Saturday, November 28, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
6th floor, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland Campus
October 26, 2009 - February 26, 2010 (during regular Library hours)
OPENING RECEPTION November 19, 5:30-6:30pm
Annual Exhibition of the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine
Curated by: David Carey, Jr. and Blanca Iris Santiago
Assisted by: Robert Atkinson, Reza Jalali, Victoria Chicon
In the whitest state in the nation, recent immigrants struggle between wanting to be visible and wanting to fade into the background. Whether by conscious decision or destiny, Maine is now home. This exhibition explores the triumphs and challenges of Mainers from such diverse paces as Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
For further information or to schedule a gallery talk, contact Susie Bock, firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-780-4269.
For directions: http://usm.maine.edu/discover/maps.html
Susie R. Bock
Head, Special Collections
Director, Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine
Library Liaison, Women and Gender Studies
University of Southern Maine Libraries
314 Forest Ave.
PO Box 9301
Portland, ME 04104-9301
Friday, November 13, 2009
Today I found a wonderful site by Cheryl Rainfield. She has lots of suggestions for picture books, by themes that make a difference for me right now:
- How to Feel Better: Coping & Working With Emotion
- Encouraging Creativity: Thinking Outside the Box
- Finding Friends: A Sense of Belonging
- Even Grouches Can Change: Looking Past Assumptions & Attitudes
- Pure Fun: Laughter & Joy
- Feeling Loved & Safe: Nurturance
- Being Yourself: Accepting & Believing In You
- Inner Strength: Strong Girls & Boys
- Fantasy & Magic: Let Your Imagination Soar
- Love of Words: Books Celebrating Books, Writing, & Language
- Bedtime Soothers: Night Time Doesn't Have to Be Scary
- Super Heroes: Feeling Strong Through Hero Identification
(x-posted w/Friends School blog)
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The New York times reported that the lack of Paid Sick Days in the U.S. may worsen the H1N1 pandemic. And the U.S. lags so far behind other industrialized countries (and other countries, period) it is clear that paid sick leave is considered a reasonable benefit for working families in the larger world. (Check out this pdf)
Senate President Libby Mitchell put forward an Act to Prevent H1N1, which would provide paid sick leave to a limited number of workers in Maine, while federally the Healthy Families Act lingers.
If you'd like to work on passing a paid sick leave law, contact the
Maine Women's Lobby They are also doing a story collection project:
Have you - or anyone you know - been affected by the H1N1 virus and had to go to work anyway? Or lost pay because you had to stay home?
Contact Charlotte at email@example.com or 207.622.0851
You can also provide your story online by answering a few questions.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
And Greater Good offers a more general resource for thinking about how to help kids learn forgiveness...
The Family Ambassador project helps to educate people about family diversity in Maine and witness the grief and sadness that families might be experiencing right now... they are looking for new families to join!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
It is probably through storytelling -- letting kids from all kinds of families talk about how this all feels. But where and how and with who? In some way, the worry that kids would talk about families and feelings at school is part of what fueled the Yes on 1 campaign. And yet, if they are not given space to share the multitude of experiences and feelings, how do we grow empathy, how do we banish internalized prejudices?
The Anti-defamation league has resources for teaching relatively young children about prejudice and discrimination. Honoring the reality and existence of discrimination helps all kids see themselves as part of history, part of social structure and part of a hopeful future.
Understanding Prejudice has a booklist coded by age -- the books about gender and family diversity are towards the bottom -- all create opportunities to open up conversations about social justice and our own experiences of isolation, stereotyping, etc. Although we missed "Ally week" the tools provided by GLSEN might still be useful to us; the concept of being an Ally is a very powerful one for creating cross-identity connections. They also offer a "Safe Space" kit.
Finally, for folks wanting to dig deeper, there are new resources emerging from the social pyschology literature about addressing "stereotype threat." That is, when we know that stereotypes exist, that prejudice is possible, that people might assume negative things about us because of our identity group, we behave in response to that possibility. An instance of discrimination doesn't have to happen to us personally for more generalized prejudice and discrimination to effect us. How might young people whose sexual identities are still emerging or who are questioning their sexual identity confront stereotype threat and how might they behave in response? (see this related teaching tolerance piece on the use of "good morning, girls and boys")
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I know many of us wonder how to best respond to the mean spirited Yes on 1 commercials that vilify families we live in or families we care about... here's one way (also, vote now - absentee ballots can now be requested online -- http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl and give money )
Please join us for a Play Date for Equality on Columbus Day, October 12.
The No on 1 / Protect Maine Equality campaign is hosting a Play Date for Equality for
families to show their support marriage equality. We have invited the media to show them the rich diversity of Maine families who support marriage equality. Maine
We will provide cider and cookies; you bring yourselves, toys/balls/frisbees for the park, and your kids, grandkids, nieces/nephews, neighbors, etc. We'd love to have older kids too who may have outgrown play dates but who want to show their support.It will not only be a fun afternoon, but an important one too. On that day we will be just 19 days from election day and showing the diversity of support for marriage equality is a critical part of our campaign.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend, by emailing or calling me. And bring all your friends!Thank you.
BetsyWhat: "Play Date for Equality"When: 1:00-3:00 pm on Columbus Day (Monday, October 12th)[rain date: 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 17th]Where: The playground at Deering Oaks Park in PortlandWho: All families who support marriage equality
Please pass this on far and wide, even if you cannot attend! Thank you.
Betsy SmithExecutive DirectorEqualityMaine207-939-7769 cell
Monday, October 5, 2009
THE ANDREWS LECTURE IN ETHICS AND EDUCATION
The News Hour with Jim Lehrer
The Divided Self: Money, God and Neighbor
Monday, October 5, 7 p.m., Chase Hall Lounge
Spending Beyond Our Means And Are We Screwed If We Don't?
Wednesday, October 7, 7 p.m., Chase Hall Lounge
IS Money The Root Of All Evil?
Sponsored by the Multifaith Chaplaincy and the Department of Economics
-- The Rev. Bill Blaine-Wallace, Ph.D. Multifaith Chaplain Bates College 161 Wood Street Lewiston, ME. firstname.lastname@example.org 207.753.6906 Fax: 207.786.8282 "A mosaic is a conversation between what is broken." Terry Tempest Williams
Friday, October 2, 2009
All are invited...
MORE INFO: http://home.bates.edu/views/2009/09/29/food-inc/
Stonyfield Farm chairman to speak at Bates screening of 'Food, Inc.'
Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Olin Arts Concert Hall
A Bates College screening of the food-industry exposé Food, Inc. will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the director of Bates Dining Services and with Gary Hirshberg P'13, head of organic yogurt producer Stonyfield Farm.
The screening begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in Olin Arts Concert Hall, 75 Russell St. The film is 90 minutes long.
Hirshberg appears in the film, which scrutinizes the food we eat and how it is produced. He'll be joined in the Bates event by college Dining Services Director Christine Schwartz. The event is open to the public at no cost. For more information, please call 207-786-6476.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009