Friday, May 31, 2013

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. 100 15th Street, SW

2013 Monna and Otto Weinmann Annual Lecture

“Jewish-Christian Dialogue in the Postwar Era: The American Distinction”

Dr. Susannah Heschel
Monday, June 10, 7–8:30 p.m.

Dr. Susannah Heschel is the Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College.
In her lecture, Dr. Heschel will examine the efforts of Jewish and Christian historians and theologians to create a dialogue between the faiths in the second half of the 20th century. She will contrast the situation in Europe, where Christian theologians led the religious dialogue, with that of the United States, where their Jewish counterparts championed a new affirmation of the faith of the other. As the Holocaust loomed as an insistent break in past polemics, their pioneering efforts led to an emerging recognition that interfaith may be as important as faith itself.

Dr. Heschel is a specialist on the subject of Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of biblical scholarship, and the history of antisemitism. She is the author of The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (2010) and Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus (1998), which won the National Jewish Book Award, as well as the editor of Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust (with Robert P. Ericksen, 1999). She has served as a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Academic Committee (1999–2008) and is a current member of its Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust.
A reception follows the lecture. RSVP here.
The Monna and Otto Weinmann Annual Lecture honors Holocaust survivors and their fates, experiences, and accomplishments. Monna Steinbach Weinmann (1906–1991), born in Poland and raised in Austria, fled to England in autumn 1938. Otto Weinmann (1903–1993), born in Vienna and raised in Czechoslovakia, served in the Czechoslovak, French, and British armies; was wounded at Normandy; and received the Croix de Guerre for his valiant contributions during the war. Monna Steinbach and Otto Weinmann married in London in 1941 and emigrated to the United States in 1948.

This annual lecture has been made possible by Janice Weinman Shorenstein.

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We proudly share that E. Ethelbert Miller's memoir,  Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writeris the fourth title to join  Miller's collection of titles published by Black Classic Press. Fathering Wordswas selected by DC WE READ in 2003 for the "One Book, One City" program sponsored by the District of Columbia Public Libraries.
From the cover:
Moving beyond the loss of both his father and his brother,
E. Ethelbert Miller tells the story of how love survived in his family. When Miller was about ten years old, his father told him how he considered leaving his mother. years later, now a writer and a father, Miller looks back on that simple remark and how it shaped him. In Fathering Words, Miller explores his development as an African American writer, the responsibility of his chosen career, and his ambitions to raise the consciousness of Black people.
"Ethelbert Miller brings an accomplished poet's stunning language to this important memoir,and no one writes more eloquently about the lives--the triumphs and dilemmas--of black American men than he does."
Charles Johnson, author of Middle Passage
  E. Ethelbert Miller  
Photo credit: Farrah Hassen  

About E. Ethelbert Miller
E. Ethelbert Miller, a literary activist, was born in 1950 and grew-up in the South Bronx. A graduate of Howard University, he was one of the first students to major in African American Studies. Today he is the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank located in Washington, D.C. Miller is also the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, a position he has held since 1974. He is the author of several collections of poetry and The 5th Inning, his second memoir.  

In addition to having days proclaimed in his name in Washington, DC and Jackson, Tennessee, Miller has been awarded the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, the O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize, and the Stephen Henderson Poetry Award. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate of literature from Emory & Henry College.  
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Be sure to include the name of your institution, course title, and typical class size.
Black Classic Press was founded in 1978 by W. Paul Coates and specializes in publishing popular and academic works by and about people of African descent. The press currently has more than 100 titles in print and publishes six titles annually. Among the press's authors are Walter Mosley, Amiri Baraka, E. Ethelbert Miller, as well as Dorothy Porter, John Henrik Clarke, George L. Jackson, and Bobby Seale. BCP titles are available from leading bookstores and directly from the press. 




For only $200/month, I have a beautiful-light filled studio at the Franciscan Monastery in NE Washington, DC available for a writer, who needs a quiet undisturbed setting to work on their writing.  The monastery is on 45 acres of beautiful gardens and woods.  

Since I work Monday - Thursday, I can only be thereFriday - Sunday.  It  is available for a writer Monday-Friday

This studio has been a gift to my own productivity as an artist.  It is a shame for it to sit empty for four days per week.  Please send this information on to writers or composers that may be struggling with finding a quiet place to focus.

Contact information is Lynda @ 703.201.4443

I hope that you can visit me sometime in this beautiful setting.

