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Boko Haram Huntress 0 R. Rini Larson by Rosie Collyer — “Since the dawn of humanity, hunters have roamed the forests and savannahs of Africa. Fast forward to the 21st century, and there is no big game left in northeastern Nigeria. Artillery fire exchanged between Boko Haram fighters and the Nigerian military has scared the animals away. Now, hunters track and capture rebel fighters. Feared for their superior tracking skills and their belief in the supernatural, they help the military hunt down Boko Haram. With little or no money from the authorities, hunters rely on locally made weapons to fight a heavily armed enemy. Boko Haram, whose name roughly translates to "Western education is forbidden", has waged a 10-year armed campaign to create an Islamic state in northeastern Nigeria. The group has killed tens of thousands, displaced 2.3 million from their homes, and is ranked among the world's deadliest armed groups. Chief among the hunters is Aisha Bakari Gombi. She is the "Queen Hunter", a title given to her for bravery on the battlefield. Aisha and her band of hunters defend their communities. Boko Haram's camps are in the forests and mountains where Aisha went hunting with her father as a child. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on the Al Jazeera website. Collyer, Rosie. "Boko Haram Huntress." Al Jazeera (April 17, 2018). <https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/boko-haram-huntress-180410112841843.html>
by R. Rini Larson
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Dynamic Duo Bill and Marcie Cohen Ferris to Retire 0 R. Rini Larson Kim Weaver Spurr —  "On a cold morning last fall, professors Bill Ferris and Marcie Cohen Ferris were sitting in the cozy kitchen of their downtown Chapel Hill home, reflecting on being recruited to Carolina in 2002. Mugs of coffee and plates of homemade blueberry bread helped to keep the conversation flowing, with periodic interruptions from dogs Roper and Albe, who were playing at their feet. The kitchen is often the spot for end-of-class gatherings. Note the directions given to students: 'We have two exuberant white labs who are over-the-top with energy and love. Be prepared for uncontrollable jumping and face-licking.' In 2001, Bill, an authority on Southern literature, folklore and blues music and an accomplished documentary photographer/filmmaker, had just finished a four-year stint as chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, appointed by President Bill Clinton. Marcie, a scholar of food studies, Jewish studies and material culture, was wrapping up a Ph.D. in American studies at George Washington University. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on the Carolina Arts and Sciences website. Weaver Spurr, Kim. "Dynamic Duo." Carolina Arts and Sciences (March 19, 2018). <http://magazine.college.unc.edu/2018/03/dynamic-duo/>
by R. Rini Larson
Monday, April 23, 2018
Dry, the Beloved Country 0 R. Rini Larson Eve Fairbanks —  "When I moved to South Africa nine years ago, one of the first things some locals told me was to be careful using GPS. The country had rules of navigation, they told me, but ones more complicated and intuitive than a computer could manage. You could drive through this neighborhood, but not at night. You could drive through that one, but roll up your windows, especially if you are white. It was often white South Africans who talked about the GPS, but many black South Africans agreed. It was sad, everybody would say; sad that the once-segregated country seemed not to have fully gotten over its past. But that was the way it was. Those were the rules. Some had come to think of them, painfully, as a fact of nature, of the human race. I thought of these rules when I flew into Cape Town, South Africa’s second-largest city, in March. Over the last three years, Cape Town has been suffering an extraordinary, once-in-300-years drought—helped along, most analysts surmise, by climate change. The shift in the city’s physical appearance is astonishing. The Cape is cordoned off from the rest of the country by a 5,000-foot-high wall of mountains. To the northeast, the landscape looks like the Africa of safari brochures: dry, hot and then jungly. But in the little bowl-shaped area couched between the mountain range and the southwestern tip of the African continent, the climate is exceptional. Its technical name is “Mediterranean.” To look out from the peaks toward Cape Town, a city of 4 million distinguished by genteel architecture and craggy slopes, has traditionally been like glimpsing Greece, if Greece were even dreamier: ivory houses, cobalt sea, olive hills, all threaded through by ribbons of gold and twinkles of topaz from wine farms. Fed by five times more rainfall than South Africa’s arid central region, the Cape area is one of the most diverse floral kingdoms on Earth, boasting giant blush-colored blooms. Cloud formations, from billowing white cumulonimbus to fogs that flow like rivers to mists that course like waterfalls off the top of Table Mountain, the crag that looms over the city, make heaven seem almost like a real place here, as playful and richly landscaped as the earth below. ..." To continue reading, visit the full piece on the Huffington Post website. Fairbanks, Eve. "Dry, the Beloved Country." Huffington Post (April 19, 2018). <https://highline.huffingtonpost.com/articles/en/cape-town-drought/?ncid=newsltushpmgnews__TheMorningEmail__042018>
