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Does poetry matter — really? how?

Once again the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center takes on an imponderable.  The Great American Think-Off topic for 2011 is “Does Poetry Matter?”

To this English major the answer seems obvious – till one thinks deep.

Guidelines note that “judges are looking for essays that address the value and usefulness of poetry by speaking about personal experience rather than abstract philosophical reasoning.”  Ah, there’s the rub.

The contest involves far more thinking than paper work.  Submit an essay of 750 words or fewer by April 1 – send the essay by email, USPS or online.  No admission fee and a financial incentive of $500 cash plus travel and lodging to/in New York Mills for four finalist essay winners who will be invited to participate in the final debate in June.

The winter of 2011 offers an irresistible opportunity think deep and long.  Poetry seems like a most worthy topic for cogitation.

Though there are lots of details on the competition past and present on The Great American Think-Off website,  don’t let the prose distract you – focus like the proverbial laser on the theme!

Call for Papers on Overcoming Racism

Overcoming Racism is a mission shared  a “loose collective of organizations committed to overcoming racism in Minnesota.  A major initiative of that collaboration, the Facilitating Racial Equity Collaborative, is sponsorship of an annual conference that addresses and thus higihlights a common agenda.  “Recognizing and Challenging the Legacies That Oppress Us” is the theme for the group’s 2010 Antiracism Conference set for October 29-30 at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.  The goal of the conference is “advancing antiracist transformation of ourselves, our institutions and our communities.”

Currently organizing of Overcoming Racism are seeking help to meet that ambitious challenge by issuing a Call for Workshop Proposals.  Proposals are due August 31.  The Call is a thoughtful and detailed document that offers clear background information on the purposes, expectations and format.  Of particular help to the proposal developer is a precise definition of terms such as “colonization”, institutional” “structural” and “systemic” racism and “historical trauma.”  Presenters will be selected and informed by September 30.

Details are available on the organization’s website.

Early registration for the conference is $75/day or $120 for both days.  Online registration is provided by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.