July 2010

July 30th, 2010
Written by Eileen Hodges in The Welcoming Table with 0 Comments
detail of a chair
I didn’t expect to dine with strangers. The restaurant where it happened has the best desserts in town as well as terrific southern food. The crab cakes are spicy, and I love this weird booth right in the center of the restaurant. There is a common column and then four tables around it with an upholstered bench, then four sets of chairs. No one at any of the tables can see each other, which was...
July 29th, 2010
Written by Jamie Greco in Common Ties That Bind with 0 Comments
Christine Shunko standing in front of her home
As the sixties gave way to the seventies on the south side of Chicago, 11-year-old Christine Shunko was receiving mixed messages about racial relationships. At school, her sixth grade teacher chose to give her students an object lesson on the dangers of judgment based on skin color by asking all the children in Chris’s class to come together and stretch their arms into a circle. “If you pay close...
July 28th, 2010
Written by Ann Marina in Feature Stories with 0 Comments
musician performing at the Fete de la Musique, New York.
On June 21 each year, the entire city of New York pulsates with free musical events in hundreds of public spaces.“Make Music New York” is one of the “Fete de la Musique” summer festivals that originated in France, and since its inception in 1982, this annual event has expanded to over 100 countries.  “People bring out their instruments and perform all over the city,” said Herve Salters, Paris-...
July 27th, 2010
Written by Sticky Wicket in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
President Barack Obama standing at a podium
Dear Sticky Wicket,Many of my friends are apolitical. How can I get my friends to take an active role in politics? Why are so many ethnic minorities turned off by politics? Have things changed in the age of Obama?Political apathy is not just a problem confined to ethnic minorities according to Masood Ashraf Raja, an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Texas. He...
July 26th, 2010
Written by Jake Singleton in Our Daily Walk with 1 Comment
An Asian, Caucasian, and African-American walk into a Salsa class. Of the three, one is the instructor. Which one? However, before you guess, here’s a little background about the three dancers. All three are male, in their mid-20s or early 30s. The Asian lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia until he moved to Austin, Texas with his mother and father when he was 14. In high school, he was a swimmer and...