Mondays Are for Links

Here are some links from the past week or so (H/T to my FB feed):

Happenings In Academia:

Dismantling the Master’s House – a project at UCL.

“#DTMH is a community of academics, administrative staff and students at UCL, committed to righting racialised wrongs in our workplace and in the wider world. […] Through scholarly comment, public events, and social media, #DTMH interrogates both Whiteness and Anglocentrism in the academy, while presenting alternatives from among the diversity of voices which make up UCL, London, and the globe.

“[…] Going forward, we seek to put right these racialised wrongs, both by winning the Race Equality Charter Mark, for our good institutional practice here at UCL, and by establishing an unprecedented postgraduate programme, underpinned by a supportive community of researchers, offering a radical and critical analysis of race, for the benefit of London, Britain, and Britain’s former Empire.”

On philosopher Joseph Levine weighing in on the Salaita case in the NYT. 

Eight men talking about Truth and Grounds. (GCC)
[OP Note: If anyone out there wants to make a tumblr for the GCC, I think that would be a great venue for the project. (I don’t have the time/energy to host and maintain such a page right now, otherwise I would.) The 100% men project is an excellent example of a similar project. Being able to scroll through example after example makes the points that the GCC wants to emphasize much more vivid, I think.]

Happenings in History:

A letter Einstein wrote to Curie, telling her to ignore the trolls and haters, because her work is awesome.

Posters from the early 1900s warning about the unnatural abomination that is [some] women’s suffrage. 

Happenings in Activism:

A collection of political cartoons in the wake of the non-indictment for Eric Garner’s death.

Picture of Orange Is the New Black cast in New York with “I Can’t Breathe” signs.

Two articles on athletes wearing “I Can’t Breathe” shirts in solidarity with current protests:
“The Enduring Importance of the Activist Athlete” and
“Protesters vs. Props for Freedom: College Athletes Can’t Breathe Either”

The women Falsely ID’d as the student at the center of the Rolling Stone’s piece about rape at UVA is suing the blogger who falsely ID’d her.
(That should be a sufficient description for anyone who hasn’t heard about the various pieces of this story yet.)

An article on the difference between self-segregation (which might be akin to “reverse racism”) and “healing spaces.”

It discusses how it can hurt to feel excluded from a group as an ally, but that sometimes, the best thing we can do is to step back and not demand that we have access to every space, or to every conversation. #LifeProTip

Other Happenings :

A look at The New Republic, the recent resignation of its editor, and the magazine’s racial legacy, by TNC
“It is impossible to avoid the conclusion that black lives didn’t matter much at all to the magazine.”

NPR on “How The Gender Pay Gap Has Changed (And How It Hasn’t)”

“Women Resisting Heterosexuality In Western Art History” 

2 thoughts on “Mondays Are for Links

  1. And this one, too, because “Take Back the Yak” is a great name:

    http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/responding-to-offensive-posts-on-yik-yak-professors-stage-social-media-takeover/55265

    “Using the smartphone application Yik Yak, which allows people to submit anonymous comments visible to other nearby users, professors posted positive messages to students,”
    “In September, Colgate students organized a 100-hour sit-in to protest what they believed to be institutionalized racism at the university. They cited racist posts on Yik Yak as one cause of their concern. Colgate’s president, Jeffrey Herbst, acknowledged the posts, calling them “appalling.”

    “After discussing his “take back the Yak” idea with several colleagues, Mr. Holm announced the effort, dubbed “Yak Back,” by email and Facebook. He estimates that more than 20 professors have participated.”

  2. Also this:
    “25,000 March in New York to Protest Police Violence”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/14/nyregion/in-new-york-thousands-march-in-continuing-protests-over-garner-case.html

    [I still feel unable to process how much of a big deal this all is. Here’s some awesome people talking about how much of a Big Deal this all is, and how exponentially more exhausting things are for many Black Americans right now: http://twib.fm/latest/twibprime-617-a-difficult-year/%5D

    And this:

    “Montana Dress Code Has Female Legislators Sporting New Look: Clenched Jaws”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/14/us/politics/montana-dress-code-has-female-legislators-sporting-new-look-clenched-jaws.html

    “Montana has never been known as a black-tie place. Governors wear cowboy boots and bolo ties, and people joke that a tuxedo is a pair of black jeans and a sport coat. But this winter, when lawmakers arrive at the State Capitol, they will have to abide by a new dress code: No more jeans. No casual Fridays. And female lawmakers “should be sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines.”

    “Republican leaders who approved the guidelines say they are simply trying to bring a businesslike formality to a State Legislature of ranchers, farmers and business owners that meets for only four months every other year. But the dress code has set off a torrent of online mockery, and is being pilloried by Democratic women as a sexist anachronism straight from the days of buggies and spittoons.”

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