Provocation 7: 

Tyson E. Lewis

Provocation 7

1. Choose a professional form of writing (the cover letter, the resume/CV, the
   biographical statement, syllabus, lesson plan, and so forth).

2. Reflect on what value these forms have, what expectations we attach to them,
   and what norms/conventions they operate by.

3. Write something in the chosen form but suspend and render inoperative all
   the typical values, expectations, and norms/conventions that govern the

4. Share what has been produced. 


Dr. Tyson E. Lewis is a humanoid lifeform that inhabits the academic biosphere, feeding off of ideological dross that falls to the bottom of the canopy floor. He spends most of his time manipulating specially modified flagella to produce words and symbols that he then trades with other humanoids in a draconian barter system known as “publish or perish.” You can see a Lewis on display at the University of North Texas where the specimen is exhibited in the newly renovated “classroom” habitat that includes students for him to teach and studious infrastructure for behavioral stimulation and intellectual enrichment.


Hong-An (Ann) Wu 吳鴻安

Charlotte Bowens


Joy Travis

Amalie S.

Beekeeping Textbook Proposal

Dearest Publishers:

I have yet again devised a brilliant textbook. I am literally brilliant (1). So. This time I am proposing a textbook about beekeeping. Do I have any experience with bees? No. But I’m sure this is easy enough to pick up and write about.

                           Fig. 1 What, like it’s hard? (2)

So anyway, what I’m proposing is less of a textbook and more of an immersive experience. I think the best way for people to really know the bees is to overcome that initial shock and fear that they carry (3). What better way to acquaint them with bees than through my book! And I do mean that literally!
My book will not have any writing and will instead just be a holding cell for a handful of live bees. See figure:

I think this will be a very successful book and will tap into a previously ignored demographic of people who want thrills AND education from their textbooks. I can see no way in which this could possibly go wrong. Please give me money so I can make this come to fruition.                  
B. Keyper
Knower of things, B.S.

(1) My close friends and family
(2) Legally Blonde, 2001, dir. Robert Luketic
(3) Intuition

Jeffrey B. R.

Natalie W.

Tamara S.

Jocelyn O.


Andrea B.

Syllabus are designed as a contract between professors and students. It typically outlines the expectations the professor has for the students, contact information, course schedules, required textbook info and additional resources for students. Tying this provocation into the Pluriversity content made me wonder, what would teachers write for a syllabus when they don’t like to feel restricted and don’t agree with societal norms? Then I took it a step further and created a myth for the worst professor imaginable for my syllabus. This professor is truly completely imaginary but doesn’t provide a name, contact information or office hours. They tell students right away on the syllabus that they don’t care if students learn or pay attention because it ultimately has no effect on them whatsoever. In the syllabus, they reserve the right to change everything and even keep the option open to not provide links for learning material. The required textbook is Eric Carle’s, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and the professor calls the students needy little brats. They also equate fill in the blank tests to mad libs for a little extra comedic effect.


Silvia Pillow Neretti ︎ Visual Communication & Web work + Cargo ︎