Bowling League

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The BOWLING LEAGUE is an electronic mail list intended to promote communication among Planning Ph.D. students, post-docs, recent graduates, researchers, non-tenured faculty, etc. throughout the US, Canada and the rest of the world.

What is the list?
The BOWLING LEAGUE serves as a communication tool for information about teaching, research, conferences, and academic positions of general interest. The list operator makes no attempt to moderate the content of postings, but depends on its members to moderate postings.

Any message sent to will be sent automatically to everyone on the list. Please restrict messages to the BOWLING LEAGUE to those that will be of interest to a large number of planning Ph.D. students, post docs, recent graduates, researchers and non-tenured faculty.

Who started it?
The list was initiated by the student representatives to the Executive Committee of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and was housed at the University of California at Berkeley. Recently, this list has been moved to a more common server on google.

The choice of the name is to symbolize our intent to build a cyber-community through the use of the list-serve. Many scholars bemoan the fact that Americans are withdrawing from their communities and ensconcing themselves in a cocoon of gated subdivisions, cable TV and Wal-Marts. Robert Putnam had made a big splash in the thinking in this area with his idea exemplified in the following quote.

"By almost every measure, American's direct engagement in politics and government has fallen steadily and sharply over the last generation,...Every year over the last decade or two, millions more have withdrawn from the affairs of their communities....The most whimsical yet discomforting bit of evidence of social disengagement in contemporary America that I have discovered is this: more Americans are bowling today than ever before, but bowling in organized leagues has plummeted in the last decade or so."

Are Putnam's observations true? Does his analysis reveal an unstoppable leviathan or is there hope left for society? Are Planning Ph.D. students and their community part of the problem or the solution? It is time that we move beyond the rhetoric of the ivory tower and join in action. Engage in building a community with others by joining the BOWLING LEAGUE listserve. With any luck we might even go bowling some day.

  • Postings should be of general academic interest to Ph.D. planning students, post docs, recent graduates, researchers and non-tenured faculty, i.e. upcoming conferences, job listings, calls for papers etc.
  • The list is not an active discussion list. When replying to messages, make sure to reply to the message author, rather than the entire list.
  • The list is open and semi-moderated. Anyone can join, upon approval by the moderator, and post to the list, but the intended members are those listed above.
  • Please avoid cross-posting, i.e. posting to the list and multiple other lists.
  • Treat the other members of the list with respect, recognizing everyone's time constraints. If you can get the information yourself by spending a half hour in the library then don't post it. However, sharing your research or finding out if other people are doing similar things is entirely appropriate.
  • Do not use the mailing list to advertise or solicit services. Please, no petitions, for-sale items, apartment swap postings, computer virus notices, etc. Also, do not post pleas for political action not DIRECTLY related to interests of planning Ph.D. students and the greater Bowling League community. For example, pleas to save NPR should not be posted.
  • The list is not open to postings from non-members. To facilitate university departments who may want to post job listings, please send an email directly to the ACSP Student Representatives and they will forward your message to the list serve members.
  • These guidelines will be sent periodically to members as a reminder.

This list-serve is an open community resource for Planning Ph.D. students and the greater community who are trusted to act responsibly. The ACSP and the volunteers who run the list are not responsible for any of the postings to this list.

How do I join the list?

To subscribe to the bowling-league list:


To post messages mail to

Posting & Delivery:

  • Only members can post messages
  • Posts are not moderated
  • Replies are sent to the entire group

URL of the group:

The body of your mail message should contain the following command if you want to subscribe: “subscribe bowling-league”

You can unsubscribe from this list by sending mail to that contains this single line: “unsubscribe bowling-league”

For more details on using the mailing list commands, send mail to that contains this single line: “help”

If you experience any difficulties getting on the BOWLING LEAGUE or sending messages to the list for distribution to everyone on the list, please send an email message describing the problem to one of the student representatives.