Today in 1899: Kate Chopin publishes an early feminist novel, The Awakening. The book’s protagonist demands her independence, leaves her husband and, because society has no place for her, kills herself.
The Awakening will stir a public outcry. Critics will malign Chopin’s work, saying it (quote) “can hardly be described in language fit for publication”. Although she will live for five more years, Chopin will never write another novel.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
The Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars hosts Volk Field vigils the 4th Tuesday of each month from from 3:30 to 4:30. For today’s vigil, bring posters and a kite. For directions and carpooling info, visit today’s kiosk at wortfm.org/kiosk. For more info, call Joy at 608-239-4327 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Bonnie at 608-256-5088 or email@example.com. To get to Volk Field, take the Camp Douglas exit off Interstate 90/94 between Mauston and Tomah. Take County Road C to the northeast. You will see the base straight ahead, but follow County Road C to the right and within a few blocks is a picnic wayside. Park on the side of the road. Meet at the wayside between 3 and 3:15 for introductions and to review the plan for the vigil, and then process together to the gates of the base. To carpool, meet in the parking lot of East Towne Mall between JC Penney and Firestone at 1:20pm.
Today is an Earth Day March and Rally: “Protect our Water – Reject the Mines and Pipelines!” March to protect water from the threat of mining and fossil fuel pipelines like Keystone XL. Bring noisemakers, banners and signs to show your love for Mother Earth! The march starts at 5:30pm at Monona Terrace with a rally at 6:15 at the Library Mall. Then at 7, at the UW Memorial Union, is a Beehive Design Collective performance of Rock Bottom in the Age of Extreme Resource Extraction: Fracking, Sulfide Mining, and Tar Sands in the Great Lakes Region. Hosted by the Madison Infoshop with support of the Associated Students of Madison, this is part of the Global Climate Convergence. More info at 262-9036.
The Memory Cloth Collective: “Stitches in Time “Meant to Be” is on display now through May 6th at Lakeside Street Coffee House, 402 West Lakeside Street. Making Memory Cloths was part of Café Allonge, performance art in coffee shops. Last fall 50 people embroidered their own memory cloths. This exhibit shares some of the pieces that were created. More info at 608-441-7599.
The Havens Center Visiting Speakers Program presents Thomas Ferguson, Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, who give 2 lectures this week. The title of his first talk is, “Money in American Politics: The Past,” and is today at 4pm in room 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive. Tomorrow’s talk is “Money in American Politics: Back to the Future?” – at 4pm in room 8417 Social Science, 1180 Observatory Drive. Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more info, call 262-1420 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org