Lynda Smith-Bugge

Friday, May 31 at 6:30pm 
Temple University Performing Arts Center
1837 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19121
Honorary Chair  
Sister Sonia Sanchez 

This year's Lifetime Achievement Awards, Beautiful Without Permission, is the culmination of our yearlong celebration of the artistic achievements of Black women. This year we will honor three dynamic women whose bodies of work have elevated our community through playwriting, poetry, music and journalism. Join us as we pay tribute to inimitable author, poet and playwright Ntozake Shange, legendary songwriter and one half of the beloved duo Ashford & Simpson, recording artist and songwriter/producer Valerie Simpson and veteran journalist Annette John-Hall. The inaugural 2013 Lorene Cary Service Award recipient is long time Art Sanctuary volunteer Kai Bey. This spectacular event will be capped off by a performance from soul singer LaTosha Brown backed by Philly's own Urban Guerilla Orchestra. Hosted by radio personality Dyana Williams

Doors open at 5:30pm  

Cost: Adults: $28 - $78; Children 17 and under: $13; Discount for groups of 10 or more: 20% off (Ticket price includes $3 facility fee)

Note: Limited tickets will be available for purchase the day of the event at Temple Performing Arts Center.

PURCHASE TICKETS: in-person at The Liacouras Center, 1776 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121, call (800)298.4200, or online

Author, Poet, Playwright: Ntozake Shange
Journalist: Annette John-Hall
Legendary Songwriter: Valerie Simpson
Soul Singer: LaTosha Brown
Hosted by Dyana Williams

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Thank you, Gail Collins
05/29/2013 10:46 AM EDT

Poets Mark Doty and Sally Keith will celebrate the birthday of American poet Walt Whitman by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing. This event is free and open to the public, and will feature a display from the Library's collections. Book sales and signing will follow. Co-sponsored by the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress.

Date: Friday, May 31 at 12:00 Noon
Location: Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5394
God is not the author of confusion.

   - Corinthians 14:33

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


I received this information from my son today. Please share with others. Thanks.

Nyere Miller
Coordinator of Athletics
Salem Community College
460 Hollywood Avenue
Carneys Point, NJ 08069
Phone: (856)-351-2226
             (856) 351-2693
Fax:      (856)-351-2690

New Requisition: ADM-13-00009 - Head Women's Soccer Coach

  • Recruit talented and committed student-athletes both in and out of Salem County, NJ

  • Organize and administer daily conditioning and sport specific training

  • Oversee student-athlete behavior/conduct and academic eligibility

  • Assist in decision making, purchasing, disbursement and return of all equipment, uniforms, etc. assigned to student-athletes

  • select and supervise assistant coaches

  • Ensure compliance with all regulations, rules, procedures and policies for the program as established by the NJCAA, REgion XIX, GSAC, and Salem Community College

  • Manage travel, meal, and lodging arrangements as needed

  • Organize and administer fund raising as needed

  • Serve as a positive role model for student-athletes

  • Drive team vans to away games

  • Assist student-athletes in transition to the next level of competition and education at four-year institutions

  • Maintain regular contact with the Coordinator of Athletics during the full-term of the contract, including the off season

  • Report to and work with the Coordinator of Athletics in all aspects of responsibilities
To access more information about this position, please advance to and use the search feature to find the position.


The White House, Washington
Good morning --

On Sunday, I was in Moore, Oklahoma. Today, I'm headed to the Jersey Shore. Those two communities are separated by half a continent but united by a common sense of purpose. Like Joplin, Tuscaloosa, and New Orleans, they are home to people who've seen nature at its worst and humanity at its best. And they're filled with those who have made the choice to rebuild after disaster, to come back stronger than ever.

The scene on the ground this weekend was one we all know too well: homes wrecked and neighborhoods devastated. But the memories I'll take away from Moore will be of people standing tall, of neighbor helping neighbor, of survivors working to ensure that no one suffers through tragedy alone. And that too, was strikingly familiar. I could have been back in Brigantine Beach after Hurricane Sandy. I could have been in Joplin in 2011.

It's because of those past experiences in places like New Jersey and Missouri that I have faith that Moore will emerge from the wreckage of this tornado stronger than ever. And that's in part because I know that they won't undertake the road to recovery alone. This was a national tragedy, and that demands a national response.

If you want to help, the best way to support those affected by this storm is to make a financial contribution to the voluntary organization of your choice. The best way to volunteer is to affiliate with an organization that is already providing support to survivors.

We've set up a page to help steer you in the right direction. Check it out to get started:

Thank you,

President Barack Obama



Here is an  unedited excerpt from the presentation I made at the American Literature Association on May 24th.

The title of my paper was "Creating the E-Channel: Helping the World to Embrace the World of Charles Johnson."

How was it started?

