race http://wamc.org en Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years A Slave http://wamc.org/post/solomon-northup-complete-story-author-twelve-years-slave <p></p><p></p><p>Solomon Northup was a free man who was lured from his home in Saratoga and kidnapped into slavery in 1841. His life is the subject of the upcoming film, <em>12 Years A Slave</em> which opens at <a href="http://www.spectrum8.com">The Spectrum Theatre</a> in Albany this Friday.</p><p>The new biography, <em>Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years A Slave</em> provides a compelling chronological narrative of Northup's entire life, from his birth in an isolated settlement in upstate New York to the activities he pursued after his release from slavery.</p><p>The biography was written by Clifford Brown, a political science professor at <a href="http://www.union.edu">Union College</a> in Schenectady, Rachel Seligman, former head of Union’s gallery (she now works at <a href="http://tang.skidmore.edu">the Tang</a> at Skidmore College); and David Friske, former librarian for the state.</p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76479 at http://wamc.org Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years A Slave NPR's Michele Norris At Simon's Rock http://wamc.org/post/nprs-michele-norris-simons-rock <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Award-winning journalist, current NPR host and special correspondent, and former co-host of NPR's newsmagazine </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">All Things Considered</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, as well as Best Selling Author and creator of </span><a href="http://www.theracecardproject.com" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>The Race Card Project</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span><a href="http://www.michele-norris.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Michele Norris</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> comes to </span><a href="http://www.simons-rock.edu/events/?/event-listings/eventdetail/2365/-/an-evening-with-npr-s-michele-norris" style="line-height: 1.5;">Bard College at Simon's Rock</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to discuss her work and offer her perspective on tackling complex conversations and having meaningful </span>dialogue<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about race and diversity.</span></p><p>Michele Norris is an award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience. She is currently a host and special correspondent for NPR. Previously, Norris served as co-host of NPR's newsmagazine <em>All Things Considered</em>, public radio's longest-running national program, with Robert Siegel and Melissa Block.</p><p>In September, 2010, Norris released her first book, <em>The Grace of Silence: A Memoir</em>, which focuses on how America talks about race in the wake of Barack Obama's presidential election, and explores her own family's racial legacy.</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 73772 at http://wamc.org NPR's Michele Norris At Simon's Rock Free To Be...You and Me - A Conversation About Children, Families & The Future at The Mahaiwe http://wamc.org/post/free-beyou-and-me-conversation-about-children-families-future-mahaiwe <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.freetobefoundation.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Free to Be You and Me</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a record/book/theater piece/TV special conceived by </span>Marlo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Thomas that challenges gender and racial stereotypes by emphasizing strong positive values such as personal aspiration, individuality, cooperation, self-esteem, tolerance, and comfort with one?s identity.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.mahaiwe.org/">The Mahaiwe</a> in Great Barrington, MA celebrates the&nbsp;40th Anniversary of <em>Free to Be You and Me</em> with a live panel discussion with Marlo Thomas, Alan Alda, and Letty Cottin Pogrebin about the empowering children's classic and the difference it made, as well as societal problems that persist for children today and strategies for progress.</p><p>Marlo Thomas joins us to tell us more.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 71405 at http://wamc.org Free To Be...You and Me - A Conversation About Children, Families & The Future at The Mahaiwe Paul Elisha: Heroes http://wamc.org/post/paul-elisha-heroes <p>For a nation steeped in adherence to the prohibition of enforced religious belief and impenetrable separation of church and state, as Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black: affirmed in 1947: “The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state.&nbsp; That wall must be kept high and impregnable……” (Everson v Bd of Ed’n).&nbsp; Political paladins of various organized religions seem to have been bent on subverting and rescinding it, in favor of one or another preferred religious belief, ever since.&nbsp; That bent seems more prevalent today, than at any time since its adoption.</p><p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 16:14:12 +0000 Paul Elisha 68332 at http://wamc.org "Ghosts of Jim Crow" by F. Michael Higginbotham http://wamc.org/post/ghosts-jim-crow-f-michael-higginbotham <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>When America inaugurated its first African American president, in 2009, many wondered if the country had finally become a "post-racial" society.</p><p>In <em>Ghosts of Jim Crow</em>, F. Michael Higginbotham argues that America remains far away from that imagined utopia.</p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 64841 at http://wamc.org "Ghosts of Jim Crow" by F. Michael Higginbotham Frankie Bailey, University at Albany - Justice and Multiculturalism In The 21st Century http://wamc.org/post/frankie-bailey-university-albany-justice-and-multiculturalism-21st-century <p>Last week the <a href="http://www.albany.edu/">State University of New York at Albany</a> School of Criminal Justice held their spring symposium. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 16:45:00 +0000 Bob Barrett 63296 at http://wamc.org Frankie Bailey, University at Albany - Justice and Multiculturalism In The 21st Century David Mamet's "Race" at CapRep http://wamc.org/post/david-mamets-race-caprep <p>Sex, guilt and bold accusations permeate <em>Race</em> – a provocative play from multiple-Award-winning playwright David Mamet. The show begins previews tonight at <a href="http://www.capitalrep.org">Capital Repertory Theatre</a> in Albany. The play tackles America’s most controversial topic with the brilliant language that only Mamet can bring to the stage.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 55547 at http://wamc.org David Mamet's "Race" at CapRep