James Young sat down recently to talk with NEPR's Susan Kaplan about his book The Stages Of Memory: Reflections On Memorial Art, Loss And The Spaces Between. In this interview Young describes some of the thought that went into the decision for the final design of the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. Particularly Young reflects on what draws people to memorials and how memorials help the grieving process.He said the aim for the 9/11 Memorial was to choose something that would endure... More
You can see Susan Muaddi Darraj accept her American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for A Curious Land: Stories from Home on C-Span Book TV. In this clip, Muaddi Darraj speaks of the misunderstandings Americans have concerning Palestinian people and culture. She said her book was... More
Lynn Downey is touring with her biography Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World. Through storytelling, images, and readings from her book, Downey will help her audiences better know one of San Francisco’s most famous citizens: Levi Strauss. She will talk about his early years in Bavaria and New York; his life, career, and contributions to San Francisco history, culture, and politics;... More
NEPR will release a new podcast every two weeks. Here’s the upcoming schedule for the next few weeks:
November 3: Episode 1: Words in Transit: Stories of Immigrants series overview.
November 17: Episode 2: Undocumented: featuring... More
In conversation with 9/11 Memorial Vice-President for Education and Public Programs Clifford Chanin, James Young discussed the pursuit of memory studies, the 9/11 Memorial jury process, and a comparison of the 9/11 Memorial process with that of the memorial to the murdered children of the Labor Party youth camp at Utoya, Norway recently at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. You can... More
He writes: "In this time of increasing Islamophobia, we should not need to be reminded that not all religion is extremist,... More
Please join UMass Press, Tuesday, November 1, 7 p.m., at the Jones Library for a reading by Peter Benes from his newest book: For a Short Time Only: Itinerants and the Resurgence of Popular Culture in Early America.
Peter Benes is director of the Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife in affiliation with Historic Deerfield, Inc., in Deerfield, MA.
In this book he examines the rise... More