by R. Rini Larson
Monday, April 23, 2018
For War Refugees, Bedsheets Are a Reminder of Home 0 R. Rini Larson By Nina Strochlic —  "On her first day in the sprawling South Sudanese settlement of Bidibidi in Uganda, home to almost 300,000 refugees, Swedish-German photographer Nora Lorek approached a woman and asked what she’d brought from home. 'Nothing,' she replied, 'except for some clothes wrapped in my bedsheet.' Lorek scribbled, 'bedsheet???' in her notebook. Civil war between the north and south has plagued Sudan on and off since the 1950s. In 2011, South Sudan separated from Sudan and became the world’s newest country. Soon after, in 2013, a power struggle erupted between leaders, and the country plunged into civil war. There were periods of quiet, but in 2016, on the eve of the fifth anniversary of independence, a peace deal fell apart and war resumed. Every day thousands of refugees streamed across the border into Uganda, where they’re allowed to work, farm, and go to school. For some it was their second, third, or fourth time fleeing home. Bidibidi soon became one of the world’s largest refugee settlements. In August 2017 the millionth refugee arrived since fighting started in 2013. Uganda has one of the world’s more progressive refugee policies, but the number of new arrivals threatened to strain its hospitality. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on the National Geographic website. Strochlic, Nina. "For War Refugees, Bedsheets Are a Reminder of Home." National Geographic (May 2018). <https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/05/proof-photography-refugees-uganda-bidibidi-south-sudan/?beta=true>
by R. Rini Larson
Monday, April 23, 2018
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Gets Her Day in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 0 R. Rini Larson Bruce Warren —  "Sister Rosetta Tharpe's electric gospel sound was crucial in paving the way for rock and roll, and the late singer and guitarist is finally getting her day at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. She joins this a class of inductees that includes big-name rock bands like Bon Jovi, Dire Straits and The Cars. Rosetta Tharpe was a huge star in her time. Born in a small town in Arkansas in 1915, she was raised in the Pentecostal church. Tharpe honed her musical talent at tent revivals and churches, but found fame after moving to New York City in the 1930s. Her electric sanctified sound was an overnight sensation in the city's nightclubs, and secular audiences fell in love with her ecstatic guitar playing. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on the NPR website. Warren, Bruce. "Sister Rosetta Tharpe Gets Her Day in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame." NPR (April 12, 2018). <https://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2018/04/12/601808069/sister-rosetta-tharpe-gets-her-day-in-the-rock-roll-hall-of-fame>
by R. Rini Larson
Monday, April 23, 2018
Denmark Asks Unesco to Give 'Hygge' World Heritage Status 0 R. Rini Larson By Hugh Morris —  “Denmark has applied for the art of hygge—its own brand of everyday happiness—to be inscribed on the Unesco list of 'intangible cultural heritage', protecting it for generations as an essential and historic part of global society. The wellness trend—pronounced ‘hoo-gah’—made waves in 2015, broadly embodying the Danes’ ability to appear constantly relaxed and refreshed, and spawning a fury of coffee table books, pub A-boards and self-help articles. Last year, hygge, which is credited as the reason Denmark is regularly polled as one of the happiest nations on the planet, was shortlisted as the Oxford English Dictionary’s most influential word of 2016, losing out, perhaps tellingly, to post-truth. …” To continue reading, visit the full article on The Telegraph's website. Morris, Hugh. “Denmark Asks Unesco to Give 'Hygge' World Heritage Status.” The Telegraph (April 12, 2018). <https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/denmark/articles/hygge-unesco-intangible-cultural-heritage-list/amp/>  
by R. Rini Larson
