Columbia University Professor Alondra Nelson to Be Next President of the Social Science Research Council

This article about Professor Nelson is from Good Black News. Enjoy.


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Alondra Nelson, a professor of sociology and dean of social science at Columbia University in New York City, will be the next president of the Social Science Research Council. Founded in 1923, the Social Science Research Council is an independent, international, nonprofit organization which supports research and development of social scientists. Professor Nelson will serve a five-year term as president of the organization, beginning September 1.

Professor Nelson joined the faculty at Columbia University in 2009 after teaching at Yale University. She is the author of the award-winning book Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and a co-editor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (Rutgers University Press, 2012) and Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life (New…

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Professor Stanlie James

The Arizona State University’s (ASU) charter, “rightfully declares that we define ourselves by whom we include, rather than whom we exclude.” Professor Stanlie James, an African American female, is Vice Provost for inclusion and community engagement at Arizona State University where she has been an administrator and faculty member for the past decade, says the West Des Moines Register, Tuesday, September 27, 2016, edition.

I am highlighting Dr. Stanlie in today’s post because of her work with diversity and inclusion; themes that informed my work as a former teacher and currently as a writer.

The Special To The Register where I found the article on Professor James, states that, “Professor Stanlie James has taught about diversity and inclusion for many years, from Arizona to Senegal and Uganda.” As an administrator and faculty member, at ASU, she will help lead the community in how to further understand and tackle issues associated with race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexuality and other forms of diversity, by helping guide university leaders, faculty and organizations on sustaining and accelerating the university’s commitment to inclusion. “Stanley,” states ASU executive Vice President Mark Searle, “is the ideal candidate to help us advance both our mission and our responsibility to create and environment in which issues of diversity are turned from challenges into opportunities to build understanding.”

A fourth generation Iowan, daughter of a dentist and a teacher, James grew up in Des Moines, and attended elementary school through high school. The Register article states that her career in research and teaching has focused on gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class and oppression in the U.S. and Africa,as well as international women’s human rights.”

My thanks to Dr. James and the Special to Des Moines Register for this week’s post.


Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD)1//27/2017

The Multicultural children’s Book day (MCCBD) is almost here. This is a internet event that is dedicated to diverse children’s book. The day has a website visit it and look at the book reviews, books and authors who are a part of this day. My book review was for the book “Little Lek Longtail Learns to Sleep,” by Bette Killion, and Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal. I’ll be publishing it again on the 27th on my Facebook page. Please visit and leave comments.

Another, January 27, 2017 event is the “I’ll Make Me A World 2017” celebration of the Iowa African American Experience. It is an extremely successful event. The projection for attendance is 10,000. I’ve attended in the past and was happy I did. Food, music, theatre, vendors, exhibits, a special guest, etc. and historically relevant content.

Today is January 21, 2017, the second day of the new term for President Trump. The day, according to the news, has been filled with protests of his presidency. The protests today have taken the form of peaceful demonstrations by millions of people, marching throughout the US and the world. The Washington, D.C. march numbers surpassed the demonstration against the Vietnam War in the late sixties. There were demonstrations yesterday, the day of the inauguration, but all was not peaceful. A lot of anger in the world about the US choice.

I’ll miss the Obama administration.


Happy New Year – 2017

Today’s post is my first of the New Year. This year is not starting as I planned. I wanted to be looking ahead to a better year. Instead it is starting like it will be a year that the world continues to take and not give. Promises being made that are not kept with no explanation but a lot of I want. In my world, not being able to rid myself of people who do not have my best interest in mind. Who steal, who talk about harm being done, who do it in the guise of religion. See! Same old things. Okay! I’m over the idea that this is something other than the way the world is. How about you?

I completed reading “Tale of Two Cities” this morning after I took an early morning walk in sub-zero weather, windchill considered. The temperature, according to the weather on television was 6 degrees. Lot of people out at that dark time of the morning. Most of them in cars. I saw one other walker. I feel better, from the exercise.

I’ve got more things planned for today, before I go to sleep, so that and the fact that I don’t really have a lot I want to say, will keep this writing short.
I’m sad, no need to visit that on everyone who might read this blog. No readers last week.


Last Post of 2017

Habara gani! Kuumba, Habara Gani!

This post is the final one for mitchellworksweb for this year. Today is the 31st of December. Happy New Year!!! If you are reading this, you got through one more.

I’ve changed the featured image for the blog. I prefer the one that I had, but decided to try something new. The one that was there has been a part of my social media for several years. But I like the image of children reading, especially in a place that is not set aside for them to read. They are on the floor in the reading magazines.

The new image looks impressive doesn’t it? It’s the pin I received from Great Poets Across America, to celebrate National Poetry Month, and the publication of my poem in April of 2012. The poem, “If I Cry, Won’t You Hurt for Me?” is in the edited compilation entitled “Great Poets Across America, Brooke Alexander, Editor.

This past week grazali’s mediterranean cafe’, hosted a book signing again for me to sell and sign my children’s book, “A Birthday Story.” The publication of the book is an award for 2016. I have future signing dates coming up. One on Dr. King’s Birthday, January 16th, 2017 at Beaverdale Books. I think this is an acceptable way to spend this day of celebration. I hope the crowd is large, because others feel as I do about reading. I hope you are one of those too and will see me at Beaverdale’s if you are in Des Moines.



gazali’s Mediterranean Cafe is hosting a second book signing on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016, for my all occasion children’s book, “A Birthday Story”.
The signing will start at 5:00 p.m. and end at 7:00 p.m.

gazali’s, 1205 25th Street, Des Moines, Iowa. 1-515-309-9167 is the phone number for directions or to place an advance order for the gyro’s, fries, salads, bakalava and more.


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