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Which Way to Rome
This blog is a notebook for the Eternal City, a written and visual adventure for those constantly searching for that elusive Roman light and the perfect espresso. You can find local recommendations for exploring Italy’s capital, and lots of pictures and stories from Italy and around the world. Have a click around: you’ll find favorite tours and places to go, exciting things happening now in Rome, day trips, hidden gems, and, of course, gelato recommendations.
Roma  Italy 
2 days ago
"Il ritorno del pregiudizio" con Davide Assael - 3. puntata
Lorenzo Bernini - Questo il podcast della terza puntata del ciclo 'Il ritorno del pregiudizio', condotto da Davide Assael per la trasmissione di Radio 3 'Uomini e profeti'. Contiene anche una mia intervista su movimenti LGBTQI+, teorie queer, diritti intersex.
Queer  Radio  Italiano  Italy 
2 days ago
7 Vizi Capitale
Ecco a voi la SIGLA ufficiale di SUBURRA - La serie, la prima prodotta in Italia da NETFLIX, disponibile nel mondo in 190 paesi. Buona visione e buona CONDIvisione di questa canzone che racconta Roma, oggi.
Music  Italiano  Hip  Hop  Roma  Suburra  Television 
3 days ago
Waldemar Januszczak on the Dark Ages
In this landmark 4-part series Waldemar argues that the Dark Ages were a time of great artistic achievement, with new ideas and religions provoking new artistic adventures. He embarks on a fascinating trip across Europe, Africa and Asia, visits the world’s most famous collections and discovers hidden artistic gems, all to prove that the Dark Ages were actually an ‘Age of Light'.
Art  History  Waldemar  Medieval  Middle  Ages 
6 days ago
Pasta Grannies
Welcome to Pasta Grannies. I'm finding and filming women who still make pasta by hand - a tradition that is disappearing in Italy. Along the way, I also meet producers, people and delicious non pasta food, so I share those too. If you've got any questions or comments, do get in touch, I'd love to hear from you - Vicky Bennison
Food  Italiano  Italy  Pasta 
7 days ago
Middlebury Language Schools - Italian
The Italian School offers a teacher-to-student ratio that is one of the lowest in academia, presenting you with a unique opportunity to acquire and expand your skills under the constant guidance of some of the world’s most experienced and dedicated instructors.

Daily contact with your teachers extends beyond the classroom to include drop-in office hours, discussion groups, and lectures. Between times, you'll join them in organized cocurricular activities—including Italian dance, games, cooking, and bocce—each designed to help you build new vocabulary while developing cultural fluency.

Summer after summer, the Italian School continues to deliver on its reputation for combining rigorous expectations with unmatched support. That’s why many of our students—from researchers and scholars to teachers and travelers—return to the School again and again.
Italian  Language  Languages  VT  Burlington 
7 days ago
By rapping The Iliad, USC classics professor makes ancient literature relevant again
Brandon Bourgeois believes that, by translating the entirety of Homer’s The Iliad into rap lyrics, he can help students better appreciate the classic poem.
Bourgeois arrived this summer at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences as a freshly minted assistant professor of classics. His primary area of research focuses on Roman political tradition.
Bourgeois acknowledges that the classics have long been considered the domain of white scholars. The glory of Greece and Rome have even been invoked by white supremacists to allege their superiority. But he notes that the classics have also been used as a tool for emancipation. Frederick Douglass was inspired and informed by a primer on classical oratory that he spirited from the room of his owner’s son. Enslaved Africans across America in the 18th century absorbed the classics to promote insurgency. Bourgeois added that Black Panther Party co-founder Huey Newton reportedly taught himself to read by reading Plato’s The Republic; Newton’s autobiography, Revolutionary Suicide, is actually modeled on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.
Hype 4 Homer: https://soundcloud.com/hype4homer
Los  Angeles  Homer  Illiad  Hip  Hop  Music  Classical  Greece 
7 days ago
Dracula: The Evidence
DRACULA: The Evidence is an entirely new way to experience Stoker's masterpiece: through an actual physical research file full of ephemera, correspondence, clues and artifacts. It's the entire original text of Dracula, presented as a gorgeously designed and curated briefcase full of maps, letters, diaries, newspaper clippings, telegrams, and phonograph records. We've teamed up with Dracula expert and Bram's descendent Dacre Stoker to bring you the most immersive way imaginable to experience this modernist masterpiece of gothic horror.
In our edition, you are not merely a reader – you are an explorer making your way through this archive of first-hand evidence, retracing this nightmarish story through the remnants it left behind: correspondence, charts and diagrams, memoranda, artifacts, photographs and much more. All housed in a custom designed briefcase, archival box -- or, in our most exclusive edition, a stone vault! (Yes. We're aware that we're crazy people.)
In a thrillingly immersive literary experience, Beehive Books invites its readers to become supernatural archaeologists. Crack codes, explore maps & blueprints, find clues. Climb inside our edition and discovers its secrets.
Dracula  Archives  Games  Horror  Vampires 
7 days ago
“Complete and in Order”: Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the Archival Profession, by Caryn Radick
Archival literature has discussed the portrayal of archives and archivists in fiction, but has not offered a reading of a work of fiction with little-to-no overt mention of the archival profession. This article demonstrates the value of looking at such works of fiction through an archival lens by providing an “archival reading” of one famous novel that has been the subject of numerous scholarly articles and books, Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Although a tale of the supernatural, Dracula’s narrative portrays the importance of recordkeeping, research, and access to and organization of
information. This article considers the narrative and plot of Dracula from an archival perspective, discusses literature about the portrayal of archives and archivists in fiction, and examines how Dracula reflects nineteenth-century trends in organizing information.
The American Archivist Vol. 76, No. 2 Fall/Winter 2013 pp 502–520.
See also the Beehive Books Project, Dracula: The Evidence https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/beehivebooks/dracula-the-evidence?ref=5np317
Dracula  Horror  Fiction  Literature  Archives  Vampires 
7 days ago
How San Francisco Lost its Color
In the Mission District and across San Francisco, once-vibrant street blocks have been receding into a puzzling state of aesthetic neutrality. Why are so many San Francisco homes going gray?
Annie Vainshtein for the San Francisco Chronicle, October 11 2019
SF  Architecture  Housing  Gentrification  Colors 
7 days ago
Conor Dougherty in the New York Times
Conor Dougherty is an economics reporter at The New York Times. His work focuses on the West Coast, real estate and wage stagnation among U.S. workers. Mr. Dougherty has covered economics and real estate on and off for a decade at both The Times and The Wall Street Journal. Before that he worked at The San Diego Union-Tribune and The Los Angeles Business Journal. He lives in Oakland, Calif., and is a Bay Area native.
Gentrification  Housing  Bay  Area  San  Francisco  Berkeley  Oakland  Homelessness  NYTimes 
7 days ago
The Witch Wave Podcast
The Witch Wave is a podcast for bewitching conversation about magic, creativity, and culture. On each episode, host Pam Grossman (“the Terry Gross of Witches” - Vulture) speaks with a leading visionary about art and Craft.
https://www.facebook.com/witchwavepod/
Witches  Witchcraft  Magic  Podcasts 
8 days ago
L.A. developer building 105 Palm Springs condos for LGBTQ seniors
KOAR International will offer units with one-bed/one-bath or two-bedrooms/two-bathrooms. Prices start just under $700,000.
Living Out Palm Springs will be what developers are calling a “first of its kind” for Southern California: a 105-unit condo complex on 9 acres in at Tahquitz Canyon Way and Hermosa Drive in Palm Springs, targeting LGBTQ seniors.
Palm  Springs  CA  Queer  Real  Estate 
8 days ago
World’s Largest Ouija Board Unveiled in Salem, Ma.
Rick “Ormortis” Schreck, vice president of the Talking Board Historical Society, spent more than a year working to surpass the 2016 Guinness World Record holder: the Grand Midway Hotel in Windber, Pa.
Salem  MA  Ouija  Boards  Magic 
8 days ago
13 Great Witch Movies
The Love Witch
Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters
Practical Magic
I Married a Witch
The Craft
Three Mothers Trilogy
Lords of Salem
The Witches of Eastwick
Mary and the Witch's Flower
Hocus Pocus
The Witches
Suspiria (2018)
The Witch
Witches  Magic  Film  Horror 
8 days ago
Harry Potter Timeline
Most of the time, we could use the dates from Wizarding World or the Harry Potter Wiki (many thanks to the folks who help keep both of those sites updated and well sourced) to help fill in the blanks, although sometimes when their dates seemed to conflict with what was presented in the films, we had to take an educated guess. As such, it’s always possible there’s a line or visual clue we missed here and there that would alter one of our listed dates, or a minor event we forgot to include, and of course there are more Fantastic Beasts movies still to come which could — and almost certainly will – alter and add to this timeline. So take this more as a general guide than an irrefutable, all-inclusive roadmap to the Harry Potter series.
Magic  Literature  Fantasy  Fiction  Harry  Potter 
8 days ago
How Italians Became White
The story of how Italian immigrants went from racialized pariah status in the 19th century to white Americans in good standing in the 20th offers a window onto the alchemy through which race is constructed in the United States, and how racial hierarchies can sometimes change.
As the historian Jennifer Guglielmo writes, the newcomers encountered waves of books, magazines and newspapers that “bombarded Americans with images of Italians as racially suspect.” They were sometimes shut out of schools, movie houses and labor unions, or consigned to church pews set aside for black people. They were described in the press as “swarthy,” “kinky haired” members of a criminal race and derided in the streets with epithets like “dago,” “guinea” — a term of derision applied to enslaved Africans and their descendants — and more familiarly racist insults like “white nigger” and “nigger wop.”
Italians who had come to the country as “free white persons” were often marked as black because they accepted “black” jobs in the Louisiana sugar fields or because they chose to live among African-Americans. This left them vulnerable to marauding mobs like the ones that hanged, shot, dismembered or burned alive thousands of black men, women and children across the South.

