Poetry for our times from Skip Tenczar
There’s a DOJ memo they hid with redact,
Seven long pages blanketed in black.
A judge ordered it uncovered,
So the people can discover:
Trump’s prosecution declined by his legal hacks.
A conversation with Professor Joel Christensen
Many of the situations described in classical literature have direct parallels to the situations we have today: how we deal with pandemics, how we see others' perspectives, what kind of leaders we need. We define ourselves by our stories, and how we tell our stories.
Bio: Joel Christensen is Professor and Chair in the Department of Classical Studies at Brandeis University. He taught previously at the University of Texas at San Antonio (2007-2016). He received his BA and MA from Brandeis (’01) in Classics and English and his PhD in Classics from New York University (2007) where he also received an Advanced Certificate in Poetics and Theory.
What Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ can teach us about reentering the world after a year of isolation https://theconversation.com/what-homers-odyssey-can-teach-us-about-reentering-the-world-after-a-year-of-isolation-159036
Plagues follow bad leadership in ancient Greek tales https://theconversation.com/plagues-follow-bad-leadership-in-ancient-greek-tales-133139
The ancient Greeks had alternative facts too – they were just more chill about it https://theconversation.com/the-ancient-greeks-had-alternative-facts-too-they-were-just-more-chill-about-it-131815
Colleges Are Using COVID as a Pretext to Make Draconian Cuts to the Humanities
A conversation with musician, civil rights educator, storyteller Reggie Harris
Is the US a racist nation? Reaction to Senator Tim Scott's response to the Biden address to Congress, forbidding the discussion of divisive concepts is spreading across the US, how could Reggie continue to teach? There are penalties for telling the truth, witness the reactions politicians like Cheney and Romney. Tim Scott lied for his masters, and we need to call out all lies like this. We need to face the truth now, because anyone who is living in a lie is not free.
Reggie tells the stories and sings the songs about the legacy of race and racism in the United States and his goal is to teach people that they have the spirit, courage and decency to rise above it and heal. Reggie says that through his work he has, "... bridged the gaps between those on the left and right...between the unaware and the true believers...between the oppressed and the oppressors and… provide a basis for dialogue and reconciliation."
Reggie Harris from Americans who tell the Truth