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Murray’s Problem: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel / By Mark Johnson

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Murray’s Problem

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dec. 14, 2014

By Mark Johnson

Chapter One: Scientist and Son

Murray Blackmore stood at the lectern and tried to take in the dark conference room, the men and women in wheelchairs waiting for him to wrest a little hope from science. But in his preoccupied state, the room was a blur and hope a struggle. The 39-year-old researcher took a deep breath.

An assistant professor at Marquette University, Blackmore had looked forward to addressing the symposium on spinal cord research in Boston.

Work filled his daylight hours; interrupted his dreams at night. Often he would wake at 2 or 3 in the morning, pitched from sleep into the scientific puzzles of a broken spinal cord. Ideas in the midnight hours seldom bore fruit, but his mind churned through them just the same.

He felt a responsibility. The National Institutes of Health had awarded him a $1.6 million grant. He ran a lab outfitted with cutting edge equipment. He pursued the newest ideas in the field.

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Part Three

Edited by Linda Heidenreich with Antonia I. Castañeda UNT Press ePub

Part Three

Engendering the history of Alta California, moving gender and the body to the center of historical inquiry, challenges us to rethink our conceptual, empirical, analytic and interpretive categories. It challenges us to question and reevaluate extant sources and our own assumptions as we approach them, and further summons us to expand the sources we use to study nonwritten text and other constructs of history.

“Engendering History”

“Sexual Violence in the Politics and Policies of Conquest: Amerindian Women and the Spanish Conquest of Alta California” (1993)

“Engendering the History of Alta California, 1769-1848: Gender, Sexuality and the Family” (1997)

Answering her own call, as well as that of other Chicana historians, to shift the frames and categories in which we study history, in both “Sexual Violence in the Politics and Policies of Conquest,” and “Engendering the History of Alta California,” Castañeda moves the body, sex and gender to the center of historical analysis. Thus, in the following essays, sexual violence and the patriarchal family structure women’s lives, evoke resistance, and frame the world in which they live.

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Chapter 1: Reading

Richard J. Gonzales (author) UNT Press PDF

Chapter 1

Reading

My affinity for books started in my early schooling in Chicago. I helped the nuns of St. Charles Borromeo Elementary School to unbox new shipments of library books, catalog, and shelve them. The smooth feel and fresh smell of new books in hand was enjoyable. I suspected that it pleased the nuns as well, because they spoke to me about how important it was to take care of books and, more importantly, to read them.

Elementary school was challenging; my nun teachers and librarians must have known that for boys and girls from the Chicago inner-city, where many lived in tenement homes and both parents earned just enough to put food on their table most days of the week, an education was our freedom pass from poverty.

Pursed-lipped sisters were tough in order to harden us for the rigors of overcoming language barriers and violence (street gangs were rampant).

They instilled a hardy faith in books. Bless these demanding nuns who worked with thousands of inner-city children, preaching and teaching this message of freedom and faith. They were educational missionaries working to give children a belief in their skills to search and learn.

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Love and Fire

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A Father’s Scars: For Creigh Deeds, Tragedy Leaves Unending Questions: The Washington Post / By Stephanie McCrummen

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A Father’s Scars: For Creigh Deeds,

Tragedy Leaves Unending Questions

The Washington Post

November 2, 2014

By Stephanie McCrummen

HE WAKES UP, and even before he opens his eyes, he can see his beautiful, delusional son.

Gus, Creigh Deeds thinks.

He lies in bed a few minutes more, trying to conjure specific images.

Gus dancing. Gus playing the banjo. Gus with the puppies. Any images of Gus other than the final ones he has of his 24-year-old, mentally ill son attacking him and then walking away to kill himself, images that intrude on his days and nights along with the questions that he will begin asking himself soon, but not yet. A few minutes more. Gus fishing. Gus looking at him. Gus smiling at him. Time to start the day.

He gets out of bed, where a piece of the shotgun he had taken apart in those last days of his son’s life is still hidden under the mattress. He goes outside to feed the animals, first the chickens in the yard and then the horses in the red-sided barn. He leads the blind thoroughbred outside

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