The federal holiday honoring the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus — celebrated on Monday — was central to the process through which Italian-Americans were fully ratified as white during the 20th century. The rationale for the holiday was steeped in myth, and allowed Italian-Americans to write a laudatory portrait of themselves into the civic record.
A striking analysis by Charles Seguin, a sociologist at Pennsylvania State University, and Sabrina Nardin, a doctoral student at the University of Arizona, shows that the protests lodged by the Italian government inspired something that had failed to coalesce around the brave African-American newspaper editor and anti-lynching campaigner Ida B. Wells — a broad anti-lynching effort.
Italian immigrants were welcomed into Louisiana after the Civil War, when the planter class was in desperate need of cheap labor to replace newly emancipated black people, who were leaving backbreaking jobs in the fields for more gainful employment.

These Italians seemed at first to be the answer to both the labor shortage and the increasingly pressing quest for settlers who would support white domination in the emerging Jim Crow state. Louisiana’s romance with Italian labor began to sour when the new immigrants balked at low wages and dismal working conditions.

The newcomers also chose to live together in Italian neighborhoods, where they spoke their native tongue, preserved Italian customs and developed successful businesses that catered to African-Americans, with whom they fraternized and intermarried. In time, this proximity to blackness would lead white Southerners to view Sicilians, in particular, as not fully white and to see them as eligible for persecution — including lynching — that had customarily been imposed on African-Americans.
President Harrison would have ignored the New Orleans carnage had the victims been black. But the Italian government made that impossible. It broke off diplomatic relations and demanded an indemnity that the Harrison administration paid. Harrison even called on Congress in his 1891 State of the Union to protect foreign nationals — though not black Americans — from mob violence.

