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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Incoming CWRU Students Get A Lesson In “Stereotype Threat”

Claude Steele, 69, has spent his professional life thinking about stereotypes. He knows how easily we drop into a defensive crouch around race and sex, ethnicity and gender nonconformity. “I learned somewhere in the middle of my life that a whole world will open up to you that you didn’t know you didn’t know – if you ask questions,” Steele told the new entering class of students at Case Western Reserve University. “Ask a person a question and you will make friendships you didn’t anticipate. It’s a remarkable tactic, and a handy strategy.” Steele, executive vice president and provost at the University of California-Berkeley, coaxed the 1,260 new students at Case to spend their academic years as explorers instead of confined inside the safe territories of group... Read More →

WATCH: College-Bound Cleveland Teens Now Published Authors

Sarah Marcus, an English teacher at Saint Martin de Porres high school and local poet, spends her days engaging her students in "resistance writing," using their personal experience to explore themes of race, class, gender and social justice. Such an outlet is useful for these students in the Superior/St. Clair neighborhood. These writing sessions led to "The Stories That Chose Us," a compilation of the students' essays, published by local nonprofit press Guide to Kulchur. The students also continue to publish online at As It Ought To Be and The Good Men Project. Recently, WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland sent a reporter and camera crew to Saint Martin de Porres to introduce the city to its newest crop of local authors. Readers interested in a copy of “The Stories That Chose Us" can write... Read More →

READ: Jericho Brown’s Striking New Poem, “The Tradition”

Poet Jericho Brown, winner of an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award this year, has written a 14-line poem that begins with the names of flowers and concludes with the names of men.  He calls it “The Tradition.”  Brown notes, “The poet’s relationship to language and form is an addiction where what’s past is present, a video on loop. Not watching won’t make what that video says about our future go away.” He made this observation to accompany “The Tradition” as the American Academy of Poets sent it to some 300,000 readers August 7, part of its “Poem a Day” project, which has been distributing poetry digitally since 2006.  A native of Louisiana and  a professor of English at Emory University, Brown will accept his Anisfield-Wolf prize in Cleveland next month for his second... Read More →

Read Walter Mosley’s Love Letter To The Louisana That Shaped Him

Novelist Walter Mosley, the creator of the private investigator Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, has just published a ruminating essay called “Patter and Patois.” He reflects on a lifetime of storytelling, and his Louisiana heritage of stories and storytellers. The 1,800-word piece is homage to his roots. “I’m not saying that you have to be a reader to save your soul in the modern world,” Mosley writes. "I’m saying it helps.” Most celebrated for his crime fiction, Mosley, 63, won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 1998 for “Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned.”  He grew up an only child in South Central Los Angeles, and has lived most of his life in New York City. When Bill Clinton mentioned in 1992 that Mosley was among his favorite writers, the Rawlins series enjoyed a... Read More →
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