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
The Chinese Workers Who Assemble Designer Bags in Tuscany 0 R. Rini Larson By D. T. Max —  “The first significant wave of Chinese immigrants arrived in the industrial zone around Prato, a city fifteen miles northwest of Florence, in the nineteen-nineties. Nearly all of them came from Wenzhou, a port city south of Shanghai. For the Chinese, the culture shock was more modest than one might have expected. ‘The Italians were friendly,’ one early arrival remembered. ‘Like the Chinese, they called one another Uncle. They liked family.’ In Tuscany, business life revolved around small, interconnected firms, just as it did in Wenzhou, a city so resolutely entrepreneurial that it had resisted Mao’s collectivization campaign. The Prato area was a hub for mills and workshops, some of which made clothes and leather goods for the great fashion houses. If you were willing to be paid off the books, and by the piece, Prato offered plenty of opportunities. Many Wenzhouans found jobs there. ‘The Italians, being canny, would subcontract out their work to the Chinese,’ Don Giovanni Momigli, a priest whose parish, near Prato, included an early influx of Chinese, told me. ‘Then they were surprised when the Chinese began to do the work on their own.’ …” To continue reading, visit the full article on The New Yorker website. Max, D. T. "The Chinese Workers Who Assemble Designer Bags in Tuscany." The New Yorker (April 16, 2018). <https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/04/16/the-chinese-workers-who-assemble-designer-bags-in-tuscany>
by R. Rini Larson
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
A Supersized Music Modernization ‘Mega-Act’ Being Introduced Into Congress 0 R. Rini Larson By Daniel Sanchez —   “Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), along with seven other sponsors, are now introducing the long-awaited Music Modernization Act.  Only this time, with a few notable changes and several key provisions and proposals from other legislative efforts.  The bill is expected to have markups finalized Wednesday, and move into the broader House of Representatives. So forget about the old Music Modernization Act.  Because this one is getting seriously super-sized. The new Music Modernization Act combines proposals from four individual legislative efforts into a single bill.  As before, the bill aims to transform how mechanical royalties are collected.  But the new legislative effort now contains provisions from the controversial CLASSICS Act.  It also contains parts from the Allocation for Music Producers (AMP) Act, the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, and a songwriter-specific version of the original Music Modernization Act. …” To continue reading, visit the full article on the Digital Music News website. Sanchez, Daniel. "A Supersized Music Modernization ‘Mega-Act’ Is Being Introduced Into Congress." Digital Music News (April 10, 2018). <https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2018/04/10/groundbreaking-music-modernization-act/>
by R. Rini Larson
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Watch Barbara Hillers' Lecture "Folktales and Reality" on Youtube 0 R. Rini Larson Dr. Barbara Hillers (University College Dublin) gave a lecture titled "Folktales and Reality: Ireland's Rural Laborer and the Social Contract in The Master’s Good Counsels (ATU 910B)" at Indiana University (IU) on February 8, 2018. Watch it on the IU Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology Youtube Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LtU-mwj5aU&t=3239s.   Lecture Abstract: The hero of The Master’s Good Counsels is a migrant laborer, forced to leave his home to make a living elsewhere; after many adventures, he is finally reunited with his wife and child. This international folktale exhibits a high degree of  social realism and is particularly popular in countries where rural poverty and migrant labor were widespread like Ireland. The tale offers invaluable insights into Irish social history and material culture and, above all, expresses the storytellers' hope for a better life and a more equitable social contract.   Bio: Barbara Hillers holds a tenured faculty position in Irish Folklore at University College Dublin; she has previously taught at Harvard and at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Her publications are in the areas of folk narrative and song in Ireland and Scotland, the role of gender in song tradition, and medieval and modern continuities in Gaelic literature. She is the co-editor of Child's Children: Ballad Study and its Legacies (2012), and Charms, Charmers and Charming in Ireland (forthcoming). Her more recent research areas include children's folklore, healing charms, and magic.
