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“Khusugtun Mongolian Ethnic Ballad Group – March 2017”

In Art, Events, music, photography, University of Chicago on March 18, 2017 at 6:25 am

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“Junot Diaz @UChicago, Oct 2015”

In Art, Books, Events, literature, photography, University of Chicago on October 20, 2015 at 9:17 pm

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“Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.”

In Chicago, Education, Events, History, photography, University of Chicago on January 15, 2015 at 10:13 pm

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Tom Brokaw at IOP/UChicago #GunPolitics

In Chicago, University of Chicago on January 16, 2013 at 6:47 pm


Teaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair – 2012 #TSJFair

In Chicago, Education on November 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Here are some photos and tweets from the “Teachers for Social Justice Curriculum Fair” held today at Kenwood Academy! Inspiring and Thought-Provoking.

  1. shazrasul
    At the “Teaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair” at Kenwood Academy this morning.

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 08:33:50
  2. Sat, Nov 17 2012 09:06:52
  3. MartinLRitter
    RT @KatieOsgood_: Getting super excited for the TSJ Curriculum Fair, THIS Saturday Nov 17 at Kenwood Acad 5015 S Blackstone. Going to be amazing! #TSJFair

    Sun, Nov 11 2012 14:25:54
  4. uchicagoNSP
    At the Teaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair at Kenwood Academy. Opening Ceremony at 11, Karen Lewis at 4…

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 08:44:19
  5. uchicagoNSP
    Aisha El-Amin from TSJ delivering the welcome and introduction #tsj2012

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 09:10:18
  6. uchicagoNSP
    Brandon Johnson, #CTU #tsj2012 #TSJFair

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 09:20:55
  7. shazrasul
    RT @KatieOsgood_: Johnson: They want excellence without equity. They have separated racial justice and social economic justice. #TSJFair #EduJustice

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 09:25:04
  8. KatieOsgood_
    Johnson: We have to have conversations, all over the city, country! Whose Schools? Our Schools! #TSJFair #EduJustice

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 09:31:24
  9. shazrasul
    RT @KatieOsgood_: Now Lorena Jasso, Social Justice HS parent now speaking. Giving history of #SOJO-the 19 day hunger strike in 2001 #TSJFair #EduJustice

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 09:37:47
  10. uchicagoNSP
    Lorena Jasso, Parent #TSJFair #tsj2012

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 09:36:58
  11. shazrasul
    Quote “respect for others is peace” #TSJFair

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 09:47:45
  12. breezydayz
    RT @uchicagoNSP: student Aquila Griffin on the injustice of a 2-tier system. “lakeview deserves those programs, but so do we” #TSJFair

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 09:56:32
  13. KatieOsgood_
    Aquila speaking about 2-tier system. Lakeview, Whitney Young, etc all have APs, multiple lang, art. They deserve that, but so do I! #TSJFair

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 09:52:00
  14. shazrasul
    There are no better advocates for CPS students than CPS students, we have to get their voices into these conversations

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 10:00:11
  15. TeachForJustice
    RT @KatieOsgood_: Kenwood Principal now speaking: We believe in the work. Principal was a student, later teacher at Dunbar. Always in CPS #TSJFair

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 10:02:04
  16. kevincoval
    RT @uchicagoNSP: Going to check out Kevin Coval’s session at 2:30 #TSJFair

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 14:30:42
  17. kevincoval
    RT @uchicagoNSP: Kevin Coval of Chicago young authors at #TSJFair on more “sh*t chief keef don’t like”

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 14:30:55
  18. shazrasul
    Chicago – Hog Butcher to the World…

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 12:56:53
  19. shazrasul
    Coval recs Patricia Smith as one of the great modern/current poets. #TSJFair

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 13:01:33
  20. uchicagoNSP
    Great conversation about how to use literature/discussion to address issues of violence #TSJFair

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 13:39:02
  21. shazrasul
    RT @uchicagoNSP: Karen Lewis #TSJFair

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 14:18:03
  22. shazrasul
    “My children are not numbers” – Karen Lewis #TSJFair

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 14:19:50
  23. shazrasul
    RT @KatieOsgood_: Lewis: Connect the dots. How do you profess to love our children, but hate their parents. How do you destroy a comm & say helping? #TSJFair

    Sat, Nov 17 2012 14:23:25

“After Mandela” – Doug Foster @UCHICAGOCIS (10/17/2012)

In Africa, Books, History, University of Chicago on October 17, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I’m at about page 80 of Doug Foster’s “After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa“, so I jumped at the opportunity to hear him speak at the IHOUSE as part of the Global Voices series.