Harrison’s Columbus Day proclamation in 1892 opened the door for Italian-Americans to write themselves into the American origin story, in a fashion that piled myth upon myth. As the historian Danielle Battisti shows in “Whom We Shall Welcome,” they rewrote history by casting Columbus as “the first immigrant."
Henry Cabot Lodge argued that beliefs about immigrants were in themselves sufficient to warrant higher barriers to immigration. Congress ratified that notion during the 1920s, curtailing Italian immigration on racial grounds, even though Italians were legally white, with all of the rights whiteness entailed.
The Italian-Americans who labored in the campaign that overturned racist immigration restrictions in 1965 used the romantic fictions built up around Columbus to political advantage. This shows yet again how racial categories that people mistakenly view as matters of biology grow out of highly politicized myth making.
Whites  Immigrants  Italians  History  Racial  Formation  Race  Lynching 
10 days ago
Uomo vede un orso annegare e si butta in acqua per salvarlo
Quando l'orso è stato avvistato in una zona residenziale della Florida, le autorità hanno deciso di evacuare l’area per proteggere gli abitanti. Per sicurezza hanno sedato l’animale in modo da renderlo innocuo, riporta il Telegraph. Tuttavia, l’orso, in preda al panico, si è precipitato verso il mare e si è buttato in acqua. Ma quando i sedativi hanno iniziato ad avere effetto, l’orso si è fatto sempre più debole. Rischiava di annegare nelle acque profonde del mare. A questo punto, Adam Warwick, un biologo della Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, ha deciso di rischiare la propria vita per salvare quella del povero orso.
Adam si è fatto coraggio e si è tuffato in acqua. Non è stato facile trascinare un animale di 180 kg fuori dall’acqua per metterlo al sicuro. L’orso avrebbe potuto ferire Adam, ma il biologo non si è dato per vinto. Era deciso a portarlo in salvo. Ha afferrato l’orso e ha iniziato a nuotare verso riva. Per fortuna Adam se l'è cavata con pochi graffi. Alla fine l’orso è stato trascinato fuori dall’acqua con l’aiuto di un trattore ed è stato portato al Parco Nazionale di Osceola. Anche l’orso ne è uscito perlopiù illeso ed ora è ben felice di vivere sulla terra… ferma! Adam ha salvato la vita dell’orso, mettendo in pericolo la propria. Grazie alla sua professione ha saputo avvicinarsi all’orso nella maniera più sicura possibile. Per fortuna entrambi sono usciti da questa avventura sani e salvi.
Bears  FL 
11 days ago
Understanding Rome, by Agnes Crawford
Private tours at your pace and focussing on what interests you. Understanding Rome has been recommended amongst others by the New York Times, Conde Nast Traveller, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Daily Telegraph, and the Rough Guide.
Agnes Crawford is a licensed guide to the City of Rome and has 17 years experience. She runs private and tailor-made itineraries through UnderstandingRome.com. Originally from London, she graduated with an MA (Hons) in Architectural History from the University of Edinburgh in 1999 and has lived in Rome since 2000.
See also: https://classicalstudies.org/node/32808?fbclid=IwAR3CuMKyi-rKccFTr7Q-fSsIRIZhRlzeul18tFEgQ5U7TB-tWy-t3y5BwvE
Agnes Crawford on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/agnes.crawford.5?__tn__=K-R&eid=ARAp3P8DKGvILXx0NjAJq4u6fCOX4mHuby1YVAHkWTlYi_eBq7VYo-maVNpEi66dPpwwdVisYFZgxH9D&fref=mentions
Roma  Italy 
11 days ago
My Kali, a Jordanian Queer Magazine for the Middle East
The leading LGBT magazine of the country, My.Kali.mag, is published online without any problem for several years and it has become a point of reference for all the homosexuals in the Arab world. Today we introduce Kali (see picture), the founder, spokesman and creative & photo director of the magazine, as well as a magazine model, columnist and promoter.
Muslims  Queer  Middle  East  Jordan  Saudia  Arabia  Palestine  Arab 
13 days ago
13 Underrated Horror Films
I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
I Drink Your Blood (1970)
Wake in Fright (1971)
Daughters of Darkness (1971)
Blood and Lace (1971)
The Asphyx (1972)
Deathdream (1974)
Tourist Trap (1979)
Fascination (1979)
Bloody Moon (1981)
Eating Raoul (1982)
Parents (1989)
No Telling (1991)
Horror  Film 
13 days ago
Levante è tornata: “Canto contro l’Omofobia”
Già un anno fa, intervistata dal nostro Alessio Poeta, Levante aveva spiegato per quale motivo si battesse tanto per la comunità lgbt: “Perché è un mondo di cui facciamo parte tutti! Non posso accettare che una persona non possa essere libera di essere se stessa per paura di essere giudicata. Negli anni ho capito che se una persona non si dichiara, non la conosceremo mai fino in fondo e io, nel mio piccolo, quando posso, mi schiero e alzo la voce“.
See also: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEB_KwF5WOR362OZNLH7Jcg
https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levante_(cantante)
Music  Queer  Italy  Italian  Sicilia  Catania 
13 days ago
The Oldest Treasures From 12 Great Libraries
New York Academy of Medicine: Apicius, De re culinaria, A.D. 830, Germany
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia: Constantinus Africanus, Viaticum, No later than 1244, Italy
Bodleian Library: Ash-Preserved Papyrus, Before A.D. 79, Herculaneum, Italy
St. Catherine’s Monastery: Codex Sinaiticus, A.D. 330–60, possibly Rome, Italy
Chicago Botanic Garden: Theophrastus, Historia Plantarum, 1483, Treviso, Italy
American Museum of Natural History: Albertus Magnus, De animalibus, 1495, Venice, Italy
Library of Congress: Cuneiform Accounting Tablets, 2050 B.C., Sumeria
Folger Shakespeare Library: Magna Carta, Compiled 1325, England
Boston Athenaeum: Egyptian Artifact Album, circa 1500 B.C., Thebes, Egypt
Austrian National Library: Book of the Dead, 15th century B.C., Egypt
New York Public Library: Landévennec Gospels, circa ninth century, Brittany, France
Free Library of Philadelphia: Aldhelm, De Virginitate, circa 899, England
Libraries  Books 
14 days ago
Romics
Romics è un Festival Internazionale del Fumetto, Animazione, Cinema e Games, creato nel 2001 dal Consorzio Imprese Castelli Romani e organizzato oggi dall'associazione Isi.Urb e da Fiera di Roma, che si tiene due volte l’anno a Roma e che vede una presenza di oltre 400.000 visitatori l’anno.
Quattro giorni di kermesse ininterrotta con eventi, incontri e spettacoli: un programma ricchissimo con oltre 100 presentazioni, incontri ed eventi in 10 location in contemporanea.
5 padiglioni per immergersi in tutti i mondi della creatività, dal fumetto all’illustrazione, dalla narrativa al cinema: tutte le novità, le grandi case editrici, le fumetterie, i collezionisti, i videogiochi, i gadget e gli imperdibili incontri con autori ed editori.
Romics è il grande appuntamento per il pubblico sui linguaggi dell’immaginario, universalmente riconosciuti come media e contenuti generatori di cultura, capaci di veicolare messaggi e smuovere coscienze, grazie alla straordinaria forza evocativa – e poetica – delle immagini, delle parole e della letteratura disegnata. Questo mondo è una parte vitale dell’industria culturale dell’intrattenimento, uno spaccato del mercato dove anche l’Italia recita un ruolo da protagonista sia nei contenuti che negli interpreti.
Roma  Italy  Italian  Comics  Fantasy  Books  Film 
14 days ago
Perché i libri sono a forma di libri
Sono tutti rettangolari e rispettano proporzioni molto simili: c'entra come siamo fatti noi che li leggiamo, ma anche la matematica e l'editoria
Books  Italiano  Literature  History 
14 days ago
Proust Questionnaire for Translators
Editorial Director, Sharmila Sen, devised a Proust questionnaire and shared it with translators around the world over the weekend. Our translator friends wrote back with alacrity, wit, and even a bit of wickedness. Though these men and women work in different parts of the world, on different languages, and have varied literary tastes, it soon became clear that they are united in their skepticism of fidelity being the hallmark of a good translation. We invite you to enjoy their responses.
Johanna Hanink - What is your favorite work of translation?
English as She Is Spoke, a 19th-century English phrasebook (with several dialogues) translated by Pedro Carolino. The thing is, Carolino didn’t actually know English, so he seems to have translated a Portuguese-French phrasebook using a French to English dictionary. Of the result Mark Twain wrote: “Its delicious unconscious ridiculousness, and its enchanting naivete, are as supreme and unapproachable, in their way, as are Shakespeare's sublimities.” Everyone should own a copy (mine is a now out-of-stock reprint by McSweeney’s).
Translation  Languages 
14 days ago
Queer Poets in Greek, by Sam Albatros
Queer Poets In Greek is a non-profit website that aims to promote queer poetry in Greece, a country where sexuality and gender have yet to be seriously discussed in poetry, echoing the county's overall apathetic attitude towards LGBT rights. The website is run by a single person who works on it pro bono while living off a PhD student stipend. Any donations will help cover basic operational costs.
Queer  Poetry  Greek  Greece 
14 days ago
L’inquietante Museo dell’Alchimia e della Magia a Praga
Praga è una città bellissima, piena di luoghi esoterici, ma se decidete di andare al centro della questione, allora potete visitare il Museo dell’Alchimia e della Magia della Vecchia Praga (Muzeum alchymistů a mágů staré Prahy). È un luogo pensato per i turisti, in cui coesistono oggetti appartenuti ai personaggi che l’Imperatore Rodolfo II invitava a corte. Egli era un personaggio solitario e incline alla depressione, ma anche ossessionato dalla brama di sapere e pronto a tutto per comprendere i segreti della natura e le leggi che la regolano.
Magic  Witchcraft  Museums  Prague  Witches  History 
14 days ago
Che cos'è l'ITPOP?
È la colonna sonora della Terza Repubblica, il vero suono della "classe disagiata".
Ma la grande figata del pop è che per quanto un testo possa essere stupido, per quanto un suono possa essere pacchiano, per quanto un accento possa essere irritante, quando un ritornello funziona nessuno lo può negar. Quindi, ok: benvenuto ITPOP. Sappi che ti teniamo d’occhio.
Music  Italy  Italiano  Itpop 
14 days ago
Come mai l'indie italiano è andato a finire così?
Pensavamo che l'itpop, quello nato a Roma con i Cani e cresciuto con Calcutta, durasse per sempre—ma poi Tommaso Paradiso l’ha ammazzato.
Music  Italy  Italiano 
14 days ago
What is Middle Class in California?
Sarah Bohn, director of research at the Public Policy Institute of California, uses the California Poverty Measure, an estimate of the poverty line that the institute developed with Stanford University, which adjusts for costs of living across the state.
An annual income of between two and seven times the California Poverty Measure is considered middle class, Ms. Bohn said.
Most of us prefer to call our incomes “average,” even when, statistically speaking, they’re not. The Upshot’s income quiz might change how you see yourself.
Economics  CA  Stanford 
14 days ago
Witchtrials Map of Scotland
The Data and Visualisation internship project at the University of Edinburgh had as its core aim to geographically locate and visualise the different locations recorded within the Survey of Scottish Witchcraft Database.
See also: https://ammienoot.com/brain-fluff/some-witchy-history-and-a-very-smart-woman-in-data-science/
Witches  Witchcraft  Scotland  Maps  History  Public 
16 days ago
Andrew Feldherr faculty profile at Princeton
Gave presentation on the Odyssey at Princeton Reunions '25 in 2010
Princeton  Homer  Literature  Greece 
17 days ago
La famosa invasione degli orsi in Siclia (film), on Wikipedia
La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia è un film d'animazione di produzione franco-italiana diretto da Lorenzo Mattotti e basato sull’omonimo romanzo di Dino Buzzati.
Dopo una lavorazione durata oltre sei anni, il film è stato presentato al Festival del cinema di Cannes 2019 nella sezione Un Certain Regard.
Bears  Sicilia  Film  Animation  Italiano  Italy 
17 days ago
Piazza Pulita
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Italiano  Politics 
18 days ago
When Disney imagineered a $2.5 billion town
In this “Nice Try!” bonus episode, dive into Disney’s utopian design forays from Epcot to Celebration, Florida
Disney  Utopia  Planning  Cities  FL 
19 days ago
In Palm Springs renovation, a little color goes a long way
An Alexander Construction Company-built midcentury home in—where else?—Palm Springs has gotten a bright and cheery makeover thanks to interior designer Michelle Boudreau.

