My essay “Nine Parrot Tulips” will soon be appearing in the winter issue of The Antioch Review. To learn more about the journal, click the link below.
Without courage and dignity what would it mean to be free?
Song: “A Prayer for Everybody (To Be Free)”
Album: Secrets (1978)
“Creating a Living Archive of Shared Humanity:
FB Library / Database of Remembrance and Human Rights”
April 23-24, 2018—Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Exploratory Seminar Leaders: Ben Miller (RIAS ’15) and Irmtrud Wojak (RIAS ’15), with V.V. Ganeshananthan (RIAS ’15)
Below is a link to a program from an event held on the first Seminar afternoon.
“The Hornpipe and The Rake” appears in this issue centered around the theme of Craft, and containing—cover-to-cover—a multitude of glorious surprises.
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I continue to collaborate with German Historian Irmtrud Wojak on the FB LIBRARY / DATABASE OF REMEMBRANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS. (The project is named in honor of German jurist and campaigner for human rights Dr. Fritz M. Bauer.)
As part of this project, we hope to cultivate a series of creative works. To find information on that “Library Within a Library” go here:
On April 23-24 (2018) I will be co-leading a two-day Exploratory Seminar at Harvard University dedicated to studying the following key questions related to the project:
What tools and methods would make a school curriculum that generates moral and intellectual bravery workable?
What are the obstacles to telling unique stories of resistance effectively, and how might they be surmounted via documentation and narrative ingenuity?
Whereas the academic rule of thumb is impartiality, and impartiality is in some cases impossible to attain, how might stories be told as fairly and fully as possible?
What are the uses of identifying universal parallels between acts and tactics of resistance originating in vastly different regional contexts?
What organizations should we align with to achieve our goals?
When should verification of a story of resistance be considered complete?
How best can we attract users to a definitive database / library of resistance stories?
How does the power of Big Data work for, or against, the vital telling of the stories of individuals who exist as names rather than numbers—people who often are inspired to act not only by tragic facts but also by pre-existing intellectual, spiritual or emotional concerns?
Can truth-tellers and truth-telling organizations be effectively protected against cyber-attacks and campaigns of misinformation?
What are the connections between resistance to injustice and physical and mental health?
Above is a link to a video of a portion of a presentation delivered last month at Harvard University. Below is the text of the event program. The sex discrimination case referenced is Sharon Johnson v. University of Pittsburgh (Civic Action No. 73-120; United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania).
“THE GREAT MELT” SNOWBALL CEREMONY
June 14, 2017
Schlesinger Library Research Grant presentation
In connection with the projects:
My Aunt: Chemist, Black Belt, Plaintiff (book chapter)
Year of Discovery: Essay as Sculpture or ENTICEMENT TO ACTION
Snowball, circa terrible Boston winter of 2014-15
Ivelisse Estrada, Snowball Bearer
Kevin Grady, cinematography
Joe LaRocca, fife
Ben Miller, writer
There wasn’t a snowball’s chance in the Mojave that M.I.T.
PhD Sharon Johnson would sit back and let the University
of Pittsburgh deny her tenure without a fight….
Snowball Homily, steps of Schlesinger Library
Snowball Procession, across yard, with fife accompaniment
Snowball Melts in the Bright Light of Facts
A spread consisting of eight works from Phase One of “Cage Dies Bird Flies,” my on-going collaboration with painter Dale Williams, will appear in Issue #60 of the Hayden’s Ferry Review. To visit this print journal’s website, follow the link below: