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tion will be April 21 -May 18, The Art Warehouse, Austin. Write ACVAA, Box 0445 to enter. RANCH WOMEN The University of Texas, Institute of Texan Cultures traveling exhibit, -Ranch Women: Roles, Images, Possibilities,” will continue in San Angelo, Fort Concho, through March 15. FOR WOMEN: READING AND WRITING The Women’s Literature Group, sponsored by Austin Book Woman bookstore, is an informal group eager for new members. Discussions are at 7:30 p.m.. one Tuesday each month,’ Chameleons, E. Sixth and Trinity. First discussion will be March 26, Stones for Ibarra. 472-2785 to join and for reading list. Susan Bright, a poet, publisher and artbased learning consultant, will present a series Hof creative writing and literary workshops for women March 6 -10, Austin; sponsored by Texas Circuit, a nonprofit literature service organization. Workshops will include writing and editing labs, publishing classes, and word procesmore information or to register. Fees vary from $10-$180. SMALL PRESS. The First Annual Texas Small Press Book Fair will be , held on February 2224 at the Guadalupe Cultural Center, 1300 Guadalupe Street in San Antonio. A number of small presses from across the state and the nation will exhibit their wares. In addition. many distinguished writers published by these presses will participate in a series of readings at the Guadalupe Theater, scheduled from sundown Friday through sundown Sunday tions by small press publishers. For further 822-6989. WOMEN IN FOOD PRODUCTION Women make up the majority of the world’s food producers. Yet the work women actually do in agriculture and food production is frequently unknown to policy makers. Organizational leaders, community volunteers, government officials and policy makers, and women who work in agriculture, food production, and processing will gather to discuss this lack of awareness and what to do about it at -Women in Food production: A TexasMexico Dialogue,” a free, public conference, April 19 -20, University of Texas, Austin. It is sponsored by Women and World Issues, UT Home Economics Department and Women’s Studies pro gram, Texas Department of Agriculture, and Centro de Orientacion para la Mujer for registration information. YOUNG PEOPLES’ PROGRAMS “Connections: The Museum UnSchool” is the San Antonio Museum Association’s learning series for children, adults, and families, featuring adventures in natural history, science, transportation, history, and art. Series continues February -May; write, SAMA, ‘Conneg tions, Box 2601, San Antonio, 78299, fo a complete schedule and registrationfQ. WOMENSPACE Womenspace, an Austin coiup . lin referral center offering crisis interventi c services and workshops on women issues, is recruiting volunteers for following positions: peer couns elo secretary/receptionists, publicity assn tants, therapist interviewer carpentry/maintenance persons. For in 7303. ART NEWS “Figure ft Out! Exploring in Contemporary Art” continues through April 7 at Austin’s Laguna Gloria, Ai Museum’s annual series of tliOt#11% exhibitions designed especially fork involvement. Works shown inotndOS: by Texans Laurie McDonal Reese, and M. K. Simqu an 40iii variety of responses to the figure matter in recent art. “Jim DirK, Outside in July,” a small exhibition of portrait etchings froth Institute of Chicago, will also be ork44,40% ., in the upstairs gallery of Lagunadtaiii* AFTERWORD Dan Th ibo deau Fort Worth IT SEEMS A fact of human communities that where ignorance abounds there are many claimants to knowledge. While this sounds like a fortune cookie, it is a crucial point in the sociology of knowledge. Disciplines with an established priesthood, like math and physics, generate only a small following of amateurs. But where there is bickering at the top, virtually every one is licensed to pontificate. As with the weather and divine theology, economics has nothing but experts. In all three areas there are regular public revelations of priestly ignorance. But unlike what occurs in the hard sciences, repeated failures of prediction don’t seem to injure reputations. Rather, the amateurs keep the myths of expertise alive by declaring themselves experts. Greg Franzwa is an associate professor of philosophy at Texas Christian University. Bullish on America By Greg Franzwa 30 FEBRUARY 22, 1985