“This is the first instance we are aware of in which the removal of a mural by a white artist will have the simultaneous effect of silencing the work of a Black artist,” said Christopher Finan, coalition director, in a July 1 letter to Capilouto. “We urge you to reconsider your decision to remove the mural and to instead pursue the University’s original goal of engaging in the sustained, difficult and complex conversations that can arise in contemplation of these old and new works.” … [Read more...] about Award-winning author sues to stop removal of controversial Kentucky mural
Award winning essays
But this year, the 12th in which the award has been given, is entirely different. The Haus der Welt der Kulturen (HKW), together with the seven-member jury, decided not to honor a single book in this year marked by the coronavirus pandemic, but rather, all six titles on the shortlist. That means that there are 12 winners instead of 2, among whom the prize money of 36,000 euros will be divided. In the current precarious situation for many people working in the cultural field, the organizers wanted to honor the work and voices of many, rather than a single work. … [Read more...] about International Literature Award honors 6 books
One thing the musical does portray accurately — or more accurately, undersells — is Eliza’s fierce defense of Hamilton’s legacy and her philanthropic work in the years following his death. Eliza’s prolific research and compilation of her husband’s correspondence and library of essays and other published works became the foundation of nearly all future biographical research of Hamilton. The co-founder of the Orphan Asylum Society of the City of New York that still exists today (now known as the Graham Windham agency), Eliza also established New York’s Hamilton Free School, the first school in Washington Heights — the same neighborhood where Miranda grew up. … [Read more...] about Hamilton vs. history: Is the award-winning musical historically accurate?
L: WHERE TO BEGIN. I'm a sports fan, so I keep going back to the Washington NFL team, which is quite literally named after a Native slur. On Black Out Tuesday, they released their little statement saying that Black Lives Matter, but if they truly believed that Black lives matter, they should believe that Native lives matter, too. Which makes me think: How can you say BLM when your name is a slur? One doesn't match the other. … [Read more...] about Performative activism, MLK and the BET Awards: A look back at the week in race and culture
Mary Sprague, an English major from Ellicott City, serves as editor-in-chief of the student literary magazine Collegian and as copy editor for the student newspaper The Elm. Sprague's portfolio, Diorama, is a collection of short prose pieces most often about interpersonal relationships, sexuality, sexual assault and isolation. During an online ceremony held Friday, Sprague read pieces from her portfolio. … [Read more...] about Ellicott City Writer Wins Prestigious Literary Award