April 6, 2011 § Leave a comment
Writing as Guest Author to Maura Cullen’s ‘The Diversity Speaker Newsletter,’ Brian Shimamoto discussed the issues regarding the lack of conversation when it comes to responding to discriminatory behavior. In particular, Shimamoto’s piece in the newsletter makes reference to the YouTube video which went viral of which a UCLA student made racist and bigoted anti-Asian commentary. This video was made a few hours after the devastating earthquake in Japan, and so the reponses made towards this student were quite violent, discriminatory, and hateful in themselves. Brian uses this example to discuss the problem of increasing hate, racism, sexism, and bigotry within retaliation. Its a good read.
March 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
Time Action Vision by Christian Holler
In Time Action Vision, Christian Holler, of the interdisciplinary Critical Curatorial Cybermedia program at the University of Art and Design in Geneva, conducts 12 conversations on the topics of cultural studies, post-colonialism, globalization, activism and cultural participation. His interlocutors are some of the most respected theoreticians and activists working today: groundbreaking Black Atlantic author Paul Gilroy, Birmingham School founder Stuart Hall (Resistance Through Rituals: Youth Subcultures in Postwar Britain), prolific author Tariq Ali (The Clash of Fundamentalisms), former Weather Underground member (and famed Obama associate) Bill Ayers, Marxist geography scholar David Harvey (Social Justice and the City), London-based art theorist and critic Irit Rogoff, Israeli-born scholar of post-colonialism and transnationalism Ella Shohat, South African post-colonial theorist Achille Mbembe, French filmmaker (and Godard collaborator) Jean-Pierre Gorin, cultural studies scholar Lawrence Grossberg, Australian cultural studies scholar Meaghan Morris and Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman.
January 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
– Martin Luther King Jr., December 11th, 1964
In light of the recent Arizona shootings, and MLK Day approaching us on Monday, January 17th, Martin Luther King Jr.’s words ring as crucial as they did in 1964.
Happy and safe long weekend everyone! 🙂
January 13, 2011 § Leave a comment
[By GILLIAN FLACCUS and JULIE PACE, Associated Press]
‘President Obama exhorted Americans to refrain from partisan bickering and urged the country to embrace the idealistic vision of democracy held by 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, the youngest Arizona shooting victim and an aspiring politician who is set to be buried Thursday in the first of half-a-dozen funerals.
Speaking to an arena audience of about 14,000 and even more in a nearby football stadium and at homes across the country, Obama drew on themes of unity, patriotism and heroism as he tried to help the nation make sense of a tragedy that unfolded as citizens were exercising their most basic of rights, meeting with their congresswoman.
Christina and five others were killed and 13 injured Saturday in a shooting rampage as a crowd waited to meet Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head and left gravely wounded. Obama revealed during his speech that she had opened her eyes for the first time shortly after he visited her bedside.
Obama focused on memories of the victims and the heroism of those who sprang to their aid after the gunfire. He steered clear of the political tit-for-tat that has consumed much of the dialogue since the massacre while acknowledging the “sharp polarization” that has gripped the country.’
To read the article in full, please CLICK HERE.
- Obama Urges Nation to Honor Youngest Ariz. Victim (abcnews.go.com)
- Memorial to honor youngest victim of Arizona mass shootings (cnn.com)
- Obama highlights young AZ victim at service (abclocal.go.com)
January 10, 2011 § Leave a comment
The ninth annual Diversity Week Noon Speakers program at the Indiana University School of Medicine will be Jan. 18-21 and will explore diversity in the medical sciences and the sometimes bumpy road to a career in biomedicine.
The public is invited to attend the presentations, which will be at noon in Myers Hall Auditorium at Wishard Memorial Hospital, 1001 W. Tenth Street, Indianapolis.
To find out more about schedules and speakers, click here.