I’d like to share a great example of how to make media a part of the educational process. On March 10, MIT screened Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy (www.dianaandkathy.com) and I spoke alongside a member of the disability advocacy group The Arc of Massachusetts. The event was a collaborative effort between the Student Disability Services department and the Women & Gender Studies division. MIT wrote a brief article about the event for its Undergraduate Newsletter “The Inside Scoop”, which can be found here (look about ½ way down the page):
If you’re looking to get a glimpse into Persian culture, AsiaPacificFilms.com created a portal with 24 films which are introduced and contextualized by scholars, sponsored by the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute at the following website:
AsiaPacificFilms.com is in development to set up similar portals for Korea, Japan, and other countries in the near future. If you would like access to use these sites in your activities, please let me know. Note that all video content streams online only, no hard copies, but you’ll notice downloadable PDFs.
I am headed to the Popular Culture Association conference in Texas April 20-24. If you’re going, or interested in seeing if your material would fit into the conference, please let me know!
I will also be attending American Library Association in June in New Orleans, so let’s connect if you are also!
And just for the joy of sharing some history, a recent article from the American Library Association magazine…about the very first Black librarian in Florida. I hope to read her book soon: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/columns/newsmaker/christine-wigfall-morris-and-barbara-sorey
Separately from media, my first theater directing project that I’ve been helping to develop for 3 years has been programmed into the Illuminating Artists Series run by the Emerging Artists Theater in its One Woman Standing section. The show is called Flozetta and was created for actress Amelia Fowler. The writer, Nadine Graham, Amelia and I have been close friends for over a decade and we’re really proud of what we’ve made. I hope you can share it with us, though the theater only has 100 seats so I don’t expect everyone to fit! Still, if you have plans to be in the NYC area on Sunday, May 15 at 6:00pm – the link to buy tickets (which are $10) is: