Israeli apartheid & the paradox of a Palestinian poet in exile in Iceland I attended a poetry reading by Mazen Maarouf at Columbia University on April 14 and I found the Q&A as interesting and compelling as his wonderful poetry (which he read in Arabic and had interpreted into English by a faculty member who introduced ...Read More
Breaking the Silence: LGBT Identities & Multiple Oppressions Pauline Park, Ph.D. Chair New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) and President of the board of directors and acting executive director Queens Pride House Day of Silence University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) 11 April 2014 I would like to thank Infusions for inviting me to speak at the Day of Silence event today and I ...Read More
Bill Clinton, Edward Snowden & imperfect messengers "Former President Bill Clinton called National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden an 'imperfect messenger,' saying that he raised important questions about national security," Politico is reporting ("Bill Clinton: Edward Snowden 'imperfect'," Politico, 9 April 2014). So here's what Bill Clinton was perfect at: enabling massive corporate profits & union-busting ...Read More
Obama, LBJ & Presidential Legacies "Disappointed liberals, conservative critics and ordinary citizens who remember the candidate of 2008 have asked that question about Obama’s presidency. What has he been willing to fight for?," Dan Balz writes of the famous reply that Lyndon Baines Johnson made to an adviser who suggested that Johnson avoid pushing civil rights ...Read More
Israel & the Ottoman expulsion of Jews from Palestine in 1917 Ahmed Jemal Pasha on the banks of the Dead Sea "April 6, 1917 was the day set by the Ottoman authorities then ruling Palestine for the evacuation of the civilian population of Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Although the Muslims who were expelled were permitted to return ...Read More
La Princesse de Clèves Jean-François Poron (le Duc de Nemours) & Marina Vlady (la Princesse de Clèves) "La Princesse de Clèves" is a 1961 film by Jean Delannoy starring the great Jean Marais as the Prince de Clèves, Marina Vlady as the Princesse de Clèves and Jean-François Poron as the Duc de Nemours. The great features music by Georges Auric ...Read More
Louis XV & Madame de Pompadour at the Bal des If "The ball for the Dauphin's marriage was perhaps the most splendid ever known in all the history of Versailles," Nancy Mitford writes in her 1954 biography, "Madame Pompadour." The celebrated Yew Tree Ball, a masked ball held in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles on the ...Read More
Conchita Supervía & the Golden Age of Opera Conchita Supervía (December 8-9, 1895-March 30, 1936) was one of the great opera singers of all time and one of my favorites. Supervía's life was tragically cut short in childbirth. It's only too bad that so few of today's opera lovers know of her, because Supervía's vibrato -- unlike that ...Read More
Israel, Hobby Lobby, transgender & the Family Research Council I was fascinated to see the most recent ‘prayer targets’ message from the Family Research Council. FRC “bills itself as ‘the leading voice for the family in our nation’s halls of power,’ but its real specialty is defaming gays and lesbians. The FRC often makes false claims ...Read More
Transgender Inclusion: Transforming the Academy, Transforming Society Pauline Park keynote speech Students of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Diversity Forum 21 March 14 I would like to begin by thanking Shana Kitchen of the Students of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) for being instrumental in bringing me here to speak at the Diversity Forum today and I'd like to thank Prof. ...Read More
Bloomberg, de Blasio & the New York Times "What is definitely off-target is the notion, which the New York Times repeated Saturday but certainly didn’t invent, that 'more managerial' appointees are somehow ideologically neutral. This misconception underlay a lot of the skewed analysis of the Bloomberg administration, which was seen as apolitical, as merely interested in ...Read More
Israel/Palestine & the not-so-United Kingdom "Would a BBC interviewer be willing to hand over half of Britain to people who made a habit of killing Britons? That was the question Habayit Hayehudi chairman Naftali Bennett posed on BBC's 'Hard Talk' on Tuesday, when interviewer Stephen Sackur asked about Bennett's objection to granting Palestinians sovereignty," Ha'aretz is reporting ...Read More
- Israeli apartheid & the paradox of a Palestinian poet in exile in Iceland
- Breaking the Silence: LGBT Identities & Multiple Oppressions (UIUC, 4.11.14)
- Bill Clinton, Edward Snowden & imperfect messengers
- Obama, LBJ & Presidential Legacies
- Israel & the Ottoman expulsion of Jews from Palestine in 1917
- La Princesse de Cleves
- Louis XV & Madame de Pompadour at the Bal des If
- Conchita Supervia & the Golden Age of Opera
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