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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Author Angie Thomas Shares Inspiration For “The Hate U Give” With Cleveland Public Library

In December, a suburban Houston school district yanked copies of the young-adult novel “The Hate U Give” from all 25 of its school libraries. In January – after a student-led outcry – copies were back in the high schools of Katy, Texas, albeit paired with a parental consent form. The consternation began when a middle-school parent complained about profanity and drug use at a party depicted in the book’s opening scene. Angie Thomas, who wrote that scene, had a few observations about her breakout book, which spent 38 weeks atop the New York Times bestseller list. It was arguably the young adult sensation of 2017. ‘There are 89 f-words in ‘The Hate U Give;’ I know because I counted them,” Thomas told an overflow crowd at the Cleveland Public Library. “And last year... Read More →

Poet Elizabeth Alexander Becomes New President Of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Anisfield-Wolf poet Elizabeth Alexander will be the next president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, becoming the first woman to head the nation’s largest foundation for the humanities. “All of the things that I’ve cared about my whole life and worked toward my whole life Mellon does,” Alexander told The New York Times. The author of six books and two collections of essays won the Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement prize in 2010. A year earlier she recited an original poem, “Praise Song for the Day,” at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration. Her latest book, “The Light of the World,” chronicled the sudden loss of her husband, painter and chef Ficre Ghebreyesus, and became a top book of 2015 for the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and other outlets... Read More →

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones Breaks Down The Dangers Of Educational Segregation During CWRU Convocation

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones meets with Case Western Reserve University students in the Women's Center after her keynote at the Martin Luther King Jr. convocation Nikole Hannah-Jones has no interest in frittering anyone’s time. “You would never hear me use the word ‘diversity’ except to criticize it,” she declared to a large Cleveland audience at Case Western Reserve University’s Martin Luther King Jr. convocation. “Diversity is a word that makes white liberals feel good.” The 41-year-old MacArthur “genius” recipient and New York Times journalist is “a fundamental voice reshaping the national education agenda,” as CWRU President Barbara Snyder puts it. Hannah-Jones specializes in investigative reporting on school re-segregation and its consequences. ... Read More →
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