February 2016

Read This: #OscarsSoWhite edition

February 23, 2016

Whether or not you are gearing up to watch the Oscars broadcast this weekend, you should take time this week to read some of A. Van Jordan’s poems on film from The Cineaste. The Academy of American Poets site has one on Old Boy, a movie I hope I will never have to watch again, and another on Un Chien Andalou, a film some students couldn’t believe I …

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Read This: Witchcraft Edition

February 16, 2016

A few weeks ago, the United States Preventive Services Task Force released new recommendations for screening women for postpartum depression and other mental health issues. Maybe it’s old news by now, but if you haven’t read about it, see this article. It’s important stuff. Then read this weird poem by John Greenleaf Whittier, “The Changeling,” based on the true story of a woman accused three …

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Read This, Not That!: Gridiron Edition

February 5, 2016

Maybe you’d like an excuse to eat delicious snacks this weekend, but you don’t need to watch or read about the Super Bowl. There are plenty of other things to do while you eat your queso dip. Dave Zirin has a wealth of “counter-programming” for you, including an interview with Oakland resident Davey D on the divide between Bay Area residents and football visitors and a podcast, …

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