Misogyny is not something created out of thin air, to be caught much like a cold, that drives those infected to commit horrendous acts of violence. It is an ideology produced and disseminated by social and cultural institutions that work seamlessly together to create a social reality that normalises, legitimises and glorifies violence against women.

Wheelock College American Studies Professor Gail Dines.

Huffington Post UK, 6/2/14, “UCSB, Feminism, and Porn.”

If you live in Boston come check out this panel I am moderating a week from Friday. Hope to see you there.


Friday, March 21, 2014
6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.
Yawkey Theater, WGBH 
1 Guest Street, Boston MA

The purpose of the NCRA – WGBH Forum, Race Amity and The Other Tradition, is to contribute to the public discourse on race in America. The specific goal of the forum is to further define and explore “the other tradition” as a perspective and frame of reference in the discourse on improving American race relations.

The perspective of “the other tradition” is that in America’s racial history the dominant tradition of racism has always had a parallel moral counterweight that promoted access, equity, and social justice. This moral counterweight held at its core humanistic and spiritual values accentuated by amity and close cross-racial/cross-cultural collaboration, which, in contrast to racism, is “the other tradition.”

Forum Participants:

  • Forum Moderator: Orlando Jones, Actor/Comedian
  • Richard W. Thomas, PhD, Author, Understanding Race Relations in the US, Professor of History Emeritus, Michigan State University
  • Anna-Lisa Cox, Ph. D., Author, A Stronger Kinship, Associate at Harvard’s WEB Dubois Institute and Research Associate at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Betsy Newman, Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker, producer, and director of Rebel Hearts and the current production on PBS – The Education of Harvey Gant
  • Colette Phillips, President & CEO of Colette Phillips Communications, Inc; Publisher of Kaleidoscope, Boston’s first Multicultural Resource Directory, and Founder of Get Konnected, Boston’s Premier Urban Professional Networking Event.

Reception and book signing will follow the forum discussion.

The Forum is free but space is limited! Request tickets by emailing ncra@wheelock.edu and placing “Forum” in the subject line.


“Islam tells us that it is a right, whether girl or boy, to get an education. It’s a responsibility and duty to have knowledge.”

One year ago, Yousafzai was nearly killed after sustaining a gunshot wound to the head from the Taliban while she was on the bus home from school in Pakistan. She was sent to a British hospital for treatment. Yousafzai recently became the youngest Nobel Prize nominee and published her memoir “I am Malala” last week.

Learn about the JFK bust presented to her by Wheelock President Jackie Jenkins-Scott.

An impromptu review of After-Cave by Michelle Detorie

The students in my Introduction to Creative Writing (#ENG130) class at Wheelock College have been reading After-Cave by Michelle Detorie for the past three weeks. This afternoon a student in the class emailed me a question about the homework due on Monday, and at the end of the email, he included this comment about Michelle’s book:

Also, the After Cave book was a really great read, unlike anything I have ever read before. It kept the reading intriguing! Thank you for having us read it!

I should mention that the word “intriguing” has become an inside joke in our class; it’s a word we have started to use to describe an engagement with a text, or a response to a text, that we are not yet ready to put into words.

How “intriguing” to be thanked for assigning homework!