“Almighty Dollar”

I was at an art exhibit in Chicago recently and these pieces from 1972 and 1973 caught my eye. Description: The pieces… “subvert the authority of the US dollar by swapping out its patriotic images and slogans for others they feel more accurately capture the American spirit: the national motto is replaced with “In Evil We Trust”, the Lincoln Memorial from the five-dollar bill barely visible under what is apparently a pile of excrement, and a bloated Nixon takes Ben Franklin’s Place.” Art as social commentary. Art is social commentary. Ubuntu, From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones Subscribe to My Notebook

Best of N.A.H. October 2017

On the 1st of each month, I share links to some of the best posts from my blog, Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian. Here are selected notes from October 2017. “Positive Vibes Only” “Positive Vibes Only” Identity Identity More notes from the archives can be found on The Best Of N.A.H. page. Ubuntu, From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones Subscribe to My Notebook

Social Justice Training Institute 2017

“The Social Justice Training Institute provides a forum for the professional and personal development of social justice educators and practitioners to enhance and refine their skills and competencies to create greater inclusion for all members of the campus community.” I am looking forward to increasing my own personal growth and professional development as a member of Cohort 38 of The Social Justice Training Institute this December. I’ll share my take-aways here or at Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian. Ubuntu, From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones Subscribe to My Notebook

Preparing Students for “The Real World”

“It’s impossible to know everything. Students need to develop tougher skin. They need to know that the real world isn’t going to cater to their need for “safe spaces.” We need to prepare them for the real world.” Working in higher ed, I often hear statements like these from people who are passively or actively engaged in denying their own complicity; whose need to feel good and self-assured about themselves outweighs the reality that they need to change. I have seen how this mindset can be used to minimize the reality of the impact of microaggressions and other acts of…

Ending Violence Through Radical Love: Notes from the 2017 A Call To Men Conference

I had an opportunity to attend the national A CALL TO MEN Conference in Minnesota this year. These are just a few notes I managed to jot down from the morning keynote talk by Dr. Beth Ritchie Director, Institute of Research on Race & Public Policy, University of Illinois – Chicago Intersectionality has to be the framework we’re using when addressing violence. We need an antiracist, queer positive, class informed community involved vision of what ending gender violence looks like. Shift the discussion about oppression and masculinity in a fuller way. We have to think beyond what we usually talk about….