Some of you will remember that we launched a social reading opportunity in a test way some months ago. We return to that enterprise now, on the anniversary (the sesquicentennial!) of the Gettysburg Address. Here is a primary text that shaped, for example, the more recent (though itself not young!) "I Have a Dream" speech of Martin Luther King, given during the Centennial of the Civil War. Both texts are, thus, core texts of today's thinking -- and arguably of modern civil rights thinking and activism. So: please read on -- and join us in reading together:
Dear Shimerians and other friends:
On November 19, 1863, one of the most famous texts of American history -- or, more accurately, one of the most famous speeches -- was given at the consecration of the Soldier's National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. As we approach the 150th anniversary of this, Shimerians and our friends can join us in a conversation about the Gettysburg Address via our social reading platform, Shimertopia.
Below are the directions for joining the conversation:
Please first sign up for SocialBook here. SocialBook is entirely free, and in addition to the Gettysburg Address, you will find a huge number of other texts that you may read "socially". Please note that SocialBook works only with Safari or Chrome browsers; unfortunately, it will not function properly with Internet Explorer, Firefox, or other browsers. If you do not already have a compatible browser, you can download Safari for Windows here or Google Chrome here. If you use a Mac, Safari should already be installed on your device, and Chrome can be downloaded here.
After you do all this, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a note expressing your interest in joining the conversation, and you will be promptly added to the group.
First, the apology: there are typing errors on this blog. Yes, there are. Sloppy, I know. I am working on cleaning them up for the future -- but thanks to those who have pointed them out.
Meanwhile, Shimerprez has appeared again at Huffington Post. Click here for a piece on Trayvon Martin -- and yes, the commenter who pointed out that I am in Chicago and suggested that one focus here has a very good point. Chicago is the site of too much violence. And, that too is a concern for all of higher education in the city.
What reading -- and action -- would you recommend for us all, as we think about the violencec in out own city?