by R. Rini Larson
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Are Lithuanians Obsessed with Bees? 0 R. Rini Larson  By Will Mawhood —  "In mid-January, the snow made the little coastal town of Šventoji in north-west Lithuania feel like a film set. Restaurants, shops and wooden holiday cabins all sat silently with their lights off, waiting for the arrival of spring. I found what I was looking for on the edge of the town, not far from the banks of the iced-over Šventoji river and within earshot of the Baltic Sea: Žemaitiu alka, a shrine constructed by the Lithuanian neo-pagan organisation Romuva. Atop a small hillock stood 12 tall, thin, slightly tapering wooden figures. The decorations are austere but illustrative: two finish in little curving horns; affixed to the top of another is an orb emitting metal rays. One is adorned with nothing but a simple octagon. I looked down to the words carved vertically into the base and read ‘Austėja’. Below it was the English word: ‘bees’. …” To continue reading, visit the full article on the BBC website. Mawhood, Will. "Are Lithuanians Obsessed with Bees?" BBC - Travel (March 20, 2018). <http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180319-are-lithuanians-obsessed-with-bees>
by R. Rini Larson
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Denmark Gets First Public Statue of a Black Woman, a ‘Rebel Queen’ 0 R. Rini Larson By Martin Selsoe Sorenson —  “COPENHAGEN — The statue of the woman is nearly 23 feet tall. Her head is wrapped and she stares straight ahead while sitting barefoot, but regally, in a wide-backed chair, clutching a torch in one hand and a tool used to cut sugar cane in the other. In Denmark, where most of the public statues represent white men, two artists on Saturday unveiled the striking statue in tribute to a 19th-century rebel queen who had led a fiery revolt against Danish colonial rule in the Caribbean. They said it was Denmark’s first public monument to a black woman. The sculpture was inspired by Mary Thomas, known as one of “the three queens.” Thomas, along with two other female leaders, unleashed an uprising in 1878 called the “Fireburn.” Fifty plantations and most of the town of Frederiksted in St. Croix were burned, in what has been called the largest labor revolt in Danish colonial history. …" To continue reading, visit the full article on The New York Times website. Sorenson, Martin Selsoe. "Denmark Gets First Public Statue of a Black Woman, a ‘Rebel Queen.’" The New York Times (March 31, 2018). <https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/31/world/europe/denmark-statue-black-woman.html>
by R. Rini Larson
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Amid Rapid Change, Blue-Collar Astoria Pauses for Poetry 0 R. Rini Larson By Knute Berger and Matt M. McKnight —  "ASTORIA, Ore. — It was a gathering that drew us to Astoria, just where U.S. Highway 101 crosses into Oregon from Washington. Route 101 snakes its way along the West Coast from California to Washington state. In our state, it finally moves away from the shoreline and loops like a boathook around the Olympic Mountains back down Hood Canal and ends in Tumwater, onetime terminus for the Oregon Trail. The highway is famous for its scenery and stretches that can induce carsickness with its curves and dips. It’s also known as a road that reflects the culture, history and differing communities and political viewpoints of our state. For the beginning of an occasional series on the people and places along Highway 101, Crosscut photojournalist Matt M. McKnight and I decided to start in Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia River. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on the The Crosscut website. Berger, Knute and Matt M. McKnight. "Amid Rapid Change, Blue-Collar Astoria Pauses for Poetry." The Crosscut (March 30, 2018). <https://crosscut.com/2018/03/amid-rapid-change-blue-collar-astoria-pauses-poetry>
by R. Rini Larson
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Move Over, Brisket. There Are Fresher Foods 'Too Good To Passover' 0 R. Rini Larson By Deena Prichep —  "Passover is a holiday celebrating the Jews' exodus from slavery — and also a broader embrace of the coming spring, of fresh green shoots both literal and metaphorical. But the menu? More often than not, in America, you're talking stodgy winter foods like gefilte fish and brisket, seasoned (if at all) with heavy aromatics. These aren't dishes that point to the coming spring. They're dishes that come from the root cellar. That's because the majority of American Jews are Ashkenazim, with roots in chilly Eastern Europe. But cookbook writer and culinary instructor Jennifer Abadi's family (and family recipes) came from Syria. Growing up, Seder meals involved lamb shanks and lemony soup with rice and meatballs. And after teaching cooking classes where students were hungry for these sunnier flavors, she began collecting recipes from other Sephardic and Judeo-Arabic first-generation families, preserving both the dishes and the stories behind them. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on NPR.com. Prichep, Deena. "Move Over, Brisket. There Are Fresher Foods 'Too Good To Passover.'" NPR (March 29, 2018). <https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/03/29/597127739/move-over-brisket-there-are-fresher-foods-too-good-to-passover>
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, March 30, 2018
