied; what I love is that they have opinions strong enough to feel compelled to express them. This is one of the barriers I fight as a public speaking teacher; getting them to realize there are things they care about so strongly that they are worth talking about out loud. Whether or not you can claim a slew of converts to veganism from my classes, you inspired them to care. That's a lot.

From: Professor Mary Gomrad [U. of Central Florida]
Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2003 7:57 PM

Thank you so much for such a great lecture. The thematic component I use for my composition courses is social justice and civic responsibility. I try to get my students to understand that we are all--animal kingdom and human societies--interconnected and our behaviors relate (both positively and negatively) to the environment and the many problems we as a society have. Your lecture was certainly informative and I am sure my students benefited tremendously.

From: Professor Claire Magaha [Stetson University in FL]
Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2003 12:38 PM

THANK YOU! I cannot express how eye-opening and transformative your talk was. I really appreciated your work today and I am already changing my diet. Wow! To those who are open, you are going to make an incredible impact. To those who are not, you at least give them the exposure, thus the possibility for change in the future. By the way, you should know that I was totally preaching to my coworkers about what I learned today. You are doing a great thing!

Sent: Monday, May 19, 2003 6:19 PM
From: Professor Jennifer L Keys [Kenyon College in Ohio]
Subject: Comments from Kenyon College

Your presentation was an intense emotional experience both for my students and for me personally. Academically, I think there was tremendous value in the students seeing the way a social movement activist frames an issue with powerful imagery and rhetoric. Throughout the semester, we have talked about how social change comes about and so this was a perfect illustration of how a "moral entrepreneur" can raise the consciousness of individuals and sweep them up in the mobilization. My husband and I have been vegetarians for five years. I am not sure if it was the forceful way you articulated your message or if it was just that it was the right moment for me to hear it, but as one of my students said, "my peace of mind was totally disrupted."

I had heard and seen nearly all of this before so it is hard for me to identify precisely why this struck such a resonant chord. After you left, I gave some final thoughts about the semester. I said something like, "my sincerest hope is that you leave this course more inspired to bring about social change than frustrated." I had tears in my eyes when I said this because I felt so completely overwhelmed—so small and ineffectual. I realize I don't know you that well but you asked me about the impact of your talk so here it goes... I spent most of the next day crying, beginning with opening the refrigerator for breakfast and scouring the ingredients lists to find something that I could stand to eat. I will never drink a glass of milk again because I all I can think of now is the horrific treatment of the dairy cows. The three fold argument you made—ethical, health, and environmental—was very effective. I experienced a small bit of relief after being more proactive by ordering some vegan cookbooks and stocking my shelves with some of the products you recommended. O.K., so if I could become a vegan overnight, than maybe education really can make a difference.

I often chastise myself for not devoting more time to activism—not just with animal rights but with other issues that I committed to. I have to remind myself that each semester I have the opportunity to teach 50-75 students. Most of those who took the social problems class plan to continue their volunteer projects at the humane society, the battered women's shelter, the nursing home, and the hot meals program. Reading the final exams, it was clear that the topics we addressed had stimulated their thinking. I am attaching nine essays that students wrote on the final exam about your presentation—there were definitely some converts.

There is one last thing I want to communicate to you about the effect that your presentation had on me. One of the students mentioned a similar transformation in her essay—never before have I felt so compelled to tell others what I had witnessed. Never before have I found the actions of others so intolerable. When you mentioned that you don't eat with your family because they eat meat, it was like a light clicked on. I don't tolerate racism, sexism, or homophobia, but I have been so politely apologetic about my choices not to eat meat instead of calling other people on their behavior. What a dilemma. To close, thank you for giving me and my students so much to ponder. The work you are doing is incredibly important. It was great to meet you.

From: Professor Gary Calore [Penn State-Abington]
Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2003 12:43 PM

Thank you for your informative and uplifting presentation on the 18th. In my view, you are the consummate "animal rights" educator and I have yet to witness my class in so rapt a state of attention. Your expose of the animal exploitation practices of our culture will fit nicely into the class discussion of interspecies ethics. Keep up the great work! As for the summer, my course runs Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30-11:00 a.m. from May 19th to June 12th. Sometime in early June would be best for a return visit. But I'll wait to hear from you before putting together the course syllabus.