While the building itself was also refurbished, it’s the period-but-contemporary flourishes that bring the desert pad to life. With an ever so slightly butterflying roofline, the sun-filled residence combines a white exterior with equally fresh interiors accented by a mix of materials—wood paneling, glass, marble—and splashes of color.
Palm  Springs  Architecture  CA 
19 days ago
Palms Springs midcentury architecture and its plants get the infrared treatment
Kate Ballis’s “Infra Realism” series candy-coats the California desert resort town
Palm  Springs  Photography  CA 
19 days ago
Remembering Donald Wexler, the Inventor of Palm Springs Modernism
In 1958, structural engineer Bernard Perlin approached Wexler with a proposition: Design 38 flat-roofed all-steel homes at the periphery of Palm Springs for developers George and Robert Alexander. Perlin recalls, "I came by with as big a sample of a wall system as I could carry." Wexler, who up until this point had been toiling in architectural odd-jobs, said yes. A laundry-list of midcentury greats—Raphael Soriano, Charles and Ray Eames, Craig Ellwood, Pierre Koenig, and A. Quincy Jones—had already tried, and failed, to harness steel's potential for mass-production.
Wexler, though, was different. Rather than incorporating the steel into the already existing structure, he made it the entire structure. Wexler's houses—easily replicable, slim, and gorgeously functional—were an obvious antidote to what ailed postwar housing. Even today, the seven Alexander homes possess a cult-like following with Palm Springs modernism devotees. Pierre Koenig, a lifelong collaborator of Wexler, recalls in a recent interview, "Steel is not something you can take up and put down." Later Wexler added, "The seven steel houses, they'll never come down," he says. "Someone will have to bulldoze them or they'll be there forever."
Throughout his career, Donald Wexler remained firm on one point—He refused labels. The late architect famously said, "We didn't even think of it as 'Modern' in terms of architecture for the desert. We did it to live with the environment, a matter of balancing orientation and views." Adamantly against being described as Midcentury Modern or of the International Style, Donald Wexler preferred to let his work speak for itself.
Palm  Springs  CA  Architecture 
19 days ago
During Palm Springs Modernism Week, The City Becomes a Playground for the Nostalgic
Relatively recent preservation efforts revived buildings that had languished under decades of neglect: In 2003 the city converted Albert Frey’s 1965 Tramway Gas Station, with its dramatically parabolic roof, into a visitors center; in 2008, a pair of modernist enthusiasts rescued Lautner’s ailing 1947 Desert Hot Springs Motel and reopened it in 2011 as the luxuriously furnished Hotel Lautner. Modernism Week was established in 2006, and as icing on the cake, local radio station KWXY relaunched as MODFM last fall.
Modernism Week opens the doors to a few distinguished treasures—timed and (expensive) ticketed tours to Hotel Lautner, Sinatra's lavish Williams-designed estate, and Albert Frey’s final residence that beautifully protrudes from the rocky hillside. They've been carefully preserved to encapsulate a certain moment in time, and consequently, Palm Springs's origins as an extension of Hollywood.
Built on ideals of fantasy and retreat and a rejection of established ideals of taste, the Palm Springs spirit has, in one sense, shifted only slightly, from playground to amusement park. Modernism Week is akin to a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, recalibrated for the ultra-fabulous.
Palm  Springs  CA 
19 days ago
Brand New Eichler Homes Could Be Coming to Palm Springs
Although Eichler built over 11,000 homes in nine communities in Northern California and three in Southern California from 1950 to 1974, none were ever built in Palm Springs. According to My Desert, KUD principal Troy Kudlac says he has an agreement with a Menlo Park realty company to use original plans licensed from the UC Berkeley Environmental Design Archives to build new ones. There's a groundbreaking in the offing, pending approval on building plans, and if the first home sells, the company will consider building more, with the possibility of "a whole neighborhood of homes."