Using Story to Change Systems 0 R. Rini Larson By Ella Satlmarshe —  "In Liverpool, an exhausted homeless shelter worker puts her head in her hands at the end of another long day. The system she works in is failing the people it is supposed to serve, and she feels powerless to change it. In Qatar, a group of migrant workers toil under a blazing sun, building the new stadium for the World Cup. Soon they will return to a filthy, overcrowded labor camp for a few hours rest. Subjected to forced labor, they are dying in record numbers. In Singapore, a group of scientists, policymakers, and NGOs try to understand how to build a resilient agricultural system. They struggle to agree on anything. Each of these bleak scenarios illustrates the role of story in changing a system. Stories make, prop up, and bring down systems. Stories shape how we understand the world, our place in it, and our ability to change it. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on Stanford Social Innovation Review website. Saltmarshe, Ella. "Using Story to Change Systems." Stanford Social Innovation Review (February 20 2018). <https://ssir.org/articles/entry/using_story_to_change_systems>
by R. Rini Larson
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
How a Chance Encounter Launched a Revival of Irish American Music 0 R. Rini Larson By Mick Moloney —  "In 1973, I came to the United States to study folklore at the University of Pennsylvania, where Professor Kenneth Goldstein—my main inspiration and mentor—was head of the department. I took a trip to Nashville in 1974 to attend the American Folklore Society (AFS) annual meeting. There was not much time for music, but I did have some old-time sessions with fiddlers Alan Jabbour and Richard Blaustein. The AFS had set aside a few rooms for young graduate students who had no money for accommodations. So the first night, when there was a party going on in my room, I sat alone on the floor with my back against the wall, took out my tenor banjo, closed my eyes, as I often do when playing, and started to play some reels. To my astonishment, I heard the sounds of an accompanying guitar with tasteful and accurate chords. I opened my eyes and there was a middle-aged, bearded, dapper man playing along with me. I said, 'I’m Mick.' He said, 'I’m Ralph.' ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on the Smithsonian Institution's website. Moloney, Mick. "How a Chance Encounter Launched a Revival of Irish American Music." Folklife: Smithsonian Institution (March 15, 2018). <https://folklife.si.edu/magazine/how-a-chance-encounter-launched-a-revival-of-irish-american-music>
by R. Rini Larson
Friday, March 23, 2018
New Collections on Voices from the Fisheries 0 R. Rini Larson Over the past two months, Voices from the Fisheries has added four new collections to its online database, including The Last Sardine Cannery, Alaska Native Women in Fisheries, Beneath the Surface of San Diego, and West Side Stories. View these collections and more at: https://www.voices.nmfs.noaa.gov/. To quote the Voices from the Fisheries website,  "The Voices from the Fisheries Database is a central repository for consolidating, archiving, and disseminating oral history interviews related to commercial, recreational, and subsistence fishing in the United States and its territories. Oral history interviews are a powerful way to document the human experience with our marine, coastal, and Great Lakes environments and our living marine resources. Each story archived here provides a unique example of this connection collected from fishermen, their spouses, processing workers, shoreside business workers and operators, recreational and subsistence fishermen, scientists, marine resources managers, and others—all among the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fishery stakeholders. Separately, each history provides an in depth view into the professional and personal lives of individual participants. Together, they have the power to illuminate common themes, issues and concerns across diverse fishing communities over time. The Voices from the Fisheries Database is a powerful resource available to the public to inform, educate, and provide primary information for researchers interested in our local, human experience with the surrounding marine environment." Voices from the Fisheries is eager to add more collections to its database. Send information about your project, organization, or ideas to: Molly Graham, Project Manager Voices from the Fisheries voices@noaa.gov 207-807-0109 www.voices.nmfs.noaa.gov
by R. Rini Larson
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Sally Van de Water Appears in Guardian Story on Iranian Weightlifting 0 R. Rini Larson By Brian Oliver —  "If you are good at weightlifting in Iran, you can become as rich as a Premier League footballer. The country boasts 300 professional weightlifters, dedicated arenas in every sizable town, and full-time officials in all 31 provinces. When an Olympic champion got married in 2006, his wedding made national television news. ‘Weightlifting is more popular in Iran than in any other country,’ said Mohammad Barkhah, the national team’s head coach. Only football is more popular and, as with football, the sport has historically been an overwhelmingly male domain – until now. Next month four teenagers are set to become the first female weightlifters to represent Iran – in a competition in Uzbekistan. The young women have the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in their sights, and weightlifting has become an unlikely vehicle of female empowerment. … The Americans were in Ahvaz to help launch Iran’s female weightlifting programme, making sporting history along the way. Garza Papandrea, a highly qualified coach who is president of USA Weightlifting and vice-president of the sport’s global governing body, the International Weightlifting Federation, became the first woman to coach a man in an Iranian competition when she helped Derrick Johnson to victory in the Fajr Cup 62kg class on the first day. US technical official Sally Van de Water, who is also state folklorist for Pennsylvania, was the first woman to referee in a men’s competition. …" To continue reading, visit the full article on The Guardian's website. Oliver, Brian "Child’s Tears Spark Weightlifting Protest that Raises Bar for Iran’s Sportswomen." The Guardian (March 17, 2018). <https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/17/weightlifting-protest-raises-bar-iran-sportswomen-two-young-girls?CMP=share_btn_fb>
