Month: October 2011

Creating a Multicultural Democracy: Religion, Culture and Identity in America by Winona LaDuke

Winona LaDuke is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development renewable energy and food systems. Winona LaDuke lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party. Read more

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities.

Join us in listening to her views on religion, culture and identity in America.

| Tues., Nov. 1st | 7 p.m. | Harper Hall – Lawrence University |

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A classic collection of poems by a master of American verse – Selected Poems of Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes a celebrated American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and columnist.  In 1923, Hughes traveled abroad on a freighter to the Senegal, Nigeria, the Cameroons, Belgium Congo, Angola, and Guinea in Africa, and later to Italy and France, Russia and Spain. One of his favorite pastimes whether abroad or in Washington, D.C. or Harlem, New York was sitting in the clubs listening to blues, jazz and writing poetry. The poems in this collection were chosen by Hughes himself shortly before his death in 1967 and represent work from his entire career, including “The negro speaks of Rivers,” “The Weary Blues,” and many more. Enjoy!

Passionate Minds: Women Rewriting the World By Claudia Roth Pierpont

Passionate Minds is a series exploring the biographies and literary achievements of 12 modern women. The book is divided in to three sections. The first sections deals with sexual freedom in essays on Olive Schreiner, Gertrude Stein, Anais Nin, and famed Hollywood actress Mae West.  The second section examines race in the American south by writers such as Margaret Mitchell, Zora Neale Hurston, and Eudora Welty. The third focuses on politics and the interpretation of Nazis germany and soviet communism including the Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva, Ayn Rand, Doris Lesssin and a dual essay by Hannah Arendt and Mary Mcarthy.

Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry

Unsettling America is a collection of powerful, diverse poetry that is compelling in its mission—to challenge the idea of a static American cultural mythos. Its five sections each have a message of their own, though they all intersect with each other. Joy Harjo uses the backdrop of Anchorage to paint a picture of loss and survival and gives us a look at the harsh realities of life as a Native American in “Anchorage.” in “Praise the Tortilla, Praise the Menudo, Praise the Chorizo,” Ray Gonzalez reminisces the food of his boyhood. In the last poem of this anthology,”Growing Up Italian,” Maria Mazziotti Gillan realizes that she is proud to be an Italian. The poems in this anthology can be full of quiet longing and loss, and they can be angry and loud. However, the collection’s ending suggests a powerful uprising; it is full of hope that these voices will be heard and that all will be welcome at the negotiating table.

Multiethnic churches still rare across nation

As a young white minister, Michael Catt said he was fired from a Mississippi church for quoting Martin Luther King Jr. He never forgot it. “Getting fired … was really a pivotal, defining moment for me,” he said.

Now 58, he’s pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga., and among a few churches taking steps to create — and maintain — multiethnic congregations more than half a century after King…

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The science behind our amazing twins – one black, one white.

Kaydon and Layton Wood are just five yet already they are local celebrities.

Dressed in identical outfits (their parents have always taken great pride in doing so), the boys are often stopped in the street by passers-by who can’t believe it when they are told the pair are not only brothers, but twins.

In fact, the twins have been making headlines in regional newspapers since they were born – because one is white and the other black.

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Malaysia Muslims get counseling after church meet

Islamic authorities will provide counseling to a dozen Malaysian Muslims to “restore their belief and faith” after they attended a community dinner at a church hall, a royal sultan said Monday.

The case has triggered worries among officials in Muslim-majority Malaysia that some non-Muslims were trying to convert Muslims. Proselytizing of Muslims is punishable by….read more.