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Archive for February, 2011


It’s February again!  The shortest month of the year is host to several celebrations including Black History Month.  I suspect this year people will wonder, “Don’t we all know by now the contributions of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.?”  “Aren’t we living in the post-racial era?”  “Isn’t it all good now that we have a Black President?”

No, unfortunately it is not. Racial, class, and gender injustice still operate in America.  However, we have the opportunity to better confront injustice, if we take our Black History Month lessons more seriously.

Thanks to Black History Month, some of us know the contributions, struggles, and victories of a handful of prominent people of African descent.  We know the battles of civil rights warriors who put their lives on the line to change this nation to one that operates more closely within its proclaimed tenets and ideals.  Certainly ‘liberty and justice for all’ was not something that Blacks or other people of color could readily expect or count on when Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard Ph.D., started Black History month in 1926 by instituting the first ‘Negro History Week.’   He chose the 2nd week in February for the celebration, acknowledging the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, two men who were instrumental in removing the chains of slavery from Black Americans.


Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Culture | Blog

By Manisha Thakor, Woodhull Alumna

Originally posted to The Huffington Post on February 11th.

As we head into the New Year, media outlets ranging from CNBC to the Washington Post are full of financial commentary addressing this question. On the surface it seems like a logical query.

But if you were getting ready to go out, would you ask “What Should I Wear?”… without describing where you are heading? Of course not. The clothes you’d wear to shovel snow in will be very different from the clothes you’d wear to a wedding.

That’s why “How Should I Invest?” are the four most dangerous words to your portfolio. The answer to that question is often given as if one size fits all, when it’s anything but. To protect yourself, here are 5 things to think about to make sure your hard earned money is invested in a way that is appropriate for your specific situation.


Category : News | Blog

Democracy in the middle east

Iran Uses Force Against Protests as Region Erupts- New York Times

Labor Activists Rejoice in Egypt, but Will It Last?- New York Times

Bahrain Roiled After Second Protester Is Killed by Police- New York Times

Obama’s proposed budget cuts – will they affect you?

Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal 2012 focuses on education, energy, research- The Washington Post

Prime Minister of Rome involved in sex scandal, charged with abuse of power.

Silvio Berlusconi faces Ruby sex charge trial in April- BBC News

Silvio Berlusconi faces nation’s women as a million protesters take to streets- The Telegraph

And it’s fashion week in New York

Fashion week in New York- USA Today

Category : News | Blog

The Connected Film Crew

Woodhull Fellow Tiffany Shlain premiered her new feature documentary “Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology” at the Sundance Film Festival. The reaction to the film was overwhleming! Connected won the Women In Film Award (by National Geographic All Roads Film Grant), and received high praise from reviewers (including Al Gore).

Find out more about the film at connectedthefilm.com

Read reviews after the jump! –>


Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Media | Women | Blog

A poem by Tara Sophia Mohr, Woodhull Alumna

Originally posted to WiseLivingBlog.com on February 2nd.

In the end
you won’t be known
for the things you did,
or what you built,
or what you said.

You won’t even be known
for the love given
or the hearts saved,

because in the end you won’t be known.

You won’t be asked, by a vast creator full of light:
What did you do to be known?

Category : Community Member Projects and Updates | Blog

by Suzanne Grossman, Woodhull Alumna

Originally posted to LYJ: Love Your Job on February 9th.

A friend of mine is close to a job offer that would increase not only her salary but also her management and leadership responsibilities. However, the job would require her to relocate across the country and is not fully aligned with her longer-term career goals. She’d be leaving behind her relationship and creative side projects but would be gaining new colleagues and an exciting city to explore. Many of us have faced a choice like this. It can feel agonizing, even if we’re happy to receive an offer.

Here are a few strategies for making these tough career choices with confidence:


Category : Careers | Community Member Projects and Updates | Blog
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