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- A Writer On Being A Black Man In Minnesota | NPR | June 25, 2017
NPR asked English professor Marlon James about racism and being a black man in Minnesota. James's essay on the subject, "Smaller, and Smaller, and Smaller," has been widely shared.
- Listen: Should we geoengineer the atmosphere to fix climate change? | MPR Friday Roundtable | June 23, 2017
MPR News host Kerri Miller spoke to three experts about the future possibilities of dealing with climate change. One of those experts was Roopali Phadke, professor of environmental policy and politics at Macalester.
- Author Marlon James offers biting critique of Minnesota racism after Philando Castile case | Washington Post | June 20, 2017
Nearly two years ago, “Marlon James Day” was celebrated in Minnesota, a special honor bestowed on the Jamaican-born Minneapolis author and Macalester English professor who had just won the prestigious Man Booker Prize — Britain’s top literary honor — for “A Brief History of Seven Killings.” Last weekend, James took to Facebook to voice his frustrations about racism in Minnesota as a “big, black guy” who has lived in the state for a decade. His essay was titled “Smaller, and Smaller, and Smaller.” The Pioneer Press reprinted this article.
- Read this: Marlon James on race and racism in Minnesota | GoMN | June 19, 2017
Acclaimed Minnesota author and Macalester English professor Marlon James published a Facebook post that’s worth reading – about being black in Minnesota.
- Marlon James writes about being 'big,' black and Minnesotan in the age of Philando Castile | CityPages | June 19, 2017
English professor Marlon James is more famous outside Minnesota than in it. This is by design. In a Facebook post, James tries to slice holes in the veil so many Minnesotans use to view race, justice, and themselves. James never spells out the name Philando Castile, but the essay reads like a bleak obituary. Not for Castile himself, but for a way of feeling about a place.
- Author Marlon James critiques Minnesota racism with viral Facebook post | Star Tribune | June 19, 2017
With more than 1,000 likes (and various other emoticons) and nearly 200 shares, a thoughtful and sobering Facebook post by Twin Cities writer and Macalester English professor Marlon James is going viral. James writes eloquently in the wake of the Jeronimo Yanez trial about what it is like to be black in Minnesota.
- Holberton, a Two-Year Tech School, Emphasizes Diversity | New York Times | June 7, 2017
Dora Korpar 25, recently accepted a job offer from Scality, which stores data for other companies. She will work while completing her last nine months at Holberton. She declined to give her exact salary but said she’d earn four times as much as she did at her last job: a checkout clerk at a Trader Joe’s in Minnesota. Korpar graduated from Macalester in 2013.
- Playing mom Afeni Shakur in 'All Eyez on Me' deepened Danai Gurira's love of Tupac | LA Times | June 16, 2017
Afeni Shakur was more than just the mother of one of the world’s biggest and, arguably, best, rappers of all time. A leader of the New York chapter of the Black Panthers, she was powerful and influential in her own right. Playing that woman in the biopic “All Eyez on Me” is Danai Gurira '01. It’s a role she said deepened her love for the rapper she discovered when she was growing up in Zimbabwe.
- Pendleton man will serve as umpire at state baseball finals | Sacramento Bee | June 14, 2017
When Darin Axel-Adams '95 got to Macalester College in Minnesota, his work-study assignment was with the athletics department, where he was assigned to umpire softball games. "I got bitten by the bug and just really kind of enjoyed it," he said. "Umpiring gave me a way to stay involved in athletics. It kept me involved in baseball."
- Five Things You Didn’t Know About Danai Gurira | TVOvermind | June 14, 2017
Five things many don't know about the 2001 Macalester graduate.
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