From: Professor Mel Seesholtz [Penn State-Abington]
Sent: Tuesday, March 18, 2003 5:49 PM

What can I say? Beyond excellent. Truly. You have changed my life.

From: Professor Jill-Anne Fowler [Westminster College in MO]
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2003 12:51 PM

Thank you so much for coming last week! It was a fun day, and it was great seeing people so interested in what you had to say. I wanted to let you know that a student here at Westminster is going to start an animal rights group! An email was sent out yesterday asking everyone interested in veganism, vegetarianism, and animal rights to contact the student named Aimee Brower. I guess about 20 people responded, and Student Activities and Counseling and Health Services are going to support this group! So I think you should list this as another success!!!

From: Professor Rich Geenen
Sent: Friday, March 07, 2003 3:19 PM

I met you last night at your presentation for Veganism at Westminster College. My name is Rich Geenen and I am the philosophy teacher here at the college. I enjoyed your talk and found it very informative. You provide a lot of style to your presentation that is rhetorically effective and carries a great deal of impact. I would imagine it has a profound effect on many people's lives and that is quite admirable. I also agree with the vast majority of your position and many of your arguments. You are an admirable speaker with an admirable cause.

From: Professor Victoria Johnson [Missouri-Columbia]
Sent: Wednesday, March 05, 2003 2:45 PM

I really enjoyed your presentation at UMC. It takes a lot of courage to take on people in the Midwest on these issues. Do contact me over the summer. If I don't hear from you, I will be in contact to work out details for your presentation during fall semester. Thanks for all of your great work and the information!

From: Professor Julie Andrzejewski [St. Cloud State U. in Minnesota]
Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2003 8:45 AM

You were just excellent and, although I have been laying some foundation (like having my students read 101 Reasons Why I Am a Vegetarian), a few of my (male) students were offended and angry that I was "pushing" this issue. I think you may have made a dent in them—as a couple of the most resistant stayed for the entire lecture and most of the Q and A. Anyway, that would really be an accomplishment. Thanks a bunch—you have a great approach—I loved the stuff about being herbivores.

From: Professor Gordon Brown [Grossmont College in El Cajon, CA]
Sent: Friday, February 21, 2003 2:02 PM
Subject: Bravo, bravo, bravo! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Just a note to tell you that although I have seen many presentations on this topic, I was especially moved—and shaken—by yours. I greatly admire the way you presented your message. From what I had been hearing, I imagined that you might be “in your face,” that you'd fly off the handle, rant, be a little combative perhaps, etc., but I never got that impression from you. You have a gift for imparting your message with passion and conviction, yet with just the right amount of self-control.

As I mentioned when we spoke, I believe that this movement is populated by too many speakers with good intentions but no public-speaking skills. I wish we had more speakers of the kind like you. I look forward to seeing you again in the fall. You truly are an educator AND a liberator, in the best sense of both words. KEEP IT GOING!!

From: Professor David Zartman [in the Ohio State U. Animal Agriculture Dept.]
Sent: Friday, February 14, 2003 10:52 AM

My students have voted with a large majority that your presentation is appropriate to the class and that you should be invited to appear in future classes. Many students applauded the spirit and presentation skills you possess. Not so many are in full approval of the message, but they respect your position and commitment. I am glad we have become acquainted. Is it possible to book you for an appearance again in the fall quarter when I will be teaching this class again? I suggest the date of Tuesday, Oct. 28. If a different Tuesday or Thursday works better, please advise me. We will follow the same schedule as this quarter with sections at 1:30 and 4:30 for two hours each.

From: Professor Steve Boyles [Ohio State U.]
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 10:51 AM
Subject: Presentation in Animal Issues Class at Ohio State

You provided a thought provoking presentation in Dr. Zartman's class last week (2/6/03). I would like to prevail upon you to do a similar presentation in the Spring Quarter version of the same class. Would you be available May 1st, 6th or 8th?

From: Professor Karin Best [U. of New Hampshire]
Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2003 10:31 AM

Sounds as though the speaking circuit is going quite well for you and that you are very busy! I am happy to hear that! Thank you for the DVD (that was VERY nice of you!) ... it was amazing and eye-opening. I am looking forward to seeing your presentation in person at UNH this semester. I wish you lots of luck. See you in April.