Is a new Eichler still an Eichler? The jury's still out on that one. On the one hand, the man built a pretty impersonal number of homes, so maybe form, if done right, matters more than provenance. But the cult of Eichler is strong enough that some will inevitably cry foul. Given the rising popularity of modernism in Palm Springs, a new one should sell regardless.
Palm  Springs  CA 
19 days ago
Tom Blachford Makes Portraits of Palm Springs Classics by Moonlight
The resort city of Palm Springs, California, is known for its vast collection of "Desert Modern" homes, those midcentury stunners with flat rooflines, expansive windows, and sparkling pools that were once favored as vacation pads for the likes of Frank Sinatra and Truman Capote. So when Australian photographer Tom Blachford got to visit Palm Springs for the first time in April 2013, he was determined to capture the area's iconic architecture. Under Palm Springs' invariable blue skies and scorching sun, Blachford struggled to photograph the buildings in a way that no one has seen before. Serendipitously after dinner one night, however, Blachford finally found his inspiration under a full moon. The resulting photo series, called Midnight Modern, strikingly captures each architectural gem in eerie moonlight, as if the whole place was a life-size terrarium.
Palm  Springs  CA 
19 days ago
How Palm Springs, long a design hot spot, leveled up
With Modernism Week, Coachella—and now Desert X—Palm Springs has become an international destination.
Sending art and design fans out into the desert is not a new concept, of course. High Desert Test Sites has been curating similar installations in the region north of nearby Joshua Tree for years (see also: Marfa, Burning Man). What happened in Palm Springs this year was not only the addition of the brand-new Desert X to the popular music and design events, but a newfound synergy that saw attendees moving between all three festivals for what felt like the first time. (All of which, I’m almost positive, are timed to coincide with the East Coast’s dreariest weather, on purpose.)
Palm  Springs  CA 
19 days ago
The Dark Side of the Italian Tomato
«L’Italia è il secondo trasformatore e conservatore mondiale di pomodoro dopo la California, in termini di quantità di prodotti freschi trasformati», si rallegra Giovanni de Angelis, direttore dell’ANICAV, associazione nazionale dei produttori industriali di conserve alimentari vegetali.
Gli “invisibili” delle campagne di raccolta sono migliaia in tutto il sud Italia. Quasi tutti privi di documenti, sono disposti a tutto pur di lavorare. «Neanche in Africa ho mai visto gente vivere e lavorare in tali condizioni», si indigna Yvan Sagnet, studente camerunese che ha organizzato nel 2010 il primo sciopero di lavoratori stagionali nei campi delle Puglie. Oggi lavora per la CGIL, principale sindacato italiano, per difendere i diritti dei lavoratori stagionali immigrati.
Italy  Africa  Ghana  Tomatoes  Migration  Immigrants  Food  Italiano 
20 days ago
André Aciman and Jonathan Burnham on Marcel Proust
Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center André Aciman and Senior VP and Publisher at HarperCollins Jonathan Burnham discuss the world and mind of Marcel Proust.
Marcel  Proust  Remembrance  of  Things  Past  In  Search  Lost  Time  Literature  French  France 
21 days ago
Giacomo Leopardi's "Zibaldone," the Least Known Masterpiece of European Literature
If, as a poet, Leopardi is a master, occupying a rank in Italian literature similar to that of Keats in English literature, then as a thinker he is only a little less powerful; he belongs in the history of thought as a follower of Rousseau and a forerunner of Nietzsche. To combine these two forms of intellectual achievement is surpassingly rare, as Leopardi himself knew. “Truly remarkable and lofty minds that scoff at precepts and warnings and scarcely care about the impossible,” he wrote, “can overcome any obstacle and be supreme modern philosophers able to write perfect poetry. But because this phenomenon borders on the impossible, it cannot help but be very rare and singular.”
Leopardi  Italy  Literature 
21 days ago
Joey Plaster - Black Queer Performance in Baltimore’s “Cathedral of Books”
As Curator in Public Humanities for the Hopkins libraries, I worked with the ballroom community to create a collaborative public humanities project we called the “Peabody Ballroom Experience.” The first year of the project—which featured film screenings, panel discussions, dance workshops, oral history interviews, and the production of a documentary film—culminated in April 2019, when ballroom leaders threw an epic ball competition at the George Peabody Library.
Baltimore  Libraries  Queer  Ballroom  Race  Dance  Mt.  Vernon 
21 days ago
Alexandra Petri - There’s nothing wrong with good, harmless fun!
So many things are fun, when you have the right perspective. Calling people funny names! Grabbing someone by the — anywhere! Chanting! Telling someone to die, humorously and ironically! Anything can be fun if no one is hurt. (If you are hurt, you are no one.)
Humor  Activism  Sexism 
21 days ago
The Long, Strange Tale of California’s Surf Nazis
The first commercially made surfboards sold in California, in the 1930s, had swastikas burned into their tails and were marketed as the Swastika model by Pacific System Homes of Los Angeles. The 1959 edition of “Search for Surf,” a series of surf movies by Greg Noll, included Californian surfers in Nazi storm trooper uniforms riding Flexi-Flyers in a storm drain while friends held up a Third Reich flag. Ed Roth, the artist and custom-car visionary known as Big Daddy, sold plastic Nazi storm trooper helmets to surfers in the mid-1960s and told Time magazine, “That Hitler really did a helluva public relations job for me.”
Then there was Miki Dora, king of Malibu and still the greatest culture hero in all of California surfing. Dora and the Malibu crew, according to histoiran Matt Warshaw, they eventually figured out that Kathy Kohner, the real-life inspiration for the character Gidget, was Jewish. Her father, Frederick Kohner, fled Nazi Germany for California and, when his daughter took up surfing, wrote the novel that became the film. A member of the Malibu crew responded to the news about the Kohners’ ethnicity by planting a burning cross in their driveway.
According to the book “All for a Few Perfect Waves: The Audacious Life and Legend of Rebel Surfer Miki Dora,” by David Rensin, Dora often used racial slurs and advised acquaintances to put all their money in gold before Mexicans and blacks poured over the borders and ruined the economy. While serving prison time, Dora (who had been convicted of both check and credit-card fraud) wrote to a friend that he loved American Nazis. Dora eventually relocated to apartheid-era South Africa.
Indigenous wave-riding cultures are known to have emerged in several places around the world, including Peru, Polynesia and West Africa. Not one is in Europe. California, furthermore, was one of the most densely populated places in North America when Spaniards came in the 18th century, and was part of Spain and Mexico for nearly 80 years before the United States claimed it in the Mexican-American War. Before the 1848 Gold Rush, out of a total California population of about 150,000, there were perhaps 1,000 Anglos in the entire state. Put another way, nothing about either the sport of wave-riding or California itself is intrinsically white, much less blond.
Then there’s the story of how both came to be viewed that way. While other territories of the Western United States displaced indigenous people, California politicians openly discussed outright extermination. Between 1850 and 1861, the California government spent an estimated $1.5 million reimbursing bounty hunters and militias for deliberate mass murder of Native Californians.

