Sunday, August 16, 2009

Terra Nostra by Carlos Fuentes

Terra Nostra Is Not The Carlos Fuentes I Thought I Knew
Review by Scott Esposito in Conversational Reading

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Campecine Film Festival

FILM: Campecine Film Festival
Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA)
Saturday, September 26
11 am - 5 pm
DeBoest Lecture Hall
Indianapolis, IN


Chance and Circumstance
A review of Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers by David Leonhardt in the New York Times.

Malcolm Gladwell says success depends not only on brains and drive, but on where we come from and what we do about it. Check it out for more background on Gladwell and his bestseller.

Lost and Found

A terrific video, Lost and Found by Tam Tran, is a very compelling video about the need for the DREAM Act.

It is a short film about an undocumented student at UCLA and the DREAM Act. Originally done through the Armed with a Camera fellowship through Visual Communications in Little Tokyo , LA. May 2007.

Related link:
Lost and Found by Tam Tran

Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism

Reviews of Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism by Richard C. Longworth

I have this one on my list to check out. Here's what others are saying about Caught in the Middle.

“One place in America that nobody can accuse of being unaware of China's economic ascent is the heartland—the industrial region that formed the center of the 20th century's most dynamic and innovative economy, but now is synonymous with unemployed workers and foreclosed houses. Former foreign correspondent Longworth's gloomy assessment of the prospects of a region that has been one of globalization's clear losers is harsh. But while his tale of the failures of complacent workers, inept managers and clueless politicians to confront global competition takes place firmly in the nation's interior, he offers little reason for those living elsewhere to feel insulated from similar threats.”
—John Sparks, Newsweek

“A passionate, probing and painfully honest book.” —Jonathan Eig, Wall Street Journal

“A superb analysis of the crisis in the Midwest and sober advice on how to alleviate, if not eliminate, the region's pain. Moreover, he captures the flavor of the Midwest today, the nuevo Midwest -- replete with immigrants, urban/suburban/rural ghettos, hollowed-out cities, abandoned small towns, failing schools and feckless politicians. But it is still breathing and not without assets -- rich farmland, a plethora of fresh water, agricultural and industrial expertise and excellent research universities -- and a few success stories, a reborn Chicago, most notably....Caught in the Middle provides a brilliant battle plan.” —Peter A. Coclanis, Chicago Tribune

“But Longworth's book should be of interest even to those who have never come closer to America's heartland than to change planes at O'Hare. Almost any chapter of "Caught in the Middle" could generate a book's worth of debate anywhere in this country: What's to become of higher ed - or K-12 ed for that matter. The structure of state and local government as an impediment to remaking the economy. The role of immigration. The future of agriculture. The future of small towns not close enough to a metropolitan area to serve as bedroom communities.” —Bill Virgin, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“The author has performed a public service by detailing the problem areas - farming, ethanol production, the loss of manufacturing, immigration and so on - that are challenging the citizens and their offspring in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. We who think we've got it so good out here, far from the craziness of the East and West coasts, need to be shaken from our indifferent state of mind. Longworth makes a valiant stab at that.” —Repps Hudson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

If you've read it, let me know what you think.

Returned American Students Struggle in Mexico

This article presents a glimpse on the plight and struggle of U.S. students of Mexican origin who for various reasons return to Mexico. It offers some important insights -- especially regarding education.

I found it helpful and am posting it as a recommended read.

Returned American Students Struggle in Mexico
Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 2, 2009

Indiana Authors Award - September 26, 2009

Who will be the next Kurt Vonnegut or James Whitcomb Riley? The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award is looking for the next generation of great Indiana authors. Join us September 26 for a day of festivities and an Award Dinner celebrating this year's winners!

Congratulations to James Alexander Thom!

James Alexander Thom is the winner of the National Author category for the inaugural Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. Learn more about him and the finalists for all three author categories. See the following:

Source: Indiana Authors

Update: Award Winners Named