Not me. That would be the creator of the WE LEARN blog and the UMass students who are working the conference. The liveblogging idea has always seemed a little funny to me, left me kind of wondering why, wondering if insta-blogging was really necessary. Of course, now that I want more people to know about WE LEARN, to know about the conference, to get how warm and welcoming and fabulous we are, liveblogging sounds like God’s own brilliant idea.
You can check out what happened today and leave questions or comments of your own at the WE LWEARN blog.
Today the students from my program presented their workshop. They were perfectly placed — in the first block of workshops — so they could present and then have the rest of the day to relax and enjoy themselves. They were nervous, but the workshop was great. They had a good turn out and some very enthusiastic participants (thank you to the learner who kept encouraging the presenters by calling out, “Good stuff,” whenever she heard something that resonated with her). It was such a pleasure for me to see them interacting with other participants, see them choosing which workshops they wanted to attend, see them really just settling in and being so comfortable all day.
At 5:00, we had our 5th annual reading of student writing from our Women’s Perspectives journal. The readings were powerful, but even better was the support from the audience for the shy, the nervous and the emotional readers. There were tears and a lot of cheers.
Our hotel was nice enough to give us use of the ballroom for the evening for whatever we wanted … and we took advantage. The ladies from Belize danced, and got us dancing. The ladies from my program danced (in costume) and got us dancing. There was singing, there was poetry, there was stand-up comedy. I think I feel a new WE LEARN tradition starting!
Check out the rest of the slices of life over at Stacey and Ruth’s.