From: Eisenhower High School Teacher Rich Linden
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 10:08 AM

Thank you again for a very stimulating presentation on animal rights and veganism yesterday. Personally, I have been thinking about your message, and I will be making significant adjustments. Your dedication and sacrifices not only help animals without a voice, but they indirectly help all of us who benefit from environmental improvements that come with the reduced dependence of animals as a food source. I do want to repeat my gratitude for your great sacrifices and efforts.

Messages from Educators, 2002

From: Cathy Comstock [Professor at CU-Boulder]
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2002 10:28 PM

Your return visit on April 14 works perfectly. I've put the finishing touches on the schedule, and I want to thank you again for your flexibility with the 'Gandhi' class. And speaking of that, I keep having the immense pleasure of having students in that class tell me one by one--sometimes they sneak to my office to say it quietly, other times it's in a note on a paper--that they've been vegetarian ever since your visit. (A few good souls had converted earlier due to the Animal Liberation and Diet for a New America readings, but they are especially appreciative that your visit strongly confirmed their decision and kept it going.)

From: Arvilla Taylor [Professor at Midwestern State]
Sent: Monday, December 09, 2002 4:48 PM

We would be glad for a return visit. I had very positive feedback from my students and some of the townspeople who drifted in. At the very least, you made a dint in meat consumption if not a total abstinence. Even the session I missed that had the altercation generated favorable commentary from some of the students. Thanks for the drama and the logic. You had both of them going your way.

From: Millie Gore [Midwestern State U. Professor]
Sent: Friday, December 06, 2002 1:07 PM

Thanks to Gary's program, today is my seventh meatless day. I feel like an addict in a 12-step program: Hello. My name is Millie and I'm a carnivore. Today is my one week anniversary on the wagon. I bought a book called "This Can't Be Tofu!". (Luckily, I've always liked tofu.) I'm still doing eggs and dairy, but Rome wasn't built in a day.

From: Professor Chris Schadler [U. of New Hampshire]
Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2002 4:35 PM

I pledged to never eat an animal again, and I haven't, and I won't. And I'm not alone in this since your visit. Powerful stuff.

From: Lindsay Ann Landgraf [teaching fellow at U. of North Texas]
Sent: Wednesday, December 04, 2002 11:02 AM

You will be happy to know that you have several converts, some to vegetarianism (including me) and a few to veganism. All in all I think that most of them will never be able to drink milk again. In their response papers there were several comments about what an engaging speaker you were and that you got their attention, and many of them admired your conviction, even if they didn't agree. Of course there were grumblings about your tactics, but that is to be expected. I was very surprised how many of my students had no idea where their meat came from and how it got to their table. I will e-mail Jay this week and let him know how well it went and I can give him some direct quotes from students' papers. Thanks for coming, it was a lot of fun, and I hope to see you next semester.

From: Jan Herzog [elementary school teacher]
Sent: Monday, December 02, 2002 8:26 PM

I've been a vegetarian for 18 years, a vegan for about the last 10 of those, and have considered myself an animal rights activist all my life. I've heard quite a few speakers on the subject of animal rights, and I have to say you are one of the most persuasive, passionate and eloquent of them. You were certainly preaching to the choir WITH ME at Midwestern State U. -- I was already aware of the issues and realities of factory farming, circuses, dog and cat overpopulation, furs, etc. However, your hard-hitting videos were hard even for a seasoned veteran like me to watch. I find it hard to imagine sitting through one of your presentations and not being changed, unless you are completely heartless and/or brain dead.

From: Professor Sue Henson [Midwestern State U.]
Sent: Friday, November 29, 2002 9:12 PM

It was great to have you. I would say all four of your sessions were very worthwhile. Thanks for opening up the dialogue with our students. I hope you'll visit our campus again.

From: Professor Ken Robol [Halifax Comm. C. in Weldon, NC]
Sent: Sunday, November 24, 2002 9:14 PM

You were the best! Please keep up the good fight!

From: Professor Mel Seesholtz [Penn St.-Abington]
Sent: Tuesday, November 19, 2002 4:15 PM

I just wanted to thank you again for a brilliantly delivered, mind-opening, inspiring presentation. I've been to many lectures and presentations in my career, but NONE was as moving, as thought-provoking as yours. As soon as I get my spring semester schedule, I'll be in touch about arranging another lecture. The Campus will be purchasing the DVD version of your presentation as soon as I complete the paper work. As I mentioned, your message will be the focus of the class's last research paper of the semester. I'll keep you posted. Again, sincere thanks and warmest wishes. FYI: I was "unable" to teach my 9:30 class, because my mind is still whirling. THANK YOU!!

