Kelsey McLendon rsvped for Eyes Wide Open: Books Abroad Reads The Awakening by Kate Chopin 2019-06-14 07:13:03 -0400
Join us on Sunday, June 30 at 1:30 p.m. CET ( 7:30 a.m. EDT)
The Books Abroad team warmly invites you to join our rescheduled discussion on Kate Chopin's The Awakening on Sunday, June 30. We apologize for the mishap with the RSVP link to our previous meeting and assure you that you will receive the link to join the meeting when you RSVP for the new date. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding and look forward to discussing this landmark piece of literature with all of you.
First published in 1899, this novel presents the intellectual, artistic, and sexual awakening of Edna Pontellier, an affluent, married white woman with two children. After years of succumbing to the limited social expectations for women, Edna expresses a profound dissatisfaction with her life and begins to defy those boundaries. Sixty years after The Awakening was published, Betty Friedan famously called the feeling Edna describes as "the problem that has no name." Despite the turn-of-the-century setting in the Louisiana coast, it doesn’t take much imagination to see the unfortunate and stark resemblances between Edna’s cultural context and that of the feminist awakenings in the 1960s and our current cultural moment. As Barbara Kingsolver writes in her review in The Guardian, “I wish I could declare The Awakening a period piece, but Chopin's social analysis still hits its mark.” Chopin’s novel asks the uncomfortable question: How does a capacious, sapient human reconcile her existence with a world that pervasively tells her, you are less. We’re still asking this question.
Please join our international feminist reading group on Sunday, June 30 at 7:30 a.m. EDT (1:30 p.m. CET) for a discussion about this groundbreaking piece of literary fiction.
Please note: This global WebEx is scheduled on Washington DC time. Make sure to check your own time zone.
Books Abroad brings readers across the globe together to discuss works of feminist literature and their relevance to current events in the United States. We meet via WebEx roughly once every three months. So far, this group has read Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Rebecca Solnit’s The Mother of All Questions, and Roxane Gay’s Not That Bad. We look forward to our upcoming discussion and welcome suggestions for future readings.WHENJune 30, 2019 at 7:30amWHEREOnline WebEx
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DA Stuttgart warmly invites you to celebrate American Independence Day with us. The seemingly endless attacks on democratic norms gets exhausting, even for the most resilient activists. Take a moment to relax with a family-style cookout in the forest.
This picnic will be potluck style, so please bring a dish or beverages to share.
The plan is to meet by the Haus des Waldes at 1:00 p.m. before we find a Grillplatz together. Once we've located a suitable grilling spot, we will share that specific location in the event page for folks who want to join us later.
Please note: This event will take the place of our formal chapter meeting, which means there will be no meeting at Forum 3 in July.WHENJuly 07, 2019 at 1pmWHEREHaus des Waldes
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This is one of DA-Stuttgart's favorite events, and we'd love for you to join us! On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, we're marching to celebrate our LGBTQ+ family and to continue demanding equal rights and protections for the LGBTQ+ community in the U.S. and worldwide.
Some important details:
• The line-up begins at Erwin-Schöttle Platz, and the parade ends at Schlossplatz. You can view the parade route here: https://www.csd-stuttgart.de/index.php/demonstrieren/demo-strecke
• We will meet at 3:00 p.m. for the line-up. The parade's official start time is 3:30. Once we have our line-up number, this event page will be updated with that information.
• We have a wagon to carry our flyers, posters, extra sunscreen, and a cooler for storing ice and water. Please consider bringing your own reusable water bottle so we can reduce the amount of bottled water needed.
• The chapter has a supply of biodegradable cosmetic glitter to bedazzle any marchers who want to sparkle responsibly. Be sure to show up early if you want to get glittery before the parade starts.
• We will have our own flags, banners, and signs, but you're welcome to make your own.
• Bring your kids, partners, friends, dogs, whoever. This is a the-more-the-merrier-sort of event.
• Please remember that while the music will be loud, outfits will be outrageous, and people will be weaving in and out of the parade groups, we are guests at this joyful event. When it comes to LGBTQ+ rights, we mean business, but this event is supposed to be loose and free and fun.
This event really is a blast, and we can't wait to see you there!
#stayproud and #voteblue
Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.WHENJuly 27, 2019 at 3pmWHEREStuttgart Stadtmitte
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Kelsey McLendon published America Divided? - Bi-Partisan Discussion on the Political Divide in News 2019-04-03 09:36:19 -0400
by Mark Neel
This past Thursday the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum in Stuttgart was the site of a lively discussion about the seemingly interminable political divide which has become increasingly evident in the United States in recent years. Kelsey McLendon, chair of the Stuttgart chapter of Democrats Abroad, and Michael Pierce, PhD., member of Republicans Overseas, represented the different sides of this divide, while Dr. Martin Kilgus, Managing Director of the ifa Akademie, moderated the talk. The many attendees in the packed room not only witnessed this event, but frequently participated in it themselves with their own questions and comments. The topics ranged over a variety of subjects, including immigration, climate change, international relations, racism, and, of course, Donald Trump, and though it was occasionally heated, the tone between participants remained always respectful and civil. As perhaps could have been expected, little was resolved between the starkly contrasting viewpoints of the participants that evening, but on one point Kelsey and Michael ended up finding one thing they both could agree upon: the dire need for campaign-finance reform. That's at least a start! Democrats Abroad would like to thank all the participants -- the speakers, the moderator, and audience -- as well as the DAZ for organizing this wonderful and thought-provoking event.
The Equal Rights Amendment resolution passed unanimously in Tokyo where we committed to do whatever we can to help get the ERA ratified. See the resolution here.
Watch the video "Legalize Equality." This 30-minute video gives an excellent overview of the Equal Rights Amendment and why it is critical to be ratified.
You can watch the video until 31 December 2019.
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Feel free to share the link and password to DA members that want to view it. However, please do NOT post the link and password on the internet in any way. Only Democrats Abroad has access for this private screening and we need to honor this special access given by Equal Means Equal and Heroica Films.
Additional References to learn more about ERA:WHENJanuary 31, 2019 at 6pm - December 30, 2019 at 6pmWHEREOnline
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