About Catalyst Radio
Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch, along with Denise Cheng. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.
Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.
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In Cambodian Grrrl: Self-Publishing in Phnom Penh, cultural critic and artist Anne Elizabeth Moore brings her experience in the American cultural underground to Cambodia, a country known mostly for the savage extermination of around 2 million of its own under the four-year reign of the Khmer Rouge. Over four years, Moore transfers self-publishing knowledge and tools to her charges, women from rural areas who are now at university (a feat in Cambodia where women's education is undervalued). Moore will be talking about her experience at Sass Fest, a DIY craft fair hosted by Calvin College's (106) Gallery (106 S. Division) at 6:00pm next Saturday, but phones in from Chicago to give us a preview. Moore's talk at Sass Fest is presented by the Division Avenue Arts Collective
Whether in harmony or tragedy, North Korea curates media's experience
In the last several years, North Korea has slowly opened itself up to the world media. However, even though it now invites media to the country, photojournalists have found the experience to be highly curated and restricted. Charlie Crane and Damir Sagolj were each in North Korea at different times, one in 2007 and another in 2011. Crane was only allowed to photograph a North Korea that the government wanted to convey while Sagolj was part of a corps of journalists invited in to emphasize the need for world aid as North Korea is more direly confronted with its population's malnutrition. Says Sagolj, "one can argue about the freedom of press, but rules are rules in different places. If you don’t follow them, there will be no pictures and no witness report."
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Children's books published during Soviet Era on display
In a faculty-led curation of a new exhibit space at the University of Chicago, curators are bringing 400 children's books to the forefront. More specifically, children's books from the Soviet era that capture the mental shift from one government to the next and from one generation to the other.
[More: University of Chicago Magazine]
Bibliodyssey introduces contemporary audience to encyclopedic art
Bibliodyssey is a blog that publishes pages from encyclopedias, scientific journals of yore and obscure and older texts around a theme for each post. Some of the posts are drawn from books published throughout the last two millenia. The illustrations range from wood block engravings to watercolors and graphite with descriptions of the artists' influences and styles.
Members of The Society of Professional Journalists have agreed not to use "illegal alien" as a term
At the Excellence in Journalism conference, the annual conference of the 7,800-member Society of Professional Journalists, a resolution was passed not to use the term "illegal alien" anymore, and with serious recommendations to rethink the term "illegal immigrant" as well. The resolution was drafted by SPJ's diversity committee and has also been a fight that the National Association of Hispanic Journalists began in the mid-1990s. Their next target: the AP Stylebook.
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Exhibit opening at the Public Museum
Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Public Museum (272 Pearl NW)
With such a big collection, The Public Museum is only able to exhibit about 10% of its holdings at a time. This exhibit dusts off some of patrons' favorite items over the years and puts them on display.
Michigan Film, Art and Literature Symposium
Nov. 12-13 at the GRAM
This symposium brings together scholars, artists and community leaders from around Michigan to identify and understanding the Michigan perspective in creative expression. A significant component to the discussion is defining the region from within the Michigan community along with an awareness of how others perceive and represent it.
Screening of A People's Project of the LGBTQ Community in Grand Rapids
6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 at GVSU's Loosemore Auditorium downtown
A People's Project is the documentation of the history of the LGBTQ movement in West Michiganthat has been produced as a documentary film and as an online archive of material about the struggle for equality and justice by the local LGBTQ community.
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