The first California Legislative Assembly, in 1850, effectively established California as a kind of white ethno-state with laws legalizing enslavement of Native Californian children and barring people of color from voting. Other laws prohibited nonwhites from testifying against whites in courts of law. This effectively immunized whites from prosecution for violence against people of color.

During the Civil War, California was so lousy with Confederate sympathizers that the Union Army garrisoned troops in Los Angeles to guard against insurrection. In the early 20th century, when immigration from eastern and southern Europe stoked Anglo-American anxiety over racial purity, California became a leader in the so-called eugenics movement aimed at preserving white identity through forced sterilization of social undesirables. Thirty-two states enacted compulsory sterilization laws, but California enforced its own with such enthusiasm that it ultimately sterilized approximately 20,000 people, one- third of the national total.

In 1934, a California eugenics promoter named Charles M. Goethe returned from Nazi Germany to tell a colleague, “Your work has played a powerful part in shaping the opinions of the group of intellectuals who are behind Hitler in this epoch-making program.” Germany’s racial-hygiene laws were based on a Model Compulsory Sterilization Law developed in the United States.

Forced sterilization continued in California until at least 1973, when a Latina named Dolores Madrigal, who had given birth at the University of Southern California medical center, walked out with a tubal ligation she didn’t want from an obstetrics ward in which the head physician had been heard to say, according to the testimony of a hospital technician, that “poor minority women in L.A. County were having too many babies, that it was a strain on society and that it was good that they be sterilized.” (The head physician has denied any wrongdoing.)
CA  Whites  Racism  Race  White  Supremacy  Surfers  Surfing  History 
22 days ago
Grisettes and Lorettes
The Grisette was a girl who spent more than she earned, but who had an elder male ‘friend’, a shopkeeper or wholesaler who would pay her debts. Her other male friend, a much younger painter or student, was the weekend friend, her passion and the one who would take her to fashionable balls and restaurants.
Lorettes were the invention of an illustrator, Gavarni, who imagined them as fashionable young women, free from the pressures of men and financial worries. He named them after the district in which they were most commonly to be seen, behind the Notre Dame de Lorette church.
The Grisette had to work and to work hard, whilst other ladies were financially tied to one particular man. The Lorette though was not a kept lady, but one who managed to maintain several relationships at once with men who did not have the means to pay for exclusivity.
The somewhat light-hearted image of these ladies did though hide a much darker side, touched on with Hugo's Fantine. She is abandoned by her aristocratic lover and is eventually forced into prostitution. This was clearly a route some of the grisettes took, but the Lorettes had another enemy - age.
Paris  France  Feminisms  History  19th  Century 
23 days ago
Impressionism – Monet and Renoir, La Grenouillére (The Frog Pond), 1869
The name La Grenouillére was based on its double meaning. It’s not only the French term for frog pond, but it was also used colloquially to describe women who were, as Renoir’s son in his memoir of his father put it, “not exactly prostitutes, but a class of unattached young women, characteristic of the Parisian scene [at the time], changing lovers easily, satisfying any whim, going nonchalantly from a mansion on the Champs-Elyseés to a garret in the Batignolles“.
Paris  Impressionists  Painting  Monet  Renoir  Lorettes  Prostitution  1860s 
23 days ago
Five Inventions that Made Impressionism Possible
1. The paint tube
2. The folding easel
3. Hog bristle brushes and the ferrule
4. Photography
5. The railway

Recalls the BBC 2's production by Waldemar Januszczak of The Impressionists, episode one: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012rw4n
Art  History  Paris  Monet  Renoir  Painting  Artists  Impressionists  19th  Century 
23 days ago
Teresa Mannino
Teresa Mannino (Palermo, 23 novembre 1970) è una comica, cabarettista, attrice, conduttrice televisiva e conduttrice radiofonica italiana.

Also: http://www.gay.tv/articolo/se-stasera-sono-qui-perche-teresa-mannino-e-meglio-di-fazio-e-saviano/39371/
Italiano  Humor  Palermo  Sicilia  Italy 
24 days ago
Meet the ancestors… the two brothers creating lifelike figures of early man
Dutch twins Adrie and Alfons Kennis are showing their uncanny models in museums all over Europe. Adrie discusses how their creations are realised and the extreme reactions they can provoke
Sculpture  Nethernlands  Art  Neanderthals 
24 days ago
Dario Accolla - Un messaggio
Nel corso di questi anni sono stato oggetto privilegiato di insulti di vario tipo. Da quelli dei cattostronzi — era il 2007, ai tempi dei DiCo — per cui ero uno scherzo della natura che non meritava diritti, al "fuoco amico" più recente, sempre per questioni di divergenze politiche.
Insulti tra i più vari.

Ne riporto alcuni: "patetica nullità" (anche nella variante senza aggettivo), "scrivi temini da terza media", "inciccionito" con la variante "ciccione", "potenziale stupratore in quanto maschio", "sfruttatore di donne", "misogino fascista", "omonazionalista che toglie spazio alle persone ***" (inserite voi la categoria protetta preferita), "quello dei selfie", "Scanzi dei gay", "prezzolato da Travaglio" — ma magari mi pagassero! — ecc. La lista ovviamente continua.

Tralasciando il fatto che sono diversi per entità e gravità (una cosa è dirmi che non so scrivere, una cosa è vedermi come capace di stupro, ma vabbè), noto che in tutti c'è stata una matrice comune: il tentativo di ridurre l'altro al silenzio.

