Friday, March 17, 2023

marking some moments

It's St. Patrick's Day!*

It's conference day!

I spent all day chairing the WGS section of a conference. Four of my (undergraduate) students presented--brilliantly. I was so proud of them. 

Some years we mark St. Pat's Day--our Ganesha wears green, and we make Irish food. This year Nu forgot to wear green was wearing their usual black (and red) so someone gave them a slip of green construction paper to pin to their clothes.

Shoutout to the Michigan legislature for some heartening legislation recently. Yesterday, we passed gun control bills (not perfect, but a start) and expanded the Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Law to include prohibition of discrimination on the basis of "sexual orientation and gender or identity or expression." This protects the wellbeing and safety of so many young people I know and love, and I'm truly ecstatic about it.

Pic: A screen shot of some of us at the conference... I like how it looks like an academic photo booth!

* We're not Irish, but I love the Irish for their centuries-long struggle against British colonial rule and inspiring and mentoring the India Home Rule League along the lines of the Irish Home Rule League in the 19th century. Their anti-apartheid work in South Africa and Palestine in the 20th and 21st centuries is another A+. And of course--we all love Derry Girls.

7 comments:

Nicole said...

I am with Nu in that I am almost always in black - so wearing green isn't an option!
I saw that legislation in Michigan; so great to see!

Gillian said...

Good for Michigan.

maya said...

Nicole, Gillian--yes!

The new legislation gives me so much hope. I think we're already sheltering people who had to leave other states because of punitive laws.

Sarah said...

Academic photo booth-- love it!

StephLove said...

Everyone here wore green except Noah, who didn't change out of his pajamas that day. North was kind of perfunctory, grabbing a green scarf on their way out the door to school. Two of their favorite sweaters are green but they didn't remember in time.

StephLove said...

I thought of you and Nu when I read about that legislation.

maya said...

StephLove, I feel like the holiday took us by surprise this year...

And I teared up when I read your second comment. Thank you for your support and care across the miles, friend. XOXO

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