Archive for February, 2012

“Fear of Being Useful”: A Defence of the Arts and Humanities

This morning I read “Fear of being Useful” an article by Paul Jay and Gerald Graff, published in Inside Higher Ed on 05 January 2012. The article defends the arts and humanities in the current global economic situation. The authors highlight the merits that an arts and humanities education can have in the work place. […]

Happy 68th Birthday to Alice Walker!

Alice Walker, African American poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, teacher, activist, womanist, editor, publisher and anthologist, celebrates her 68th birthday today. In honour of this, here are a list of inspirational quotes from one of the most important writers in America: “People do not wish to appear foolish; to avoid the appearance of foolishness, […]

A Complaint Against the Journalism of Kevin Myers

I have posted below, the letter which I emailed to the Irish Independent regarding the journalism of Kevin Myers. If you wish to lodge a similar complaint please feel free to copy and paste my letter or use it as a template to draft your own version. I sent my letter to on the […]

Black History Month, 2012: Online Resources

Since 1976 Black History Month has been celebrated in February, an expansion of a week long celebration that began in 1926. This years theme “Black Women in American Culture and History” aims to highlight the important roles played by women in African American culture and history. The month-long celebration is observed through lectures, exhibitions and other events […]