Next Wednesday August 10th, 2022, please join the Vivian G. Harsh Society and the Chicago Public Library for the 2022 Timuel D. Black Jr. Fellow’s Lecture. Dr. Asif Wilson will present “Returning to the Source: Black Teachers Centering Justice for Black Students in Chicago Public Schools,” and discuss his research this summer, which utilized the Timuel D. Black Jr. collection at the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature. The talk will be IN-PERSON at the Carter G. Woodson Library:
Dr. Asif Wilson, 2022 Timuel D. Black Jr. Fellow
“Returning to the Source: Black Teachers Centering Justice for Black Students in Chicago Public Schools”
Wed. Aug. 10th, 6-7pm, followed by a small reception
Woodson Library, 9525 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60628Please Register here: https://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/62d16a7632fabdc2dc62a25a
This morning, while brushing teeth, a 5-year-old asked:
“I have so many thoughts in my head all the time. Like, why is the sun hot? How do helicopter rotors make them fly? How do machines WORK? Why CAN’T cars fly? How do we stay on the earth when we are actually just in outer space ON the earth? Why don’t spiders come out of our faucet if they fall into the reservoir? How does the pump on the soap bottle actually get the soap to come UP? How does the water come out so strong in a firehose when the water is just under ground the rest of the time? Why does the sky turn different colors when the sun goes down?”
52) Stitch by Stitch: The Threads of Abolition
Stitch by Stitch is a gathering of artists and activists, quilters and abolitionists to be held in Chicago on July 15, 16, and 17. We’re honored to sit down with two of the organizers—Dr. Sharbreon Plummer, author of Diasporic Threads: Black Women, Fiber, and Textiles, and Rachel Wallis, an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago—for a wide-ranging conversation about craftivism, building communities of resistance, and creating spaces to release the radical imagination. Contact them at stitchingabolition.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A couple of thoughts from the brilliant Juan Cole:
The Trump Supreme Court self-evidently does not believe in these principles of liberty and pursuit of happiness, on which the United States was founded. The justices hold that we have no right to personal autonomy or bodily privacy and liberty, and that an alliance of Evangelicals and Catholics in state houses can legislate the most intimate details of our lives.
The justices draw on a scam called “originalism” to argue that the constitution now means what it meant to the framers in the 18th Century, which ought to make these originalists turn to professional, academic historians. They do not, and the naive historiography to which we have been treated by Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas in recent weeks would earn any of my undergraduates an “F.”
Since they’re so hung up on the eighteenth century, it is worth considering what the first generation of Americans thought about abortion.
Eighteenth century Americans believed that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness included freedom from unwanted pregnancies during the first 16-18 weeks, and had their own equivalents of mifepristone and misoprostol, the abortion pill, which taken together will end a pregnancy.
In one of his books, Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers and a framer of the constitution, included a text that provided instructions for using herbs to “restore the courses,” that is, to start menstruation back up, i.e. they were abortifacients