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Posted by Progressive Pupil on January 12, 2017
Enjoy this custom playlist by our outreach director Shannon Shird. Lemonade a Seat at the Table
Posted by Progressive Pupil on October 6, 2016
Today, the New York Times reported in an astonishing video on racist, islamophobic, homophobic and misogynist statements emboldened by the Orange one at his campaign rallies. One attendee remarks, “this is the last chance…to preserve the culture I grew up in.” Please share with a friend who is considering not voting this election year.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on August 3, 2016
During the Caribbean Studies Association 2016 conference I met a number of brilliant young Haitian-Americans, including a 20-something Cornell PhD candidate whose project focuses on Black feminist political theory in contemporary novels by Caribbean authors. Her mother emigrated from Haiti before she was born and left the country permanently in the early aughts. I had to admit to her my ignorance of the precise details of Haitian history that motivated her mom to leave Haiti.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on June 13, 2016
Clockwise from left: author Zora Neale Hurston, Hurston and her partner Percival Punter, and Haitian “zombie” photographed by Hurston during her fieldwork 1936-1937.
On the tap-tap (Port-au-Prince take on the dollar cab/combi/collectivo) from Touissaint Louverture airport yesterday, I had the good fortune of running into Prof. Daphne LaMothe of Smith College. An expert in African American literature, Prof. LaMothe shared with me that Zora Neale Hurston wrote the essential novel Their Eyes Were Watching God here in Haiti in just seven weeks.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on June 5, 2016
In this episode of “Breaking Down Racism,” blogger and author GaBrilla Ballard opens up about how the challenges of discussing race with children and pushing aside stereotypical assumptions of what it means to be a Black Mom.
Produced by Azra Samiee
Directed by Chris Stafford
Written by Caroline Batzdorf
Host/Executive Producer Robin J. Hayes, PhD
Recorded at The New School in New York City.
Pictured Chicago mother and child. 1973. photographed by John H. White for the Environmental Protection Agency.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on January 18, 2016
January 1, 1804 the Haitian revolution succeeds. To learn more about Haitian history, Progressive Pupil suggests The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James and The Uses of Haiti by Paul Farmer. What are some of the biggest misconceptions we have about Haiti today?
Posted by Progressive Pupil on January 1, 2016
On January 1, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation making slavery illegal in the US. Soon afterwards, newspapers such as the Southwestern Christian Advocate in New Orleans were flooded with letters and advertisements by freedmen searching for their mothers, children, and spouses who had been sold or disappeared, or who had fled the brutality of plantation owners. These letters reveal no one ever adjusted to slavery. And the trauma the experience caused endured long after Lincoln’s decree. How does slavery continue to impact African American families today?
Posted by Progressive Pupil on January 1, 2016
Latin America’s Cold War by Hal Brands is the first historical text to take an international perspective on the postwar decades in the Latin American region. Hal Brands sets out to explain what exactly happened in Latin America during the Cold War, and why it was so traumatic. Ultimately, Brands exposes Latin America’s Cold War as not a single conflict, but rather a series of overlapping political, social, geostrategic, and ideological struggles whose repercussions can be felt to this day.
Read Hal Brands’ Latin America’s Cold War and check out the award-winning documentary Black and Cuba. Present day Cuba discussed in the documentary can not be fully understood without the context and history that Brands’ historical text provides.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on September 1, 2015
The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Concise History by Don Munton and David A. Welch dispenses a brief and accessible historical narrative pertaining to The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. The authors draw on newly available documents to provide a comprehensive treatment of its causes, events, consequences, and significance. The different viewpoints from the Soviet Union, Cuba, and the United States are examined in this book as well.
Read The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Concise History and watch the award winning documentary Black and Cuba. The Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of a nuclear war during the Cold War and deepened the divide in public relations between the United States and Cuba. The history and documentary go hand in hand to understand the Missile Crisis and its’ effect on today.
Posted by Progressive Pupil on August 30, 2015
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