Blood Ties and Family History: a road trip to rural Ohio in March 2011

November 7, 2018

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This is a journal entry from Adrienne Redd and Greg Gettum’s visit to Mary Jane and Bill Mauger in March 2011 (it was originally written as a letter to Dalea Redd Reichgott and Marianna Lee Hill Redd). My mother’s father was a Hill and one of five boys – and one girl born to my […]

What the Listening Canvass of Southeastern Pennsylvania Taught us about Knocking on the Doors of Strangers

October 15, 2018

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I feel tenderness and empathy towards folks who speak candidly about their fear of encountering strangers if they were to knock on doors to ask voters to support a given candidate or party. Allow me, however, to say how positive my experience has been, particularly starting in late winter of 2017 when Melissa Visintin, a […]

The Life and Times of Richard Redd: The Scrapbook Show

October 26, 2017

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The final art exhibit of Richard Redd in which we return the art to the community and the universe.

Do White Americans have a “Great Death”?

May 7, 2016

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Nearly every suppressed or dominated ethnic group has a “Great Death.” By this I mean a catastrophic loss of more than human lives. This expression comes (in translation) from the Yup’ik Eskimos and refers to their “Great Death,” which the term that Eskimos use to refer to the aftermath of diphtheria, influenza and disease that […]

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The Broken Contract by George Packer

January 13, 2016

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This essay ran in Foreign Affairs in November/December 2011. At that time, I was recovering, but still shell-shocked by writing a dissertation, having a baby, (teaching full-time through all of that) and never taking a breather. Autumn of 2011, I was teaching two early morning sections of Introduction to Sociology at Drexel University – with […]

Remembrance of the Fassetts, Great Aunt Mert and Yellow Tomato Preserves

September 13, 2015

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Remembrance of the Fassetts, Great Aunt Mert and Yellow Tomato Preserves On Saturday morning November 7, 2015 we blanched and cooked up red, yellow (and a few green) small tomatoes from the garden. (I had been freezing them all summer and autumn long). According to our father, Richard Redd, It was Aunt Mert, the fraternal twin of our (my sister’s, brother’s and my) great […]

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Explaining Inequality: self-hatred of the poor, stagnation and what became of Occupy? Whence from here?

September 3, 2015

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I started my day today by encountering Marc Stier’s Facebook post asking why there has not been a populist rebellion (well, Marc, the Occupy movement was something of an uprising and was summarily squashed) while real income has been stagnant for decades. (The point of Mr. Stier’s post was that technological advancement may mask the […]

Posted in: inequality, Occupy, poverty