I walked in with some trepidation about another foreign writer writing about South Africa, which has been the subject of so much schlock journalism over the years. While I’m not entirely sure that the book is entirely divorced of the lazy writing that categorizes everything South African as Miracle or Tragedy, I’m at least pleased that Foster addressed it in his comments and then moreso during the Q&A.

Looking forward to finishing the book!


  • He referred to the book as having an “Upstairs / downstairs setup” where in one stream he talks to political leaders (most notably Jacob Zuma) about South Africa from their perspective, and in the other stream he talks to youngsters and a cross section of the society.
  • Heavy emphasis on the “Born free generation”. Note: 40% of South Africans are under the age of 18.
  • He eagerly shared his first “Mlungu” moment, where he confidently declared that yes, he knows eminem.
  • Very conscientious that “As an outsider you have to struggle to avoid falling into tropes” and stressed that as a journalist his number 1 goal was fidelity to the story
  • 6 featured stories, lots of group interviews. 1000s of people covered in the group interviews.
  • I asked a question about Zuma’s assuming a more leftist stance that Mbeki during the election, and then reverting to form, and what that means for Malema who is also trying to outflank Zuma on the left. Foster’s answer was interesting — that Zuma didn’t do as much posturing as we’d think and that for the most part he just let people create the persona (the non-Mbeki persona) that they were comfortable voting for
  • He didn’t take my question about Malema, but he took the next person’s — basically he thinks Malema learned quite a bit from following zuma around in ’07, but that he will most likely end up in jail.
  • He thinks the move to oust Zuma is coming from a cadre of core ANC loyalists who feel like Zuma has strayed too far in many directions — not from folks to “the left” who want most socialist land/economic policies.
  • Neatest part of the talk was that he played some of the audio from the actual interviews so you could hear the voices of some of the featured subjects. Very nice touch.


Pelosi – Jackson at Rainbow Push 2012 / @rpcoalition

In Chicago on March 3, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Here are a few pictures from former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi‘s visit this morning to the Rainbow Push Coalition, where she made an appearance on Rev. Jesse Jackson‘s Saturday Forum.   She later endorsed Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. in his re-election bid.

Note: I also attended a RP Coalition Saturday Forum in January.


Part One: #UCHICAGO #MLK 2012 – Geoffrey Canada

In Education, University of Chicago on January 15, 2012 at 10:39 am

Here are a few pictures snapped at the University of Chicago’s 2012 MLK celebration with Geoffrey Canada.

Open Books Chicago

In Chicago, Events on November 23, 2009 at 12:06 am

Three Cheers for Open Books! This weekend was the grand opening of their downtown Chicago store (near the Chicago stop on the Brown Line train). Open Books is a non-profit bookstore with a wealth of energy & programming devoted to addressing the scourge of illiteracy while promoting a lively atmosphere for reading.

I made it out there on Saturday afternoon, and was impressed by the place and the energetic staff. If you’re in the chicagoland area, check them out!

Open Books Website:

A New City Article about the Open Books ethos:

Plight of The Poors (South Africa)

In Africa, Events, University of Chicago on November 12, 2009 at 12:34 am

Earlier this week, I went Ashraf Cassiem’s talk (notes) at the University of Chicago about the Western Cape’s Anti-Eviction Campaign (South Africa), and the plight of the poor in the developing world… where the term “privatization” now has all the airs of a modernized variant of “colonization”.

I can recommend (at least) two very different books about the plight of the poor in South Africa.

In 2007, I read “We Are the Poors” by Ashwin Desai which details efforts by community groups that work in a similar space as Cassiem’s, advocating for the poor in circumstances of evictions, water shortages, medicine shortages, and crime.  Desai’s book does a great job of conveying the extra-ordinariness of the way these groups band together, and to highlight the adversarial tone taken by the governments towards the poor.

A very different book is David Cohen’s “People Who Have Stolen from Me: Rough Justice in South Africa” which I read in 2005.  While really about the complex nature of crime as seen through the happenings in a furniture store in Johannesburg, Cohen touches upon all of the massive change, upheaval, and social injustices that factor in.  It’s clearly a much more nuanced picture of causes of crime than the caricatures you’ll find on the nightly news.