It started in my kitchen and was an outgrowth of a conversation I was having with my wife about Oprah Winfrey's new television network. I had been reading an article in The New York Times in which Oprah was presented as a type of curator who was giving people she knew an outlet or show on her channel. I found the idea of sponsoring a "channel" interesting. It was my wife who first mentioned the name Charles Johnson. Johnson was an obvious choice since I was regularly receiving numerous emails from him on a daily basis. Charles being in Seattle and I being in DC really worked well in corresponding because of the time zones and the fact that I worked mostly in the early morning hours. It helped that Charles was retired as well as having an interest and opinions on a variety of topics. What I attempted to do was not only "map" the mind of Charles Johnson but also conduct what I define as "deep tissue massage." This meant going over various critical texts already written and "touching" them again for new questions. Three key books used in this process were:

Charles Johnson In Context by Linda Selzer.

Passing th Three Gates: Interviews with Charles Johnson edited by Jim McWilliams.

I Call Myself An Artist: Writings by and about Charles Johnson edited by Rudolph P. Byrd. 

Link to E-Channel: 



I'm using today to catch my breath now that the Memorial holiday is over and June is peeking around the corner. The E-Channel discussion at the ALA Conference last week in Boston went well.

Before going to any of the ALA sessions I walked across the street from The Westin Copley Place and took pictures of the Boston Marathon Memorial.


On one of the ALA information tables I saw a few items of interest. Nothing like a table full of handouts.

1. Contemporary African American Literature edited by Lovalerie King and Shirley Moody-Turner
   A book published by iupress. Access their website:

2. Call for essays for the Saul Bellow Journal Special Issue. The guest editors are Allan Chavkin  
     and Nancy Feyl Chavkin. Deadline is September 1, 2013. Send work to:

3. Dividing Lines: Class Anxiety and Postbellum Black Fiction by Andrea N. Williams
   The University Of Michigan Press:

4. Archives of the Black Atlantic: Reading Between Literature and History by Wendy W. Walters.

5. Race, Gender and Empire in American Detective Fiction by John Cullen Gruesser
   McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers:

6. Deadline Extended. Call for Papers: American Women Writers of Color Conference
    November 1- November 3, 2013, Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel, Ocean City, MD.
    Keynote speaker: Daphne Brooks
    Conference information:

7. Freedom's Witness: The Civil War Correspondence of Henry McNeal Turner
    edited by Jean Lee Cole.  West Virginia University Press:

8. Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Right
   by Robin Bernstein.

Good news from the writer Andras Gerevich

Dear Ethelbert,

Your poems in my translation, used on your visit to Budapest, have now been published in the very fine Hungarian literary monthly journal called "2000". I asked Erika and Moni at the Embassy to send you a copy ...



Monday, May 27, 2013


Treve de blues
  Leon Damas

Compassion is my art
  Grace A. Ali

God makes stars. It's up to producers to find them
  Samuel Goldwyn


While in Budapest (February 2013) I met Todd Williams. What a wonderful person. I felt we had known each other for years. This guy will keep you laughing for days. He will also make you think. No way I wasn't going to stay in touch with him once I returned to the US. What follows is a short interview.

Where were you when Obama was elected president the first time? What was the mood in Hungary?

I was in Hungary, Budapest to be exact, when Obama was first elected. I remember at the time that one of my colleagues gave me a flier urging me to vote for Obama. It seemed as if it was a kind of proxy vote for her, meaning since she couldn't vote for Obama directly, she could somehow feel as if she voted for him if she could get a friend who was American to vote for him. I think, overall, there was a sense of hope, a sense of change. The people that I know in Hungary wanted to get rid of Bush as much as I did. In fact, I would say the mood was quite similar to that of the United States. One thing you have to remember is that Europeans are aware of the politics in the United States. Unlike American media, European media overall covers other countries, including the United States. But another thing that must be kept in mind is that the United States exports its culture; it exports its stories, its history, its current affairs. People in Europe watch a great number of American movies and TV series and often, they know the cultural aspects of America just as any American would. People know New York through Woody Allen movies and Friends just like people in California who've never been to New York. And I think this is the reason that people were so caught up in the election; they had lived through the eight years of Bush just as Americans had.

