I put the link for the hour-long video of the panel discussion we did for ¡Ban This! The BSP Anthology of Xican@ Literature during the 2013 Tucson Festival of Books back up on the site.
The panel featured myself, Luis Alberto Urrea, Gustavo Arellano, Lizz Huerta and Andrea J. Serrano (who are all in the book itself), talking about banned Chicana/o literature and why the book matters. It aired live on CSPAN during the festival. Quite a feat for Chicana/o lit!
You want diverse books? Here it is.
As many of you know, this issue is still relevant as our books are still banned in AZ and elsewhere, segregated in classrooms, bookstores and universities and invisible in the mainstream literary world.
La lucha sigue…the battles continues.
Anyway, if you haven’t checked out the video, it’s there. It’s informative and punches back at the powers that be. It was an honor to be there and represent, especially as an independent publisher and a Xicano.
Enjoy and share if you dig it. Thanks!
After discovering all the available books at the Center for Mexican American Studies on Chicana feminism, I no longer feel alone. For so long I have struggled to understand and relate to with my own experience as a Hispanic woman in higher education. From a low-level income immigrant family to struggling to understand the cultural differences of my American peers, I feel do not easily blend into the lifestyle of the college student. After becoming heavily distracted with the available books at the CMAS library- my political, social, multicultural and all sorts of views have changed. I’ve read on other ethnic woman’s struggle in pursuing a higher education and how they’ve struggled but succeeded. They are inspiring and I look up to them.
Study finds cognitive performance can be improved in teens months,years after traumatic brain injury
Traumatic brain injuries from sports, recreational activities, falls or car accidents are the leading cause of death and disability in children and adolescents. While previously it was believed that the window for brain recovery was at most one year after injury, new research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas published online today in the open-access journal Frontiers in Neurology shows cognitive performance can be improved to significant degrees months, and even years, after injury, given targeted brain training.
"The after-effects of concussions and more severe brain injuries can be very different and more detrimental to a developing child or adolescent brain than an adult brain," said Dr. Lori Cook, study author and director of the Center for BrainHealth’s pediatric brain injury programs. "While the brain undergoes spontaneous recovery in the immediate days, weeks, and months following a brain injury, cognitive deficits may continue to evolve months to years after the initial brain insult when the brain is called upon to perform higher-order reasoning and critical thinking tasks."
Twenty adolescents, ages 12-20 who experienced a traumatic brain injury at least six months prior to participating in the research and were demonstrating gist reasoning deficits, or the inability to “get the essence” from dense information, were enrolled in the study. The participants were randomized into two different cognitive training groups – strategy-based gist reasoning training versus fact-based memory training.
Participants completed eight, 45-minute sessions over a one-month period. Researchers compared the effects of the two forms of training on the ability to abstract meaning and recall facts. Testing included pre- and post-training assessments, in which adolescents were asked to read several texts and then craft a high-level summary, drawing upon inferences to transform ideas into novel, generalized statements, and recall important facts.
After training, only the gist-reasoning group showed significant improvement in the ability to abstract meanings – a foundational cognitive skill to everyday life functionality. Additionally, the gist-reasoning-trained group showed significant generalized gains to untrained areas including executive functions of working memory (i.e., holding information in mind for use – such as performing mental addition or subtraction ) and inhibition (i.e., filtering out irrelevant information). The gist-reasoning training group also demonstrated increased memory for facts, even though this skill was not specifically targeted in training.
"These preliminary results are promising in that higher-order cognitive training that focuses on ‘big picture’ thinking improves cognitive performance in ways that matter to everyday life success," said Dr. Cook. "What we found was that training higher-order cognitive skills can have a positive impact on untrained key executive functions as well as lower-level, but also important, processes such as straightforward memory, which is used to remember details. While the study sample was small and a larger trial is needed, the real-life application of this training program is especially important for adolescents who are at a very challenging life-stage when they face major academic and social complexities. These cognitive challenges require reasoning, filtering, focusing, planning, self-regulation, activity management and combating ‘information overload,’ which is one of the chief complaints that teens with concussions express."
This research advances best practices by implicating changes to common treatment schedules for traumatic brain injury and concussion. The ability to achieve cognitive gains through a brain training treatment regimen at chronic stages of brain injury (6 months or longer) supports the need to monitor brain recovery annually and offer treatment when deficits persist or emerge later.
"Brain injuries require routine follow-up monitoring. We need to make sure that optimized brain recovery continues to support later cognitive milestones, and that is especially true in the case of adolescents," said Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, study author, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth and Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair at The University of Texas at Dallas. "What’s promising is that no matter the severity of the injury or the amount of time since injury, brain performance improved when teens were taught how to strategically process incoming information in a meaningful way, instead of just focusing on rote memorization."
The Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project(MPCPMP) seeks to give visibility and recognition to the nearly two million people that did not survive the Middle Passage, and those who did.
Remember the “black feminism syllabus” host Melissa Harris-Perry alluded to in her November 23 open letter? Here it is, #nerdland.
The link has a video to the open letter, the syllabus is below:
I found myself in need of new literature to pick up before the school year begins again, great place to start - repost in case others are also looking for new things to read
Study finds: White children far more negative about interactions with different races than Black children.
Is anyone actually surprised though?
These are the children of the adults who were raised by the people who fought to keep Jim Crow alive. These children are being raised by the offspring of men and women who lynched black people for sitting on the wrong side of a restaurant; the very people who fought to keep segregation alive and killed Martin Luther King Jr.
So by all means, I doubt we needed a study to prove this fact true.To add to the above argument:
Even if the child is raised in a household where race is NOT a topic of discussion the child will still pick up on Racial Micro Aggressions.If you have never spoken ill of black men, yet you clutch your purse or lock your windows when one is around; your child will notice that and process “black men are dangerous”. If you discuss how you don’t like when people get tans and have darker skin your child will process “dark skin is ugly” and it doesn’t help that the mass media the child is watching also projects this notion that white is the standard of beauty and those who do not adhere are deemed ugly and unworthy. If you don’t associate with people of color or keep any relations short and brief?; your child will too.
Many parents fail to realize that their children are ALWAYS watching them, always. Just like baby ducks following their mama, a child follows it’s parents. It’s a survival tactic for a child to copy the adult and bring the caregivers characteristics into their own being.You may think “oh he didn’t say anything” or “he’s playing he’s not listening to my conversation”; but he is. Which is why many people turn out like their parents or develop similar parenting styles.
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