Category Archives: advocacy

Journalist, Activist Masha Hamilton visits Sweet Briar

Given that Masha Hamilton will be visiting Sweet Briar this week, we will be reading some of her writing.  Her visit comes at a great time for us, as she has done a lot of investigative work.

Please read the first article for Tuesday’s class and the second and  third for Thursday’s class.



Also, please do your very best to attend at least one of Hamilton’s events while she is one campus this week.  Her schedule is below:

Wednesday, November 2

* 3 – 4:15 p.m. (FAC) Presentation and Q &A with y:1 students and faculty

* 8 p.m. (Wailes Lounge, Wailes Conference Center) Lecture & slideshow presentation to Sweet Briar and the outside community about Masha Hamilton’s career as a journalist, novelist, and humanitarian, especially her experiences with women in Afghanistan. (One hour with Q & A, book signing in looby to follow.)

Thursday, November 3 

* 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (FAC) Afternoon meeting and discussions with Salt Block business students on entrepreneurial non-profit business management and their work for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project

Friday, November 4  

* 8 p.m. (Murchison Lane Auditorium, Babcock Fine Arts Center.) “Out of Silence” reading/performance by Sweet Briar theatre students (Note: An image of Lalla Essaydi’s photograph Les Femmes du Maroc #17, 200, which is in the College’s permanent collection, could be projected on stage before and after the performance.)

* 9:30 p.m. Reception to follow the performance in the lobby of the Babcock Fine Arts Center.

Monday, November 7

* 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (Pannell Art Gallery) Afternoon reading and Q & A with Red Clay literary magazine staff, creative writing students. (Director of Art Collection and Galleries Karol Lawson can arrange for Lalla Essaydi’s photograph Les Femmes du Maroc #17, 2005 to be on display in the gallery during the reading.)

* 7 p.m. (Sanctuary Cottage) Dinner with creative writing students and faculty

Tuesday, November 8

* 3 – 4:15 p.m. (Fletcher 200) Meet with creative writing students enrolled in the ENGL 334 Fiction Workshop: Research and the Fiction Writer.




Ida B. Wells: Journalist, Editor, Suffragist

Ida B. Wells (1862-1931)

Imagine if Ida B. Wells had the backing and support of a whole newspaper or magazine staff  (photo-journalists, a layout and design staff, and a research department) that could have helped bring her observations to light in a vivid and easily accessible way.  Would there have been as many lynching deaths in the United States?

Wells and others working to raise consciousness about racial violence ran up against the issue of accessibility and distribution.  The map below would not have been known to many people, widely available, or displayed publicly.

Lynchings By States And Counties in the United States 1900-1931 (Data from research department, Tuskegee Institute)

Today, through the advantage of historical distance, as well as technology that can organize data in easy-to-read, interactive, and “shareable” formats, the public is much more aware of how wide-spread lynching was.  See the following links for examples:

Imagine if Ida B. Wells had a blog.  What might it look like?  What would she link to? Who would she follow on Twitter?  Who would be her Facebook friends?  Would she publish photos of lynching victims on-line?

Consider how you use push-button publishing technology and social media.  If there is a cause that you feel passionate about, how might you use the technology at your fingertips to raise awareness about it?

See the Wikipedia article on Wells’ exceptional career and life.