Author Archives: jyourist

15th Amendment

Today is the anniversary of the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment in 1870, the amendment securing the right of black males to vote, though the word black is not mentioned in the amendment itself. During Reconstruction, the period right after … Continue reading

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Looney Tunes’ chase in the Louvre

Being chased by Elmer Fudd, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck escape into paintings in the Louvre Museum, from Looney Tunes: Back in Action 2003.

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From uniform to pulp/ Battlefield to workshop/ Warrior to artist

In the Lobby at Harris Theater last Friday, just before the theater was open for seating for the World Premier of My Lai, a table was set up displaying hand-made paper, some of which had been stencil-printed. It turns out … Continue reading

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My mother calls to tell me I have cancer

My 88 year old mother called me about 10:00 yesterday morning, from the assisted living facility she is in. xxx“Did you go to the doctor?” she said. xxx“For what I answered. My cold is over. No more xxxcoughing.” xxx“You know … Continue reading

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Once you land, there’s no turning back

Last night JB and I went to the World Premier of My Lai, a monodrama for tenor, string quartet, and Vietnamese instruments, composed by Jonathan Berger. The Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert (tenor), and Van-Anh Vanessa Vo (traditional Vietnamese musician) performed … Continue reading

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Rob Cantor

Every Friday at school we have activity period, a time when students can sign up for a wide range of activities sponsored by faculty and staff at school. For years now I have sponsored Short Films where the students and … Continue reading

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Foner or “ma hand”

Sometimes, for an 8th grader, late on a Thursday afternoon after a very long review of Reconstruction, drawing “ma hand” is a lot more compelling than reading Eric Foner.

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