Setting it Straight: Race and Racism, Minority Groups
Reaching back in time to discover and shine a light on events and peoples whose roles in shaping history may be unknown, misunderstood, or misrepresented.
October 21st, 2009
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Thirteen museums across the country have joined forces to start a nation-wide conversation about immigration, past and present, in a national program called "Face to Face: Immigration Then and Now."The program kicked off at the end of September in Chicago at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, said Bix Gabriel, director of communications for the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.Each...
September 17th, 2009
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Baseball, which became popular in the mid-1800s, is called America’s “national pastime.” But it is the lesser-known sport of lacrosse that lays claim as America’s first homegrown sport. In 1636, a Jesuit missionary, Jean de Brebeuf, wrote the first account of a lacrosse game played by members of the Huron tribe in Canada.By that time, the game already had taken deep cultural roots in Native...
July 6th, 2009
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With two popular candidates, a lame-duck incumbent, and an unpopular war as a backdrop, this year’s race for the Democratic presidential nomination feels like déjà vu all over again; an unwelcome flashback to the days leading up to the violent five-day battle during the Democratic Party’s 1968 national convention in Chicago.Though no one is expecting this year’s convention will result in the...
June 8th, 2009
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How exactly does a boy from a provincial, seafaring town become a world-renowned scientist, teacher and Nobel laureate? Perhaps through perpetual motion.Severo Ochoa de Alboronz was born in Luarca in the Northern Spanish province of Asturias on September 24, 1905. The youngest of Carmen de Alboronz and Severo Ochoa’s seven children was far from the mountains of his birth when his father’s death...