Io ho un carattere di merda, lo so. Sclero, sbotto, fanculizzo e ti rimuovo dagli amici. Tutto vero (che poi sono un coglione, e me lo dico da solo, visto che ho il profilo aperto e possono venire a commentare quando e come vogliono). Ma una cosa potete riconoscermela. Io vi parlo. Forse sbagliando, forse mirando a crearmi il mio milieu comunicativo, ma io parlo con tutti e tutte. Poi le cose vanno come devono andare e pazienza.

Ora, di fronte a tutto questo, io soppeserei sulla bilancia dell'essere ciò che siamo, rispettivamente.
Quando mi dite "e questo insegna pure", io metterei sul vostro piatto della bilancia ciò che voi fate nella vita di tutti i giorni e come ci siete arrivati/e, a quella posizione raggiunta.
Quando mi dite che scrivo di merda per i temi che tratto e per come li tratto, e può essere eh, io vorrei mettere a confronto vita, esperienze, dolore. Carne e sangue.
Quando mi dite che faccio troppi selfie perché sono un ciccione, vorrei sapere qual è la marca della tintura che usate per nascondere i segni di una vecchiaia che non è mai un colpa, ma che sentite il (legittimo) bisogno di nascondere, evidentemente. Perché è apparenza anche quella. E bella mia, o va bene per chiunque o fa sempre schifo. Tertium non datur.

Tutto questo è un processo di riduzione dell'"altro da sé". Nel senso fisico della cosa, intendo. Se miriamo al suo io, nello specifico. Non per ciò che pensa o dice, ma per ciò che è. Di volta in volta, togliendo un pezzo di legittimità, si prova a strappare via un pezzo di identità. Per descrivere l'altro come inadeguato, incapace, fallito, ecc. Un pizzicotto per volta sull'essere che cerca di strapparne via un pezzo dopo l'altro. Si chiama in altri termini, annichilimento.

Quando mandi nel magico mondo del web il messaggio che il tuo interlocutore non ha diritto di esistere, con le sue opinioni e le sue idee, dovresti sempre chiederti chi sei tu per fare un'affermazione così solenne e irreversibile — l'invito al non essere è molto simile a un desiderio di morte — e dovresti porti di fronte alla più semplice degli interrogativi: "Io chi cazzo sono per dire ciò?"

E non parlo della tua identità politica, costruita su imprescindibili testi femministi, marxisti, queer o del tuo ego strutturato su Cioè, quando andavi alle medie (faccio coming out: io lo leggevo ma solo perché ero gay). Parlo della tua umanità.
Parlo di quella volta che una studentessa, che era pure profuga, ti ha detto che mai si dimenticherà di te. Perché hai fatto l'unica cosa che andava fatta, in quel momento: insegnarle l'italiano.
Parlo di quella volta in cui un ragazzo gay ti ha scritto, su messenger, che gli hai salvato la vita. E non perché era sul ciglio di un palazzo pronto a buttarsi giù e tu hai fatto il Pippo Baudo della situazione, ma solo perché attraverso il raccontare se stessi, anche con uno stile da terza media, hai comunque offerto una prospettiva. Un finale diverso. Una speranza.

Vorrei sapere quando è stata l'ultima volta che ti sei innamorato/a, che hai pianto, che hai pensato di non farcela più. E di quando poi hai ricominciato, con tutto il tuo carico di imperfezioni e coazioni a ripetere.

Io parlo di quando è stata la nostra ultima volta che ci siamo sentiti pienamente umani. E poi mettiamole sul piatto della bilancia, le nostre umanità. Chissà che non ci sia un punto, nelle nostre inconciliabili esistenze, che l'ago segni un baricentro comune. E questo non significa che dobbiamo volerci bene, manco per il cazzo. Significa che a volte ci comportiamo esattamente come quelli che diciamo di voler combattere. Non vedendo chi sta oltre opinioni e teorie, cedendo a quel desiderio di riduzione al silenzio che poi è specchio di volontà di morte. Simbolica, ok. Ma fa schifo uguale.

E vale per tutti, i blogger gay — nessuno qui è migliore di nessuno — le femministe radicali, i dj queer, i prof universitari marxisti che Marx in confronto era Giorgia Meloni e tutte le altre emanazioni di cui l'io può essere capace. Forse, a volte, dovremmo solo fermarci e guardarci negli occhi. E cercare di capire. Oppure possiamo giocare a chi ce l'ha più grosso (l'ego, non l'ago), ma tranquillah amah (semicit), che anche lì non ho problemi a guardarmi allo specchio la mattina.
Italiano  Politics  Queer 
24 days ago
La sfida tra donne e uomini [Esperimento sulla disuguaglianza]
Esistono ancora diseguaglianze sociali tra uomini e donne?
Abbiamo fatto un esperimento. E quella che sembra una semplice corsa rivelerà una realtà molto amara. State a guardare.
Italiano  Sexism  Feminisms 
24 days ago
Lorenzo Bernini's faculty profile page a the University of Verona
Il fallo di Calibano: Biopolitica della 'razza' e pulsione sessuale

CONTENUTI DEL CORSO:
1. A partire dal Novecento un’ormai ampia tradizione di pensiero critico ha problematizzato la relazione che lega politica e sessualità. In un primo momento, il corso si soffermerà su tre approcci teorici che in modi differenti si sono confrontati con i concetti di pulsione, desiderio e identificazione sessuale, elaborando visioni differenti di tale relazione:
- le teorie freudomarxiste della liberazione sessuale,
- le teorie costruttiviste della sessualità e del genere,
- le teorie queer antisociali e affettive.
2. In un secondo momento, il corso cercherà una mediazione tra il costruttivismo (Foucault) e le teorie antisociali (Freud) nell'analisi della mostrificazione della sessualità dell'uomo nero operata dalle teorie decoloniali, antirazziste e femministe (Fanon e Davis).

METODI DIDATTICI:
Lezioni seminariali, discussioni sui temi in programma.

OBIETTIVI FORMATIVI:
L’insegnamento si propone di fornire esempi di filosofie critiche che hanno interrogato la relazione tra politica e sessualità dal punto di vista delle cosiddette ‘minoranze sessuali’, e che hanno di conseguenza elaborato nuovi modelli interpretativi del soggetto, della collettività, dell’azione politica.

