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Posted by BeyondGeography | Thu Aug 6, 2020, 11:25 PM (1 replies)

Katherine Hoffman, 'Eternal' Florida State Figure, Dies at 105

After serving as dean of women at Florida State University in the late 1960s, Katherine B. Hoffman said that her biggest accomplishment had been abolishing her own position.

Bringing female students under the same administrators as men belonged to a larger agenda: creating greater gender equity at the school. As dean, Ms. Hoffman also eased the dress code for women and abolished their curfew.

“They had to wear essentially what were like trench coats,” Norris Hoffman, Ms. Hoffman’s son, recalled. “F.S.U. still thought that the cars in which women were riding would turn into pumpkins at midnight.”

Ms. Hoffman, who spent 88 years connected to the university, died on July 18 at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. She was 105. Her son said the cause was Covid-19.

...Katherine, known as Kitty, arrived at Florida State College for Women, which later became F.S.U., in 1932. It was the Depression, and her father paid part of her tuition with bundles of oranges.

She hoped to earn a medical degree from Duke University, but declined to attend on principle after she learned the school ordered female students to sign a pledge not to marry during their studies. Instead, she obtained a master’s in chemistry from Columbia University in 1938 and married her high school sweetheart, Harold Hoffman, who also became a chemist and was Florida’s assistant commissioner of agriculture.

...Well into her 90s, Ms. Hoffman was known to tootle around in a pink Cadillac driven by a fellow nonagenarian. While her son fished for largemouth bass in the Wakulla River, Ms. Hoffman rowed their boat. She hauled gallon jugs of water for the pine trees they had planted.

... Norris Hoffman also became a chemistry professor, teaching at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He retired in 2013. During Mr. Hoffman’s boyhood, he and his mother planted seedlings on the family tree farm. “We would talk about the elements, their names and their properties in the periodic table,” he said. “She was brainwashing me for chemistry.”


Posted by BeyondGeography | Wed Jul 29, 2020, 05:46 PM (0 replies)

Edmond Hall Blues - Edmond Hall

Posted by BeyondGeography | Sat Jul 18, 2020, 05:44 PM (0 replies)

Jelly Roll Morton - Mr. Jelly Lord

Posted by BeyondGeography | Sun Jul 12, 2020, 06:17 PM (0 replies)

Fauci: 'We are going in the wrong direction...it could get really bad,' sees 100k/day in new cases

If present trends continue:

America’s leading public health expert Anthony Fauci has confirmed what the record figures are telling us – the US is sliding backwards on its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are going in the wrong direction,” Fauci just told the Senate.

Last week the US saw a new daily record of 40,000 new coronavirus cases in one day.

Fauci just said, in testimony before committee, that he fears that the rate will rise dramatically.

“I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 a day if this does not turn around.”

Fauci added about death and infection rates going forward: It’s going to be very disturbing … it could get really bad.”


Posted by BeyondGeography | Tue Jun 30, 2020, 12:22 PM (18 replies)

St. Louis couple points guns at protesters calling for Mayor to resign

ST. LOUIS — A man and a woman pointed guns at protesters who marched through the Central West End Sunday night to call for Mayor Lyda Krewson to resign.

Videos from the protest showed the man pointing a semi-automatic rifle and a woman pointing a pistol at the crowd marching down the street. The videos circulated widely on social media Sunday night.

The protest, which was organized by Expect Us, started near the intersection of Maryland Plaza and North Euclid Avenue, and stopped at Krewson's home before heading toward the Delmar Loop.

The protest came two days after a Facebook Live news briefing in which Krewson read the names and street addresses of protesters who are calling on the city to defund the police department, a move which the ACLU called "shocking and misguided" and resulted in online backlash. An online petition started over the weekend calling for her to resign has more than 40,000 signatures.

Posted by BeyondGeography | Sun Jun 28, 2020, 10:49 PM (99 replies)

New York primary elections signify next generation of political leaders

By Steve Israel

New York held its primary elections this week. Even before the absentee ballots are counted and the results certified, we know one thing about the political landscape. It is fundamentally changing in the state as a new generation uproots the establishment. It is a realignment based on demography, diversity, and disposition.

... First, demography. The older generation of Members of Congress has, well, gotten older. The networks of support that elected and reelected them are being replenished by new, younger networks. I saw it for myself, when I ran my final campaign for Congress in 2014, and realized that my own electorate was aging out and the growth was among young voters who were newborns in my first election and, as voters, had little idea who I was.

Second, diversity. Safe blue seats remain blue, but the voters are of richer and more diverse colors. New York’s African Americans population increased 5.9 percent between 2000 and 2019; the Hispanic or Latinopopulation increased 30.3 percent in the same period.

Third, disposition. Congressional seniority yields to political intensity. The old rules - wait your turn, pay your dues - are rightfully cast aside by a resistance to Donald Trump that does not believe we can afford to wait. Once upon a time, newly elected Members of Congress were keen on “going along to get along.” On Tuesday night, Bowman told his supporters that he couldn’t wait to get to Congress to “cause problems.”

There are mitigating circumstances worth noting...Jerry Nadler convincingly beat back his opponents. I have written before that Nadler is an underestimated street fighter. He never left the streets of his district, providing constituent services and attending local events even as he led the impeachment of President Trump. There is a lesson in that for incumbents worried about future primaries.


Steve Israel represented New York in Congress for 16 years and was the chairman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from 2011 to 2015.
Posted by BeyondGeography | Thu Jun 25, 2020, 01:17 PM (1 replies)

At-Home Gala: "Va, pensiero"

Posted by BeyondGeography | Tue Jun 16, 2020, 11:41 PM (0 replies)

Maria Yudina plays Bach Concerto in D Minor (Adagio)

Kurt Sanderling conducts.

Posted by BeyondGeography | Fri Jun 12, 2020, 11:04 PM (2 replies)

Albert Memmi, a 'Jewish Arab' Intellectual, Dies at 99

Albert Memmi, a leading mid-20th century French intellectual and writer best known for nonfiction books and novels that unraveled his anomalous identity as an ardent anti-imperialist, an unapologetic Zionist and a self-described “Jewish Arab,” died on May 22 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. He was 99.

His death was announced by Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, the French ambassador to Tunisia, where Mr. Memmi was born and raised when it was a French protectorate. Although he was overshadowed by Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre (both of whom wrote introductions to his books), Mr. Memmi was celebrated in Europe and Africa as an author and sociologist.

Among his best-known books, some of which were later translated into English, were “The Pillar of Salt” (1953) and “Strangers” (1955), both autobiographical novels; “The Scorpion” (1969), another fictionalized account of a mixed marriage, like his own; and the nonfiction “The Colonizer and the Colonized” (1957), which he followed a half-century later with a somewhat disillusioned verdict on the fruits of national liberation in “Decolonization and the Decolonized” (2006).

...In The Jewish Review of Books, Daniel Gordon wrote in 2018 that Mr. Memmi “has combined, perhaps more than any other writer since World War II, the compassion needed to articulate the suffering of oppressed groups with the forthrightness needed to censure them for their own acts of oppression.”

Mr. Memmi said of his writings: “All of my work has been in sum an inventory of my attachments; all of my work has been, it should be understood, a constant revolt against my attachments.”

“I was a sort of half-breed of colonization,” he once said, “understanding everyone because I belonged completely to no one.”

Posted by BeyondGeography | Thu Jun 11, 2020, 08:58 PM (0 replies)
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