A recent issue of Access Press overflows with both information and reminders. Front page information is that Stuart Holland who has managed the Minnesota Radio Talking Book Network since 1986 is retiring. His retirement prompted the newspaper to published a great review of the RTB history written by Jan Willms. It’s a good read and a good reminder. http://www.accesspress.org/blog/2017/09/08/retirement-awaits-new-chapter-for-radio-talking-books-holland/
But don’t stop there, subscribe to Access Press online or pick up a free copy at a convenient newspaper rack. AP is a timely and indispensable source of information about what’s happening in the disabilities community – a tool for anyone who has a disability or who is in a position to share the news with friends, family, patrons, the faith, academic or other community. So many resources, so many opportunities to share the word! Much more about the mission, content and programs of Access Press here: (http://www.accesspress.org)
“Feast” is the theme of Interact Visual Artists’ exhibit (https://interactcenter.org/artists/visual-arts/) open through October 8 at Birchwood Café in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis. (http://birchwoodcafe.com) The exhibit explores the subject of food and the relations and perceptions of food and art. Individual artists assume varying relationships with food by exploring different ethnic foods and approaching the issue in a variety of media and styles.
October 5 – Talk of the Stacks features journalist and food industry authority Larry Olmsted, 7:00 PM at the Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall. Olmsted’s book, is entitled Real Food Fake Food: Why you don’t know what you’re eating and what you can do about it…. The event is free, doors open at 6:15; programs begins at 7:00 PM
October 12 – The City of Minneapolis is offering a class for group that are interested in creating a cooperative. Sessions run October 12-December 7. Details here: http://webbercamden.org/2017/09/27/city-of-minneapolis-free-class-on-creating-a-cooperative/ To learn more about the history and present state of coops check this recent talk given by Tom Pierson at the Seward Coop –https://seward.coop/posts/1048
October 18 – The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) announces the Autumn Open House, 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the historic Crosby Mansion, 2105 First Avenue South. RSVP by Friday, October 14 at iatp.org/open-house. Speakers include IATP ED Juliette Major and Tara Ritter, Senior Program Association for Climate and Rural Communities. Free and open RSVP by 9/14. (https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/15ed34ccdaf2ec36 . IATP is also developing a robust distance learning component, including an informative podcast series on NAFTA(https://www.iatp.org/blog/201709/trade-ag-your-ears-our-new-podcast-uprooted) Take time to explore the many facets of IATP, a robust and timely resource essential in this world of global/corporate economic flux. (https://www.iatp.org/nafta-portal)
October 20 – Insurgent knowledges: Book talk with Damien Sojoyner and Sabrina Vaught. Sojoyner is the author of First Strike: Educational enclosures in Black Los Angeles (U of M 2017) and Vaught is the author of Compulsory: Education and the dispassion of youth in a prison school, U of M Press 2017,7:00 PM at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street in St. Paul. Details online.
October 21 – A Resister’s Handbook: A benefit performance for East Side Freedom Library. Xavier Morilla, described as “a labor leader, activist, podcaster, writer and storyteller” – not to mention President of SEIU Local 26. Working with Levi Weinhagen, Morilla has created the presentation in which Morilla will share his “wit and optimism” with ESFL supporters at a fundraiser event, 5:30-7:00 PM. A minimum tax-deductible gift of $25 is requested at the door.
November 2- ESFL will also co-sponsor a timely presentation, The Origins of the Radical Right and the Crisis of Our Democracy, a talk by Nancy MacLean, Professor History and Public Policy at Duke University. The event is sponsored by ESFL, ISAIAH-Minnesota and the U of MN History Department.7:00 PM at ESFL 1105 Greenbrier Street in St. Paul, 651 230 3294. http://eastsidefreedomlibrary.org
A recent study by the Pew Research Center reports on details of the digital divide. Data re the Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington area are above average, with plenty of room for improvement. Broadband access in households with income under $20K was 55.5% while 86.6% of 20K+ households enjoy broadband access.
The latest greatest fad at Eat My Words bookstore is Squibs. Squibs are short one-to-ten-page writing pieces – with or sans visuals – described by Squibs hosts as “mini-stories with a beginning, middle and end.” They can be about any topic that helps get the writer writing. To follow the EMW muse to a new life of squibbing, join a Squib writing session, Saturdays Noon-1:00 PM at EMW Bookstore, 214 13th Avenue NE (new location) 651 243 1756 or more at www.eatmywordsbooks.com.
Note to out-of-control bibliophiles: Help is at the ready: https://www.bustle.com/articles/183327-9-things-book-lovers-do-in-the-fall-because-autumn-is-the-perfect-season-for-reading
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As we plunge into the season’s political melee, it might be a good time to catch up on some basics of the democracy. Following are some tools to help us review and put in contemporary context some of the basics:
- This primer on the topic prepared by the U.S. Historical Office: https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/Direct_Election_Senators.htm
- Nation Needs First Amendment Refresher Course, A commentary by Edward Fitzpatrick published in the Roger Williams University Blog, 9/29/17
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* Quote from L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables