- To practice scholarship and teaching in a way that enriches my non-academic life.
- To respect and care for my colleagues and neighbors.
- To seek knowledge beyond the bounds of my training and discipline.
- To create knowledge that speaks to the breadth of human experience.
- To cultivate an expertise grounded in each one of my senses.
- To speak what I know in such a way that it sticks in memory.
- To be artful in speaking and writing, persuasive in argumentation, and expressive in testimony.
- To read both extensively and intensively.
- To read curiously as well as critically; to think generously as well as analytically.
- To leave my predispositions about matters in quest of understanding.
- Beware the tendency to reduce values to political convictions.
- Do not believe that the only means to truth is disenchantment.
- Do not presume the insufficiency of past thought or expression.
- Avoid dependence on any one method or approach.
- Do not let my voice eclipse other voices in my writings.
- Recall that activism often ends reflection.
- Beware the restraints of genre.
- Be mindful that both religion and science can be arrogant.
- Do not surrender wonder when inquiring.
- Do not proceed from the easiest question.
- To build new archives about fields that are distinctive yet imperfectly known.
- To compose narratives and visual arrays out of the broadest range of primary materials.
- To frame these narratives without strong rhetorical emphasis or tendentious vocabulary or an insistence on linear causality.
- To give ample evidence so that readers might construct other histories from the materials.
- To attend to matters—class, race, religion, gender, commerce, empire, nation, media, environment—of academic interest in ways that do not assign them undue importance in the scheme of things.
- To invoke a range of moods in these narratives and employ a variety of expressive styles.
- To recognize the place of accident in happenstances.
- To activate the imagination of my readers by prompting them with unfamiliar things and ideas.
- To offer speculative phenomonologies of past senses of things.
- To suggest how what now seems incredible was credible.