ENGL 386 sections 001 & 002
American Women Writers of Color
-- Links of Interest Page--

Below are links that I've found of interest to the material of this course. If you discover pertinent links and would like to share them with the class, please e-mail me the URLs and I'll post them here. (Never know when the extra "class participation" points will save you!)

»»Local Links/Announcements:

  • Salisbury University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) organization. Their website includes information and resources for students and faculty on issues of concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transexual/transgender persons -- student and faculty alike. Remember that "person" is often the too-silent and -implied word behind any of these adjectives.

  • Grassroots II at 1305 S. Division St. #10 (410-548-7151; raepolk@aol.com) is a locally-owned bookstore and resource centre for African-American books and culture. Owner Rachel Polk can help in ordering texts by African-American and other women of color. Support your local booksellers!

  • Banned Books Week
    What is the price of "free" speech? Is censorship ever a good thing? SU explores these topics and more during "Banned Book Week: Free Speech Isn't Free" Friday, September 24-Friday, October 1. Events include: All events are free and the public is invited. For more information call Susan Brazer at 410-546-4370, Dr. Chrys Egan at 410-677-5436 or Dr. Judith Pike at 410-543-6440.

  • Women's Self Defense
    The SU Police Department is committed to providing the safest environment possible. With this in mind, SUPD will be offering Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes in the fall 2004 semester. RAD is an international self-defense organization that offers a free lifetime return and practice policy.
    The program starts with a personal safety discussion, which includes information focusing on awareness and risk reduction. Topics include safety in the home, the car and while traveling, as well as current hot issues like: "Should I carry pepper spray?" RAD focuses on practicing physical, self-defense techniques for all types of confrontations using different levels of force. Prior experience is not necessary. The program concludes with a simulated attack. There are two sessions for which participants may register:
    Session 1 - October 4, 6, 11 and 13; 7-10 p.m.
    Session 2 - November 1, 3, 10 and 17; 7-10 p.m.
    Participants must attend all four classes in the 12-hour session. RAD is offered primarily to SU students, faculty and staff. Classes are limited to 15 students. Register online at www.salisbury.edu/police or contact Sgt. Cinda Howell at cchowell@salisbury.edu or 410-543-6222.

  • Native American Film Series
    From the arrival of the Europeans through modern times, Native American cultures have been an integral part of the United States. As part of its Fall Cultural Events Series, "A Celebration of Native American Peoples," SU presents 500 Nations, an eight-film series directed by documentary filmmaker Jack Leustig, starting 8 p.m. Monday, September 27, in Caruthers Hall Auditorium. Hosted by Kevin Costner and narrated by Gregory Harrison, the series also features the voices of actors Wes Studi, Edward James Olmos and Patrick Stewart. In addition to chronicling the history of Native Americans, the series provides virtual tours of famed Native American cities including Pueblo Bonito, Cahokia, Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza.
    The first installment, The Ancestors, explores surprising early cultures of North America, including Chokia, the largest city in the United States before 1800. Other installments are scheduled on consecutive Mondays as follows:
    October 4: Mexico - Through revealing eyewitness accounts, follow the = rise and fall of the great Aztec Empire.

    October 11: The Clash of Cultures - Who met Columbus in the New World? Find out in a program that includes De Soto's plundering march through the southern United States.

    October 18: Invasion of the Coast - Find out about how Thanksgiving really began, the true Pocahontas story, the bloodiest of all colonial Indian wars and more.

    October 25: Cauldron of War - Trade transforms the Native American world. The American Revolution devastates the Iroquois, the oldest democracy on the continent.

    November 1: Removal - Tecumseh stands against the tide. The Cherokee and other southern nations are forced west of the Mississippi.

    November 8: Roads Across the Plains - Missions take hold in California. Gold rushers pour in from the East and Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and others are caught in between.

    November 15: Attack on Culture - Chief Joseph, Cochise and Geronimo resist confinement. The very cultures of Indian nations are placed under siege.

    All films begin at 8 p.m. in Caruthers Hall Auditorium. Sponsored by TIG Productions and the Office of Cultural Affairs and Museum Programs, the series is free and the public is cordially invited. For more information call 410-543-6271.

  • Jewish Life Exhibit At one time, almost every Maryland market town or transportation center had one or more Jewish merchants doing business along the main street. While some of these merchants-along with Jews in other pursuits-moved away within a generation, others established families and close local friendshis, putting down deep roots in their adopted towns. "We Call This Place Home: Jewish Life in Maryland's Small Towns," an exhibition produced by the Jewish Museum of Maryland and presented by the University Galleries at SU, tells their story. The exhibit hangs September 28-November 5 in the Fulton Hall Gallery. An opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 28. Coinciding with the opening reception, a Jewish Dinner is served 5-7 p.m. in the Commons Bistro. The meal is accompanied by old world Jewish Klezmer music. The public is invited to attend. Admission to the dinner is $8.75 for adults, $5.50 for children. The first exhibit of its kind in Maryland, "We Call This Place Home" includes materials from Jewish communities throughout the state, from Pocomoke City on the southern tip of the Eastern Shore, to Cumberland in the western panhandle. In photographs and many first-person texts, the display chronicles the challenges of and rewards for maintaining Jewish life while at the same time assimilating into the larger cultural community-an experience shared by those of many ethnic groups. This exhibition is supported in part by the Maryland Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Maryland Historical Trust and the University Galleries at SU. The exhibit is free and the public is invited.
    For information about "We Call This Place Home: Jewish Life in Maryland's Small Towns" and general visitor information call 410-548-2547. An exhibit catalog that documents and interprets the Jewish experience in Maryland, edited by Karen Falk and Avi Y. Decter, may be purchased for $15 in the Fulton Hall Gallery. The catalog was published by the Jewish Museum of Maryland with support from the Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation, Henry and Elizabeth Lehmann Philanthropic Fund, National Endowment for the Humanities, Maryland Historical Trust and the Maryland State Arts Council.

    »»National Links

  • "Angry Little Girls," a comic strip by Asian-American artist Linda Lee. This strip, which grows more popular each month, confronts the simultaneous issues of racism, sexism, and classism with humor and wit. Seriously hilarious, and hilariously serious.

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