Saturday, July 14, 2018
“Summer Learning Day” and Beyond
11:50 am edt
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Independence Day, Reading about “The Minutemen and Their World”
12:19 pm edt
This blog has included Independence Day posts
(e.g., July 2017) from time to time. This year, I’ve been reading the 1976 book The Minutemen and Their World by Robert A. Gross, in anticipation of learning more from him during a walk around Concord’s Minute Man National Historical Park later this month.
The book concludes with these observations by the author:
impact of that revolution in government was profound. It stood as an inspirational model of men’s power to alter their
own lives, to think new thoughts, to act on the best ideas of mankind, to liberate themselves from the dead weight of the
past…. The Revolution did not so much create the upsurge of confidence in human betterment as certify and encourage
it and stimulate those dynamic, progressive forces that had been checked and submerged in colonial society.” A
few decades after the events of 1775 and 1776, “The age of progress had begun. And it was fitting that the
town of Concord, where the Revolution had its start, would eventually produce in Ralph Waldo Emerson nineteenth-century America’s
greatest philosopher of that progress and in Henry David Thoreau its greatest critic.”
Sunday, June 10, 2018
"The Big Read": Claudia Rankine's "Citizen"
8:28 am edt
The International Festival
of Arts and Ideas, with the New Haven Public Library among other partners including the National Endowment for the Arts, is
featuring Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric for the “Big Read” series of events.
This moved me to read Citizen and to attend a June 7 event at the library,
with several high-school Festival Fellows leading a discussion of the book’s themes.
Rankine, drawing inspiration from figures including Frederick Douglass and James Baldwin (e.g., “The purpose of art
… is to lay bare the questions hidden by the answers”), herself writes the following poetic, poignant lines (among
“because white men can’t
police their imagination
black men are
Sunday, April 22, 2018
"Equity and Digital Literacies"
10:28 am edt
The New Haven Independent and Medium have an account of a recent Literacy Forum
on “Equity and Digital Literacies,” with Amira Dhalla of Mozilla.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
"Self-Evident Truths" on New Books Network, in Journal of American History
12:44 pm edt