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#10Readings – May 15, 2016

In Art, Books, Chicago, Education, Events, Film, History, literature, music, news, University of Chicago on May 15, 2016 at 10:37 pm

Things I have Written

  1. Amplify Arts Conference | Voices UChicago
  2. 4 Events from 3rd Week | Voices UChicago

Books Recently Read (& Recommended)

3. The Big Short by Michael Lewis | The Financial System.  Run by honest geniuses.  Best of The Best.

4. Death from the Skies by Philip Plaitt | Clear Science Writing.  Lot of things to (not) worry about.

Found on the Internet

5. How Illinois Pays For Public Schools, $9,794 Vs. $28,639 | WBEZ |  unconscionable.

6. 2016: Age Of The On-Screen Black Superhero | Two years before #BlackPanther

7. Heads Up: More F-Bombs Being Dropped in Public, New Research Shows | It’s not just me.

8. ‘Normal America’ Is Not A Small Town Of White People | Demographics are changing, even if perceptions lag behind.

9. Columbia is first U.S. university to divest from prisons | Divestment movements remain a viable method to advance moral arguments

10. Oral history: Prince’s life, as told by the people who knew him best | One of many good stories about Prince published after his passing



“Gubernatorial” – Oct2014

In Chicago, Events, photography on October 18, 2014 at 6:51 am
Here are a few pictures from the Urban League & Business Leadership Council’s Gubernatorial debate at the DuSable Museum which I was the lucky recipient of a last-minute ticket to on Tuesday.
A few things:
  1. “Gubernatorial” is a word that is satisfying to say.
  2. Related:  why are there so few “Putting the Guber in Gubernatorial” jokes?
  3. Pat Quinn is an accomplished politician and is a natural in these kind of situations, whereas Rauner is not.
  4. Whether it’s inexperience or a lack of substance, Rauner doesn’t stray from his talking points at all.
  5. Since this debate was in part focused on issues of interest to African-Americans led to a few minutes of “who are your black friends/advisors” questions.
  6. Reverend Meeks is Rauner’s go-to guy on issues of connection to the African-American community.

from the Urban League Debate at DuSable Museum – Oct 2014
via Flickr

Speakers @ Mandela Memorial Chicago

In Africa, Chicago, Events on December 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm


Some of the speakers at the event hosted by the Rainbow Push Coalition


Governor Quinn at Mandela Memorial Chicago

In Africa, Chicago, Events on December 14, 2013 at 7:51 pm


December 2013 @ Rainbow Push Coalition. Chicago.


(Former) Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. [Updated]

In Chicago on November 23, 2012 at 12:01 am

I snapped this picture of  Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. when I saw him speak in January of this year at the Rainbow Push Coalition and have to say that seeing/hearing him in person was the first time I really understood why he was such a big deal.  In Chicago, we’re used to the second generation (the Daleys, the Strogers, etc.) not always being overly impressive as speakers or commanding as personalities, but Jackson Jr. was both.   It made it even more incomprehensible that someone as remarkable as the congressman would get involved with the Blagojevich’s of the world.

All said, I’m thinking of this as a tragedy – evenif it is one that turns out to be largely the congressman’s own doing.

One of the best articles I’ve seen on the Congressman was written before the election (and this entire story took a sharp turn) was in the NY Mag – “Jr. – Who Thwarted the Ambitions of Jesse Jackson’s Son”.

Definitely worth checking out.

Update:  “Recognizing the Long Arc Of Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Congressional Service” at the Nation merits a read!


Romney @UCHICAGO (March 2012)

In University of Chicago on March 19, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Here are some photos, presented without commentary, that I took at Mitt Romney’s appearance today at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy’s “Presidency 2012” lecture series.