I hope you’re doing well. Thank you so much for staying in touch and supporting excellence in education and economic development through my work. The Season of Liberty (Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, Black History Month, and Women’s History Month) went so well as I traveled to Florida in early February and wrapped up the first part of the 2013 book tour in Philadelphia at the Harambee Institute in late March.
Here are a couple of the highlights.
“I Have a Dream”
As the school year’s end approaches, please remember to seek out unique opportunities for the young people in your lives. One exceptional organization is the Oxbridge Academic Program’s New York City Experience (http://www.oxbridgeprograms.com/new-york-college-experience/). Please click the link to get more information, and let me know if you’re definitely interested in opening this door for your high school student.
April will be an exceptionally busy month as a I prepare the next round of my students’ movies on American industrial development. You can look for a new batch of short films (including two unique features on Superstorm Sandy and the Dignity & Divinity project) in early June.
I will travel to Buffalo, New York, to deliver a lecture at the University of Buffalo on the first evidence I have gathered about the wealth of empires and nations over the last five thousand years. For now, the data is called “world systems assets,” and it explains the process of how empires rose and fell in economic terms. My lecture is on Thursday, April 4, 2013.
The next week, Monmouth University is hosting its Interdisciplinary Conference on Race. I will host a panel including Dr. Kim Gallon (Muhlenberg College), Dr. Chanelle Rose (Rowan University), and Prof. David Goldberg (West Virginia University) on racial inequality in education and employment. That session will be followed by a roundtable on the world systems assets data that I have developed over the last year regarding the process of American industrialization. Both sessions will occur on Friday, April 12, between 8am and 12 noon. If you’re in the NYC or Philadelphia metro areas, it will be a great day to come learn in the morning, then get a early beach visit in the afternoon.
On April 16, I will visit Kean University to address their chapter of Phi Alpha Theta – the national History honor society. My talk will revisit my discussion of “From Commodity to Commander: Racial Commerce in New Jersey” from the talk at the Court Street School Education Community Center (in conjunction with the Monmouth County Historical Association). The basis of the presentation is available in essay form through the Norristown Times Herald (http://bit.ly/XHeBN9)
In May, the East Coast Black Age of Comics event will be a celebration of the end of my semester and a chance to exchange ideas with hundreds of colleagues who share my inspiration in science fiction, fantasy, and comic books. If you’d like an unusual glimpse of the future, please come and and join us. (http://ecbacc.com/wordpress3/) That night (5/18) at 7pm, I will be the keynote speaker for a fundraiser between Court Street School and the Friends in Need Children’s Center, Inc at Eagle Oaks Country Club in Farmingdale, NJ. Please attend to support education reforms locally and nationwide. Contact me for an invitation.
For a quick peak at the materials for the ECBACC event, check out the two promotional videos for the Dignity and Divinity project.
Also, read this review of the project with Dr. Julian Chambliss (http://bit.ly/WH4mKY)! It is an amazing tool for teachers and professors who want to reach students, ages 15-25, on questions of values and gender politics. Posters (11×17) are also available – just contact me!
Finally, both of my books have made it into classrooms around the world. As you prepare your book orders for the 2013-2014 school year, please consider both Suburban Erasure (http://www.amazon.com/Suburban-Erasure-Suburbs-Rights-Movement/dp/1611475708) and The Path to Freedom (http://www.amazon.com/The-Path-Freedom-Families-Jersey/dp/1596299924/ref=pd_sim_b_1). Bulk discounts are available. I still have a few dates open for guest lectures and campus visits in late 2013 and early 2014, so please contact me if you would like to work together.
As always, I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with you. Keep doing all of your amazing projects! If you’re looking for preliminary financing to get started, Magic Enterprises has this great offer (https://www.onlymagiccard.com/). Just let me know if I can help in any way.
Have a great day!
Walter D. Greason
Chief Executive Officer
International Center for Metropolitan Growth