by R. Rini Larson
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
What Can an Old Folk Song Tell Us? 0 R. Rini Larson By Robert Sullivan —  "Anna & Elizabeth is a band whose name is a nod to Hazel & Alice, the all-woman bluegrass duo that was recorded on the Smithsonian Folkways label at a time in the mid-sixties when the bluegrass musicians being recorded were almost all men. Like Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle met in the South, where LaPrelle grew up and, even as a teen-ager, sang famously beautiful versions of old songs, such as “Pretty Saro” and “Matty Groves.” Roberts-Gevalt grew up in Vermont. In college, she fell in love with fiddle music and all the Folkways recordings. As soon as she graduated, she moved to southwestern Virginia to learn banjo, which is where she met LaPrelle.  The duo’s début album, released in 2016, was a spare collection of Southern folk songs, their harmonies tight and beautiful, backed by LaPrelle’s banjo and Roberts-Gevalt’s clawhammer guitar. On that first effort, one old song ventured north of the Mason-Dixon Line, or almost did: “Going Cross the Mountain” tells of a man from the South who goes to fight for the Union. That song turns out to be a preface, in retrospect, for “The Invisible Comes to Us,” Anna & Elizabeth’s sophomore effort, which includes some Southern songs but mostly Northern ones—a kind of surprise for both artists, especially the one from the North. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on The New Yorker website. Sullivan, Robert. "What Can an Old Folk Song Tell Us?" The New Yorker (March 17, 2018). <https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/what-can-an-old-folk-song-tell-us>
by R. Rini Larson
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Music And Protest, Hand In Hand: Songs Of The Student Walkouts 0 R. Rini Larson By Katherine Meizel — "For 17 minutes yesterday, one minute for each of the students killed in Parkland, Florida on Valentine's Day, thousands of America's schoolchildren walked out of class and took the mic. Many faced parental or administrative wrath. But they stood together, or even alone, to clearly declare their grief, fear and desire for change in speeches, chanting, slam poetry and poignant song. Surveying these musical performances together is overwhelming—there are familiar songs, brand-new numbers written by protestors, choirs of tots and teens, secular and religious compositions, a cappella groups and solo troubadours with guitars. But overall, with a few outliers, the performances might be sorted into five basic thematic categories: Songs that drove the African American Civil Rights movement: ‘We Shall Overcome,’ ‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken,’ ‘Peace Like a River,’ ‘Amazing Grace.’ Yesterday's demonstration, as with many U.S. social movements, was largely made possible by the history of protest shaped by African-American youth. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on NPR's website. Meizel, Katherine. "Music And Protest, Hand In Hand: Songs Of The Student Walkouts." NPR (March 15, 2018). <https://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2018/03/15/593866152/music-and-protest-hand-in-hand-songs-of-the-student-walkouts>
by R. Rini Larson
Saturday, March 17, 2018
No, the Irish Were Not Slaves Too 0 R. Rini Larson By David M. Perry —  "Historian Liam Hogan has spent the last six years debunking the Irish slave myth. Call it 'fake history.' Whenever people on social media start talking slavery, reparations, and race, some Internet troll will jump up and demand, 'What about the Irish?' Over the past few years, the myth of Irish slavery has found fertile ground in Internet memes as a way to derail any conversation about historical complicity for white folks in the slave trade or the need for affirmative action today. If the Irish escaped from slavery to general inclusion and prosperity, the false and racist argument goes, then African Americans can do likewise. Fortunately, whenever this claim starts to get traction, a librarian from Limerick steps forward to debunk it. Liam Hogan works at the Limerick City Library, in Ireland. He's well known to his 30,000-plus Twitter followers and readers as a passionate and informed voice working against the myths of Irish slavery, while never erasing the complexities and nuance of the history of Irish forced labor. With St. Patrick's Day nearly here, Pacific Standard caught up with Hogan over a series of emails to discuss his work, the pernicious nature of the Irish slave myth, and what we can do to counter this false narrative. ..." To continue reading, visit the full article on the Pacific Standard website. Perry, David M. "No, the Irish Were Not Slaves Too." Pacific Standard (March 15, 2018). <https://psmag.com/social-justice/the-irish-were-not-slaves>
by R. Rini Larson
Saturday, March 17, 2018

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