What we can do

Trump is president elect. My classes are full of tearful students asking what can be done. In truth I have no idea, and very few of us truly do I suspect. It will be some time before anyone gets their footing. This seems true of everyone I encounter, even though …

Contingent Academic Labor

This is the story of OSU breaking promises (and contracts) to fund FT contingent teachers of first year writing. #contingentacademiclabor https://t.co/j7l0DlaGQZ — David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) October 24, 2016 Earlier this week a colleague linked me to the above tweet summarizing an ongoing debate over the employment status of the …

Community Justice Film Series launches this weekend!

I’ll be working with a team of 10 amazing facilitators to hear from the Richmond community what we want for our schools. One of the short films we’ll be watching is Chicago Public Schools: Closed.  Join us at the inaugural meeting of Richmond’s Community Justice Film Series! We’ll have food, films, …

Breakbeat Poetry

This week my Culture | Counterculture class is set to start reading The Breakbeat Poets, which offers me something I haven’t had in a while: poetry. I spent a lot of my younger life on poetry, but the past few years have left me uncertain where we stand. Poetry first took me to …

More Just Mercy resources for Fall semester 2016:

The semester is in full swing, and if you’re teaching Just Mercy there’s still more you need to know! First, Ava DuVerney’s 13th has hit Netflix and it’s an excellent companion for teaching Just Mercy. Stevenson has lectured in the past about the direct line between human enslavement in the US and our current …

In which I need to stop rage tweeting and cannot

#HowToConfuseAMillennial make income inequality worse, let student debt hit $1 trillion nationwide, then tell them the system worked — Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones) September 4, 2016 I’m in Ohio for the long weekend (yay!) meeting my new niece (YAY!), and I’ve happened across Steven’s Pearlstein’s “Meet the parents who won’t let their …

This is what we need to make it through the week

Because

As we face fear in these times, and fear is all around us, we also have anti-fear. It’s hard to imagine or measure. The background radiation is simply too static to be able to be seen under the normal spectral analysis.

 

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Resources for teaching Just Mercy

Hello beloved colleagues! Here is a starter kit on teaching Just Mercy, mass incarceration, and racial reconciliation in the classroom. There’s more. There’s so much more. Just ask. Mass incarceration – the data:  “The Whole Pie” – Prison Policy Institute State-by-State incarceration data – The Sentencing Project State-by-State incarceration racial demographics – Prison Policy Institute One in … Continue reading Resources for teaching Just Mercy