TESTI IN PROGRAMMA:
Sigmund Freud: Tre saggi sulla teoria sessuale
Frantz Fanon: Pelle nera, maschere bianche
Michel Foucault: La volontà di sapere
Angela Davis: Donne, razza e classe
Lorenzo Bernini: Le teorie queer: un'introduzione

Mercoledì 16.30-19, aula Zorzi B
Giovedì 14-16.30, aula 1.6
Verona  Italy  Queer  Academia 
24 days ago
Scott Yoo explores Vivaldi in Northern Italy
Scott Yoo crosses Northern Italy, chasing the story of one of the most recorded pieces of music in the world, Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” and discovers how the composer merged religious melodies, opera and a new level of violin playing to launch a new era of music.
Vivaldi  Italy  Music  Classical  PBS 
25 days ago
Bookish Buzz
All Bookish with a fun twist, find fun quizzes, great book lists and all the good stuff all in one place
Books  Literature  Fiction  Publishing  Libraries  Bookstores 
25 days ago
Alessandro Tofanelli
Italian bear artist whose work recalls the painting of Robert Cardinal in Provincetown
Bears  Italy  Italian  Painting  Robert  Cardinal  Provincetown 
25 days ago
Mexican Repatriation
The Mexican Repatriation was a mass deportation of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans from the United States between 1929 and 1936. Estimates of how many were repatriated range from 400,000 to 2,000,000. An estimated sixty percent of those deported were birthright citizens of the United States. Because the forced movement was based on race, and frequently ignored citizenship, some scholars argue the process meets modern legal definitions of ethnic cleansing. Widely blamed for exacerbating the overall economic downturn of the Great Depression, Mexicans were further targeted because of "the proximity of the Mexican border, the physical distinctiveness of mestizos, and easily identifiable barrios." While supported by the federal government, actual deportations were largely organized and carried out by city and state governments, often with support from local private entities.
Mexicans  Racism  1920s  1930s  Race  Whites  History  US 
25 days ago
Recalling the Porvenir Massacre and Racist Violence in California
California was second only to Texas in the grim ranking of mob killings of people of Mexican descent, according to the historians William D. Carrigan and Clive Webb.
Examples of such lynchings in California abound.
Many of California’s lynchings of Mexicans took place during the Gold Rush from 1848 to 1855, when Anglos chafed at having to compete with Mexicans for mining claims. Never mind that California was part of Mexico just a few years earlier; after the Mexican-American War, the United States annexed California and other Mexican lands that form what is now the American Southwest.
Lynchings of people of Mexican descent continued in California through the 1890s. By then, episodes like the Bakersfield killings of 1877 had provoked claims of racism against Mexicans.
CA  Mexicans  Racism  Violence  History 
25 days ago
Push for Ethnic Studies Faces a Dilemma: Whose Stories to Tell
California’s newly proposed ethnic studies curriculum for K-12 public schools has led to bitter debate in recent weeks over whether they veer into left-wing propaganda, and whether they are inclusive enough of Jews and other ethnic groups. Now, amid a growing outcry, even progressive policymakers in the state are promising significant revisions.
The materials are unapologetically activist — and jargony. They ask students to “critique empire and its relationship to white supremacy, racism, patriarchy, cisheteropatriarchy, capitalism, ableism, anthropocentrism and other forms of power and oppression.” A goal, the draft states, is to “connect ourselves to past and contemporary resistance movements that struggle for social justice.”
California is one of the first three states, alongside Oregon and Vermont, to forge ahead this year with creating K-12 materials in ethnic studies.
After California released the draft of the materials for public comment in June, some Jewish legislators and organizations complained that anti-Semitism was not an area of emphasis, while the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel came up repeatedly. Armenian, Greek, Hindu and Korean organizations later joined the Jewish groups in calling for revisions.
It did not help that some of the terms used throughout the more than 300 pages of documents — “hxrstory, “cisheteropatriarchy,” “accompliceship” — were inscrutable to many in Sacramento and beyond.
About a fifth of the state’s high schools currently offer an ethnic studies class, according to the California Department of Education.
The 2016 law that led to the California course materials, which will be optional for schools to use, did not precisely define ethnic studies, leaving much of the work to a committee of teachers and professors appointed by a state curriculum board. Members of that committee said they had taken their cues from the way ethnic studies is taught at the college level, where the discipline has traditionally encompassed the study of four groups: African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian-Americans.
The ethnic studies laws in Oregon and Vermont include the study of ethnic minorities, but also other marginalized “social” groups.
Ethnic studies was born of protests and activism at San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley, in the late 1960s.
More than three-quarters of California students are nonwhite, but 62 percent of their teachers are white.
The area of the draft curriculum that proved most divisive is how it treats Palestinians and Jews. Committee members, some of whom have received hate mail since the documents were posted online, said they were committed to fighting anti-Semitism, and were shocked by the responses from some Jewish organizations.
Mr. Medina, the Democratic assemblyman, said, “It is more important to me that we get it right than we do it quickly.”

When he taught ethnic studies classes in Riverside, east of Los Angeles, his goal was not to create activists, he added. “My goal as a teacher was to leave students who could think for themselves.”
CA  Schools  Education  History  Race  Racism  Immigration  Public 
25 days ago
Podcast - Spooked
Spooked features true-life supernatural stories, told firsthand by people who can barely believe it happened themselves. Be afraid. Created in the dark of night, by Snap Judgment and WNYC Studios. New episodes on Mondays and Thursdays.
Horror  Podcasts 
26 days ago
Buon Compleanno Dylan Dog
Quando Dylan Dog arrivò nelle edicole di gran parte d’Italia, Sergio Bonelli era un editore di fumetti destinati ai maschi più o meno adulti, che amavano il mistero e l’avventura. Era il 1986 e in provincia noi piccoli ci divertivamo a leggere gli albi dei nostri padri e, quando non erano troppo sorvegliati, a venderli per strada in banchetti fatti con le cassette della frutta. I vigili ci lasciavano stare, d’altronde era un’epoca in cui non erano obbligatorie le cinture di sicurezza in macchina, il casco in motorino era un optional e gli scontrini nei negozi pure.
Horror  Graphic  Novels  Comics  Italy  Italian 
26 days ago
Hello Talk
Learn a language by chatting with native speakers around the world. For free!
Languages  Italiano 
27 days ago
The Inclusive Historian
This dynamic reference source supports inclusive and equity-focused historical work in public settings by sharing a knowledge base that invites more people to engage in history projects. This handbook provides concrete examples of how to make history work more relevant. It centers on equity, inclusivity, diversity, and public service while offering accessible windows into the many ways public historians work.
Public  History  Queer  Race  Museums 
27 days ago
Francesco Lepore, da prete ad attivista LGBTQ
Francesco Lepore era un sacerdote: entrato a quattordici anni in seminario per reprimere la propria omosessualità, si è innamorato proprio in chiesa la prima volta. Ha poi deciso di abbandonare l’abito talare per vivere la sua vita alla luce del sole: “Anche se in tanti non lo fanno per non rinunciare ai privilegi”.
https://www.facebook.com/francesco.lepore3
Bears  Roma  Queer  Religion  Roman  Catholics 
27 days ago
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