Cotton Club--The arts section of the October 7 New York Times features a story on an early October convention in Chicago of devotees of the British humorist P. G. Wodehouse. In his long and brilliant career, Wodehouse wrote more than ninety novels and thirty plays featuring characters that were often rich and enduring parodies of the British upper classes from earlier in this century. Among the participants was Registrar Anne Cotton; a photograph of Cotton accompanies the Times piece depicting her wearing a big-game hunting outfit and carrying an elephant gun as she portrays Wodehouse character Lady Bassett.
Backlash against women--Jane Crosthwaite, ethicist and chair of the religion and women's studies departments, is quoted in a September 28 column in the Chicago Tribune about extensive allegations of sexual harassment at the Mitsubishi auto plant in, of all places, Normal, Illinois. According to Crosthwaite, men in the workplace are too often using harassment as a way of saying to women that they do not belong there.
When you're hot, you're hot--Professor and chair of the psychology and education department Beverly Daniel Tatum has spawned a media frenzy with her new book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race. At the CSJ's press time, she was scheduled to go on-air October 14 on two national programs: Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Report, which airs live; and a short segment on CNN's Talk Back Live show. She was also tentatively scheduled to appear on MSNBC that day.
Tatum's media plans include a telephone interview scheduled with Educational Leadership, a widely circulated magazine for teachers and school administrators published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. The proposed article should run in the December/January issue, the theme of which is educational equity.
Recently, she completed interviews with a talk radio program called Live Line for KPAY in Chico, CA; with USA Today on interracial dating, and with Time magazine for a story about race in America. Over one million listeners in Chicago will also have the chance to hear Tatum during an October "drive-time" show featuring her, and she will be a guest on the Think Radio syndicated radio show out of Palm Springs, CA.