From: Professor Irwin Sperber [SUNY-New Paltz]
Sent: Monday, November 18, 2002 4:56 PM

I greatly appreciated you presentation about PETA in my class last week; there were many important issues covered, and the students are certainly well-served by hearing what you had to say. Again, my thanks! Please feel free to pass the above message on to the folks at PETA to use same in any manner you deem appropriate.

From: Kate York [teaching assistant at UNH]
Sent: Tuesday, November 05, 2002 5:54 PM

Thank you so much...I wish I could tell you all that I am left thinking...and I held a discussion section with some of the students following your presentation--there were many good questions, some tears, and a long talk about eggs and the poultry industry, which is something else I am particularly interested in. You are a very powerful presence, and I could see the effect you have on students...I guess we all contribute in our own ways, yours being high profile and mine being small scale education...but on every level, it counts...and I am very pleased to have had the chance to meet you. I would have enjoyed talking to you more. I WILL KEEP IN TOUCH! Because I think you have a wonderful way of presenting some very difficult information, and more and more people need to hear it. Table has become rather popular too.

From: Linsey Ann Cuti
Sent: Friday, October 25, 2002 6:04 PM

I am a graduate student and instructor at Illinois State University. I want to start by saying Thank You for being such an inspiration this afternoon (I obviously attended your discussion at ISU). Your job as an animal rights educator is my dream job. Don't get me wrong, I am not dreaming of arrests and gaining repulsive undercover footage; I am however dreaming of raising people's awareness to these issues on a larger scale. Though I educate on these issues any time the situation arises by speaking up in social situations, writing editorials, and writing protest letters, it never seems enough. I have been teaching writing at the college level for four years now and am currently working on my Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition. Gary, you are one of my heroes and I can't possibly express to you how much I appreciate and respect what you do. You are an amazing speaker that made me feel more powerful leaving that classroom today. That is, more powerful in the sense that my individual actions can have an effect and that I need to spread what you shared with us today to as many people as possible.

From: Kerry Murray
Sent: Thursday, October 17, 2002 6:13 PM

My name is Kerry and I was one of the TAs for the INDV 101 course you spoke to on Wednesday, October 16th at the University of Arizona. I wanted to thank you for your talk and let you know that your message had a serious impact on me. As a grad student in Cultural Studies, I do my work in discourse analysis and am very aware of the nature of power, dominance and ideology that is at work in the way our country deals with food production and consumption. I have a very soft heart where animals are concerned, I dote on my rescued dog, and have shied away from info on factory farming because I just didn't want to know. Though, repeatedly through my travels, my reading and my own work the information has been surfacing, which has forced me to keep coming back to the inconsistency between how I feel about my dog and how the food I eat made it to my plate. After your talk, the big picture (ecological, moral, health, political issues) fell in to place. What really motivates me is the personal and I keep coming back to the glaring inconsistency between how I feel about my dog and how I (don't) deal with the casualties of factory farming. I realize that I can no longer live with that inconsistency and am taking the steps necessary to become fully vegan. I just needed a good kick in the pants from the likes of you. Again, because my own work is discourse analysis, I found your talk fascinating as much for how you made your presentation, as for your content (though the content obviously had a big effect on me). I don't have the time or space to go in to the whole critique but your sophisticated arguments that preempted every rebuttal reflected well on your message, your organization, and radical activism. Thank you for your time and your passion—you have made a convert (who will probably make more over time as I subtly influence my friends and family.) I wish you the best in your future work.

From: Professor Alex Green [St. Mary's College in CA]
Sent: Tuesday, October 08, 2002 2:38 AM

First, let me just say thank-you for being so generous with your time. My class at St. Mary's was electrified!! It's clear that you really made a difference. They were impressed and genuinely moved by the presentation. They all agreed that you changed the way they thought about many different things--marvelous work!! I'll be sending you some of the final papers in December for you to read, if you're cool with that. Man, it was so great having you in class--let's keep in touch. You always have a friend in me!!

From: Administrator Geraldine Grunow [HFCC]
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2002 11:47 AM

Many thanks for your fine presentation at Henry Ford Community College. Several students I spoke with afterwards said they were very moved by it.

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