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

Checking in and Catching up

I’ve barely written at all this year, on my VCU site or on any of the other spaces I frequent online. I think the only online space that’s seen much of me lately is Twitter, in part because it’s so merciful for people who are low on resources. Over the …

UndocuAlly Training this Sunday:

This initiative was spearheaded by VCU ASPiRE students! I’m incredibly lucky to get to work with these guys: We are holding an event called UndocuAlly Training in Harris Hall room 2107 on Sunday, March 20th, from 10am to 2pm. The UndocuAlly Training is simply a workshop designed to inform participants–both students and faculty–about the struggles of Undocumented students and …

TODAY: Self-Publishing and Social Justice Workshop / Black Lives Matter Symposium

4:30 – Self-Publishing and Social Justice Workshop The VCU Association of Black Social Workers cosponsors the Self-Publishing and Social Justice Workshop in the Academic Learning Commons, Room 3201. The workshop will offer participants information on how to self-publish books. Graphic novels offer well-written and exciting stories, new points of view and …