Posts tagged “howard zinn”
February 24, 2014
This year the Howard Zinn Bookfair awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to “three great Bay Area literary treasures.” Among them was Seven Stories’ very own Peter Plate.
Named a Literary Laureate of San Francisco in 2004, Plate taught himself to write fiction during eight years spent squatting in abandoned buildings. He is the author of many novels, beginning with Black Wheel of Anger (1990) and continuing through his seven neo-noir “psychic histories” of San Francisco, where he still lives and writes today.
October 17, 2013
It is Triangle Square’s mission to combine social justice and good storytelling and share with a reading audience of young adults and children. With our Young People’s series, we have put important books about history, society, and science in the hands of young readers who will grow to shape our world.
But what is it like adapting these adult books, with what people often regard as adult ideas and themes, for a young audience? And what was it like working with the late-greats such as Ronald Takaki? We asked Rebecca Stefoff to fill us in:
“The most challenging part of adapting texts for young readers is deciding what to take out and what to put in. Because the YA version is shorter than the parent book, I must cut some material. Cuts can range from a sentence to a whole chapter, but I have to be careful to preserve all of the key points, along with the evidence that supports them.
August 7, 2013
Seven Stories Press recently received a letter from a man named Luis Rodriguez who is incarcerated
in a prison in Pennsylvania. Mr. Rodriguez had requested a copy of Howard Zinn’s Terrorism and War, and Terrorism: Theirs and Ours and wrote back, voicing his experience behind bars and how these two books fit into his daily life as a prisoner:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As a Muslim American in prison for the first time in my life I [have] been through a lot of official oppression and discrimination for not only being Spanish but also a Muslim, and all this that many people don’t care about in society. I am only 30 years of age. I was a bright child like a star in the sky. My goal was to become a lawyer, to have a good wife and children, a house, and car. But life didn’t turn out that way.
July 22, 2013
In recently discovered emails from 2010, Mitch Daniels, former Governor of Indiana and current president of Purdue University, seeks to ban all works of the late Howard Zinn from k-12 classrooms in Indiana. Daniels wrote:
“This terrible anti-American finally passed away. The obits and commentaries mentioned that his book “A People’s History of the United States” is “the textbook of choice in high schools and colleges around the country.” It is a truly execrable, anti-factual piece of disinformation that misstates American history on every page. Can someone assure me that it is not in use anywhere in Indiana? If it is, how do we get rid of it before any more young people are force-fed a totally false version of our history?”
Daniels emails has provoked academic circles around the nation, In response to Daniels’ email, Cary Nelson, English professor from the University of Illinois, who served as president of the American Association of University Professors for six years, told the Associate Press:
“It is astonishing and shocking that such a person is now the head of a major research university, making decisions about the curriculum, that one painfully suspects embodies the same ignorance and racism these comments embody.”
In response to the AP story, Daniels wrote in his email “In fact, the question I asked on one day in 2010 had nothing to do with higher education at all.
April 11, 2013
Seven Stories Press recently received a letter from a man named Anthony Oliver who is incarcerated in a prison in Pennsylvania. Mr. Oliver had requested a copy of Howard Zinn’s Terrorism and War. Though Mr. Oliver had not yet read the copy we sent when he wrote back, he had previously read Seven Stories’ Israel/Palestine: How to End the War of 1948, and offered these thoughts in his letter:
Wars, a recession, and the dissatisfaction with government are signs that those entrusted to run government are out of touch with those who elected them to run it, and brings to mind the old adage “power corrupts…” I also remember a most quotable line from a favorite movie I first saw as a teenager–Star Wars. Princess Leia, when she was captured, had stared defiantly at her subduers, and, unflinching, proclaimed, “The more you tighten your grip, the more [systems] just slip through your fingers.” I believe this quite apropos in the case of the UN vote on 29 November, 2012, recognizing Palestine as a state.
February 14, 2012“'Change always, always comes from the bottom up.' [It’s up to anyone] 'at the bottom to agitate and demand what is due to them.'”
January 30, 2012"Howard's remarkable life and work are summarised best in his own words. His primary concern, he explained, was 'the countless small actions of unknown people' that lie at the roots of 'those great moments' that enter the historical record." -- Noam Chomsky
December 8, 2011
Congrats to the Zinn Education Project for a successful fundraiser and display at the National Council for Social Studies, both of which featured copies of Zinn on War, Zinn on Race, and Zinn on History donated by SSP!
The Zinn Education Project seeks to promote the use of Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States in classrooms in order to provide an alternative approach to history classes. Zinn’s books allow for a more complex and encompassing view of US history, particularly by focusing on workers, women, people of color, and social movements. Click here to learn more about the project!
Also, for you Spanish-speakers out there, make sure to pick up a copy of La otra historia de los Estados Unidos when it hits shelves December 13th!
September 30, 2011
September 21, 2011
The Howard Zinn Project will be holding a fundraiser for the dedication of the Howard Zinn Room at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, Maryland. The event will include guest speakers, live music, and restaurant food–all free and open to the public! It will be on Wednesday, September 21 from 6-10pm.
Busboys and Poets is located at:
5331 Baltimore Ave. Suite 104
Hyattsville, MD 20781
(301) 779-ARTS (2787)
More information found here.