But that's just one side. On another side, there was the clear understanding that with the election of Bush, America had taken a turn for the worst. Since people in Europe consume American culture in the same way that Americans do, they also pick up the beliefs that are propagated throughout American media. The belief that the United States is a true democracy, the belief that America is "free", the belief that Americans, as a people, are inherently decent and good. This is coupled with the understandable expectation that politicians, statesmen, have some sort of qualification, i.e., are intelligent enough, to be the head of state. I think Europeans felt that Bush violated these expectations in every way imaginable. In particular, Europeans were rather suspect of Bush's intelligence. After the regime change in Hungary in 1989-1990, the first prime minister was a history professor which is a far cry from Bush in their eyes. It appears as if Europeans believed the story that America was the light of the world and with the coming of Bush, that light had dimmed. I think what Europeans wanted to see in Obama was a return to civilized, reasonable government in the United States.

And, after the election, it took a while for Europeans, and here I'm talking about Hungary but I presume there was a similar mood in the rest of Europe, to get over the euphoria and recognize the shortcomings of Obama. Here, like in the United States, people simply didn't want to stop believing. Nobody wants to believe that the shining light of the world is going out so they hold on tightly to the image. In 2012, there was no such euphoria and I think people are much shrewder in their critique of Obama now. On a personal note, I had very little illusions about Obama since I had had a tipoff that some of the financial people from Bush's administration would stay in Obama's administration. It was fairly obvious that Obama was not going to represent the change that everyone expected.

Does the concept of being post-racial make any sense to you as a black man living in Hungary?

I had to look up what "post-racial" meant, and when I did, I had to chuckle. It's obviously ludicrous to suggest that with the election of Obama, race as an issue in the United States has disappeared. Individuals who were racist before Obama was elected weren't going to suddenly stop being racist after he was elected. But perhaps that's not what is meant by "post-racial". Perhaps what is meant is that, because a black man was elected president, then the racial barriers, at least in institutions, that had previously hindered African Americans (and presumably Latinos, Asians and Native Americans as well), had come down. So, presumably, "post-racial" means that opportunities that were previously unavailable to minorities in the United States are now available. Again, it's ludicrous to suggest this. And I think everybody knows it. Whoever suggested it, although I was unable to find the exact reference of the article that started the whole thing in 2008, succeeding in being a hot potato issue for a hot minute. Nothing more, because people know the reality. In fact, I can't even believe people gave this issue any traction at all.

I didn't feel a sense of post-racial when I recently had to go to the American Embassy in Budapest to have a notary sign a document. While there, I felt an overwhelming sense of being in the “Land of the Watched” rather than the “Land of the Free.” And I don't know where this feeling came from, that's the strange part. Perhaps it was the tank barriers and the high and heavily-guarded perimeter that is set up around the embassy building that made me feel uneasy. Or maybe it was the fact that the guards directed me towards the line for those seeking visas rather than towards the Services for Citizens line. I can't help wondering why those guards didn't think I was American (though of course I know). Or perhaps it's the knowledge of how we always say one thing and mean another in the States, that kind of double speak we have, and being in that heavily-fortified building trying to have a harmless service done simply brought that feeling to the fore. I don't know, but as I sat there talking to a Hungarian woman who had decided to come back to Hungary after having lived in North Carolina for 7 odd years, I wanted to exercise my right to freedom of speech – and found I couldn't. I just felt like I was being watched and that, if I were to say anything untoward, they'd (who, exactly?) haul me in. When I had to raise my right hand and swear, I asked the vice-consul/notary (as I wondered if he thought his job was crappy having to be reduced to being a notary) where the Bible was. He said that's only in the movies. Perhaps I have watched too many movies.

So, does the concept of being post-racial make any sense to me as a black man living in Hungary? No. “Post-racial” is an exclusively American concept that simply wouldn't apply in Europe (I doubt even in Britain), or anywhere else for that matter. One can see simply by observation that racism and discrimination vary across the world; these issues manifest themselves differently in different contexts and historical backgrounds. Enslaved Africans did not have a large presence in continental Europe; most of Europe's slaves were in the colonies. Because of this, most of the nonwhite population who came to Europe came after World War II (when colonies worldwide began to be independent) and were immigrants in some form (including refugees). Hence, racism against peoples of African descent takes on a different form in Europe as a whole, and in Hungary in particular. The black population of Hungary is rather small and so widespread discrimination of blacks, as it's understood in the United States, is really a nonstarter since there aren't very many people of African descent in Hungary. I would say the concerns of people of African descent in Hungary are more about immigration policies than they are about institutional biases. I'm not saying that immigration policies are not influenced by racist notions; I'm just saying the source is different and, therefore, the context is different.

What do you like about Budapest?

