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Tag Archives: 2010

What Should The Government Do About Poverty?

William Julius WilsonWith the 2012 election cycle behind us (phew!), the focus has again shifted to our elected officials actual job responsibilities and the path our country will take over the next few years.  The Chronicle of Higher Education recently profiled the work and legacy of William Julius Wilson, one of our nation's preeminent sociologists. In exploring his work in the area of race and poverty, the article asked a pointed question: Given all that we know from Wilson's research and the research of the sociologists who came after him, what, exactly is the end game? What should the government do about poverty?  One answer:  ...Recent research has convinced Wilson that Americans support a level playing field. In speaking about public policy, people should frame programs as vehicles for the poor... Read More →

Anisfield-Wolf Winners Reaction To The Election

The 2012 election cycle was filled with a bombardment of political ads, 24-hour news cycles dissecting every possible angle, and an overwhelming sense of hype surrounding who will be our next batch of elected representatives. Some of our winners got in on the action and made a few comments about the election as well.  Junot Diaz, who has been writing consistently about the Latino effect in this year's election, wrote a special message on his Facebook page. "Obama WINS!" he wrote shortly after the race had been called. "The Latino community came out BIG for Obama. Very proud of my community, very proud of all the new voters, the very proud of all the Obama supporters who put in the time and the hard work to make this happen." Never one to shy away from his passions, David Livingstone... Read More →

VIDEO: Elizabeth Alexander Discusses Hip-Hop’s Link To Poetry

We talk about all things dealing with race and diversity here at Anisfield-Wolf but there is one subject we haven't explored much — the rise of hip hop. In this quick video from Big Think (one of favorite sources of videos of all the people you'd want to hear from), 2012 winner Elizabeth Alexander talks about the nuances of African American poetry and the link to hip-hop music. Check it out and let us know what you think.  Read More →

VIDEO: Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 – Is This The Future Of Literature?

Book clubs have tended to be a very private thing. Intimate gatherings among friends, book clubs were a simple time to reflect and discuss whatever work happened to have your group's attention at the moment. With Oprah's new book club, the experience has been magnified. Featuring webisodes with the authors and an ongoing Twitter conversation, Oprah hopes to take her book club (dubbed Oprah's Book Club 2.0) to the next level. Check out the first webisode with Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild.  Do you like this type of book club? Will you be participating?  Read More →

What To Expect From Oprah’s Book Club 2.0

2010 Lifetime Achievement winner Oprah Winfrey (do we even need to say her last name?) had big news to share - she's ready to bring back her insanely popular book club, ready to tackle an all new landscape. Check out the video above and get the details on what Oprah has up her sleeve. She's planning to include reader's tweets (using the hashtag #OprahsBookClub), Facebook posts and Instagram photos in a social media wrap-up on Oprah.com. The first selection is Wild by Cheryl Strayed, the story of one woman's trek along the Pacific Coast—on foot. Check out Oprah's Twitter feed to learn more. Read More →

What’s On Your Summer Reading List?

Kamila ShamsieWe don't know what the weather is like where you live, but this weekend it's going to hot and humid. Just the thought of 90-degree temperatures sends us scrambling inside for the air conditioning and a good book.  Pakistan's Express Tribune listed their top 10 books to re-read this summer and even if you've never read some of these books, we'd say they make for an excellent use of time. Among those listed were two Anisfield-Wolf winners: Kamila Shamsie (2010) and Mohsin Hamid (2008).  Of Shamsie's Kartography: Kamila Shamsie is one of the few female authors of the 90s who managed to get Pakistan on the literary map. Shamsie’s Kartography is a literary masterpiece and her passion and love for her city Karachi is evident in her every sentence, page and chapter.   Of... Read More →

Oprah By The Numbers – Her Influence And Power

When you reach a level in your career when you can go by one name—Oprah—it's safe to say that you've made an impact in your industry. And Oprah's so influential that her industry is the world. She's touched almost every avenue—education, books, TV, film, magazines, philanthropy. The only self-made African American female billionaire, she has a line of accomplishments a couple miles long. Here's some of her most impressive stats (some facts and figures provided by PBS):  $350 million  An estimate of the amount Oprah has reportedly given of her own money to charitable causes. Oprah has raised more than $51 million for charitable organizations through her show, including education. Her charitable organizations are said to be worth $200 million. 48 million viewers    The... Read More →

VIDEO: Oprah’s Legacy In The World Of Literature Lives On

Oprah Winfrey Oprah's impact on the world of literature can not be understated. It is estimated that Oprah's Book Club was instrumental in selling more than 30 million books. Her impact continues to be felt. In one of her last episodes of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," students at the KIPP Believe Prepatory School in New Orleans were in a newly refurbished library after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, but they didn't have any books. In honor of Oprah, Target worked to restock and redesign their library, as well as 24 other school libraries around the country. See the children's reactions in the video above. Read More →

Get to Know…Oprah Winfrey

Each week, we’ll be helping you to get to know our winners better (what a great bunch they are) and highlighting the best of their work, interviews and essays. This week we’re highlighting Oprah Winfrey, 2010 winner for lifetime achievement.  Now, we wavered a bit on highlighting Oprah because she is so well known. With her talk show ending its 25-year run in 2011 and Oprah taking the reins of her new channel, OWN, the media has been covering Oprah from every angle, dissecting her influence on the world at large.  But we at Anisfield-Wolf selected Oprah to win the 2010 Anisfield-Wolf award for lifetime achievement because of her impact on the world of literature. She keeps innovating and striving to change the world and that's something we can get behind. Learn more about Oprah... Read More →

Kamila Shamsie Reflects On Her Hometown Of Karachi, Pakistan

Kamila Shamsie Kamila Shamsie spent most of her formative years living in Karachi, Pakistan, a sprawling city on the coast where "you can live your entire life without ever glimpsing the sea." Shamsie gives a wonderfully poetic description of her hometown in the latest issue of Newsweek: If there’s one word used more often than others to characterize the city by those who love it, it’s “resilience”—the ability to endure suffering without breaking—but Karachi is full of broken people who have long since ceased to be astonished at discovering new ways to break. And the unbroken develop carapaces that allow them to endure the suffering of others. This isn’t resilience, it’s survival. Read the entire article here. Read More →
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