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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



#10Readings – April 3, 2016

In Africa, Art, Books, Chicago, Education, History, literature, news on April 3, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Things I have Written

1. Not A Diarist – March 31, 2016. #marooned

Books I have read recently

2.  March: Book 2 by  John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Things Read on the internet

3. Can $86 Million Save a Neighborhood? | On the Comer Foundation, Pocket-Town, and Chicago

4. Liberia outsources entire education system to a private American firm. Why all should pay attention |  On outsourcing a national education system

5. The changing rules of segregation in Chicago: or, a Chinatown grows in Bronzeville | On the mechanics of segregation, population shift, and change in Chicago

6.  College endowments under scrutiny | What requirements should there be for tax-exempt institutions with significant (>$1B) endowments?

7. The Journalist and the Troll: This Man Spent Two Years Trying to Destroy Me Online  | What a horror-show the Internet can be.

8.  Death by gentrification: the killing that shamed San Francisco | Rebecca Solnit

9.  The Republican Party Must Answer for What It Did to Kansas and Louisiana  | When do experiments get termed failures?

10.   McSweeney’s List: The Basic Types of Literary Conflict.  | Pants vs. Everything.




10Readings – Jan 11- Feb 7 #recommended

In Art, Books, Education, History, literature, news, photography, Social Media, sociology, Technology on February 7, 2016 at 11:55 pm


Humans of New York

When My Brother was an Aztec

Bad Feminist

Lobster is the Best Medicine


One-Touch to Inbox Zero — Forte Labs — Medium

The real reasons behind the U.S. teacher shortage

Read This Before Co-Opting MLK Jr.

Ella Taught Me: Shattering the Myth of the Leaderless Movement

What School Segregation Looks Like

Twitter’s Brainstorming Notes for Potential New Features.


“Junot Diaz @UChicago, Oct 2015”

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

via Instagram

“They don’t give a damn about us”

In Chicago, Events, Film, History, photography, University of Chicago on February 20, 2015 at 10:14 pm

via Instagram

“Cornel West @ UChicago RMC (Feb 2015)”

In Books, Education, Events, History, photography, sociology, University of Chicago on February 2, 2015 at 7:11 am

via Instagram

“Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.”

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

via Instagram

Angela Davis @UCCharterSchool (Chicago, May 2013)

In Chicago, Education, University of Chicago on May 3, 2013 at 9:52 am

In advance of her talk at the University of Chicago on May 3rd, the legendary Angela Davis spoke to students at the UCCharter School.

Angela Davis

Tweets courtesy of the Neighborhood Schools Program at the University of Chicago:

Review — Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

In Books, History on November 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jarringly Powerful. Discomforting.

Hedges and Sacco’s collaboration tells both a small intimate story of individuals caught up in a cycle of poverty fueled by oppression and disdain from the ruling classes, and the very big story of that oppression and exploitation.

Agree with conclusions/politics or not, the act of looking at these particular “sacrifice zones” alone forces one to think through how much injustice comes to pass, and to what degree we are to tolerate/promote the continuation of such practices/outcomes.

I’ll say that Hedges conclusions are a little further afield than I’d probably take them, and that I do not share his enthusiasm for the Occupy movement as such the profound turning point in this kind of debate as he asserts (I’d say that it’s feasible that this model may change how people across racial/economic divides organize themselves versus the powers that be but that we have to see what persists), but the kind of mixed media approach that Sacco and Hedges take makes one take a fresh look and reassess one’s own opinions and fact base.

Definitely Worth-Reading.

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