I like many things about Budapest, but one of the things I like the best about Budapest is the sense of freedom. And by freedom, I don't mean the abstract concept of "freedom" that exists in the United States; I mean freedom from the barrage of fear-mongering newscasts; freedom from the barrage of ads urging me to buy, buy, buy; freedom from the blanket of fear that seems to cover everything in the United States; freedom to walk down the street with a beer in my hand and not in a brown paper bag; freedom from waiters who drop the bill on the table before you're done eating and then tell you "oh, don't worry about it" when both you and they know you should worry about it; freedom from dependence on cars; freedom from crappy French's mustard.

I also like the sense of community in Budapest. The center of the city is rather small so walking is not a problem. There are also a great number of public spaces for people to meet and mingle. This is something I miss when I go back to the United States. Here in Budapest, any time I walk anywhere I run into someone I know and often we sit down and have a coffee or a beer, catch up on old times. Metros, trams, trolley buses, buses, reasonable taxi prices, get anywhere easily and cheaply without a car. I love this. 24-hour nonstop grocery stores that are walkable; artisans (cobblers (have you ever used this word in a real context?), seamstresses, tailors, leather workers, metal workers, and the list goes on) in every neighborhood; art spaces and art collectives everywhere for artists to exhibit without the need for sponsorship; it's very much about the community in Budapest. 

Bio Note: Todd Williams is an African-American living in Budapest. For the past 21 years, he has provided entertainment in some form or other to the people of Budapest and the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. When you ask him what he does, he says, "I live and learn."

Tricycle Daily Dharma May 27, 2013

In the World

Meditation is not just a rest or retreat from the turmoil of the stream or the impurity of the world. It is a way of being the stream, so that one can be at home in both the white water and the eddies. Meditation may take one out of the world, but it also puts one totally into it.
- Gary Snyder, "Just One Breath"

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Daily Buddhist Wisdom

When other beings, especially those who hold a grudge against you, abuse and harm you out of envy, you should not abandon them, but hold them as objects of your greatest compassion and take care of them.
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Dark, dark my light, and darker my desire.   
My soul, like some heat-maddened summer fly,   
Keeps buzzing at the sill. Which I is I?
A fallen man, I climb out of my fear.   
The mind enters itself, and God the mind,   
And one is One, free in the tearing wind.

- Theodore Roethke


MILES!  Please share this with friends and lovers.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Reading a new book of poems by A.L.Nielsen. The title is: A BRAND NEW BEGGAR.
A Steerage Press publication.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


In the absence of God some of us do bad things. We also use God's name to cover our crimes. Yes, God is great and man needs to learn something from him. Why are people passionate about their faith and filled with so much hatred? Why do we confuse political problems with religious ones?
Is it a sin to love?  I'm just confused by what took place in England. Do we all have blood on our hands?  I think not. Good people are working everyday to make this world a better place. When God comes back home he is going to tell us to take out the trash. I hope our souls are not hidden somewhere beneath the garbage.

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News and events from the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
New Online Catalog and Expanded Hours Are Here!
Students in Library
Researchers from Union College visit HSW to research topics on D.C. history
Library Open by Appointment
Monday - Thursday Starting June 3

Starting June 3, the Kiplinger Research Library will be open Monday through Thursday by appointment. Researchers may search the Society's collections using our new library catalog! The online system is a work in progress and we appreciate all feedback from our patrons as we work to improve the catalog.

HSW members will also be able to take advantage of Saturday research days on June 15, July 13, and August 17. Additional days will be announced throughout the summer.
Upcoming Programs
Summer Urban Photography Series
The Historical Society has over 100,000 photographs that illustrate the history of Washington. Many of these collections, such as those taken by John Wymer, Emil Press, William Barrett, and Garnet Jex, capture D.C. neighborhoods block-by-block and document changes in the city's built environment over many decades.
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Photograph from the Jex Collection
Produced in partnership with Cultural Tourism DC, Washington Walks, and FotoDC, the Historical Society will hold two photography workshops and walking tours in each of the city's eight wards to help capture neighborhoods throughout the city. Selected photographs will then be featured online and could even be added to the Society's own collections. Learn more!
Registration information will be available soon. HSW members will receive an email on how to register ahead of the general public.
This series is sponsored in part by:

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please email Adam Lewis or call 202-249-3952. 
Student and Community Workshops
SEED Students Looking at Map
SEED Public Charter School students research their neighborhoods in Ward 7
The Society welcomes community groups, high school classes, and university students to visit the Society to learn about Washington and experience a hands-on approach to historical research. These interactive orientations teach universally applicable research skills to encourage life-long learning.
Most visits begin with a docent-lead tour of our current exhibition, Window to Washington. Beyond simply viewing the exhibitions, individuals also have the opportunity to explore materials from the Society's special collections. Schedule a visit
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