Expressions of Protest
Expressions of Protest
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Protests take shape

Protest as an expression for change can take many forms, from physical to economic to artistic. Art and music have a rich history of conveying protest messages in unique and creative ways.
There's so much to listen and watch, free online! Want more ways to stay connected to ILR? Like us on Facebook! 
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Protest art 

A Brief History of Protest Art looks at artists from the Dadaists to Guerrilla Girls, and others viewed as “the most politically impactful artists of the last century.” An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017, includes themes such as Resistance and Refusal; Strike, Boycott, Advocate; Stop the War; and Abuse of Power. Art Responds to Women's Suffrage: Pro and Con features American and British women cartoonists whose political art in that time period represented varied views of the issues.

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Protest music

Many ILR members experienced protest music in the 1960s. The Ongoing History of Protest Music offers “The Historical Development of Protest Music” that includes Beethoven, Billie Holiday, Odetta, Lead Belly, the Almanac Singers, and more. You can also listen to a playlist of selections from their “Protest Music Hall of Fame.” Paste magazine provides its selection of The 50 Best Protest Songs of All Time, with Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Universal Soldier” at #43 and “the Pill” by Loretta Lynn at #35. The Woody Guthrie Center covers folk music broadly, with extensive archives delving into protest music.

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Kathy McMahon-Klosterman: Advocate for justice

ILR member and instructor Kathy McMahon Klosterman is an advocate for justice and encourages people to vote as a way to make their voices heard in a democracy. She became involved with ILR when she retired from Miami University, where she served as an Eminent Faculty Scholar for Community Engagement & Service, and Professor of Educational Psychology, with affiliations in Women’s, Disability, and Interdisciplinary Studies. 
This fall, Kathy will be the instructor for Failure is Impossible: Women’s Suffrage. This 5-session course will feature films, readings, and guest speakers to explore the struggle of American women to gain the vote in 1920, and how suffragists’ work relates to today’s concerns about who votes.
Kathy enjoys the opportunity to meet new people through ILR and explore ideas of interest.

Pen pals needed
Created as a response to increased social isolation during the pandemic, Sharing Smiles allows people from older and younger generations to connect safely with each other through email. Sharing Smiles works with hundreds of individuals and dozens of groups as note writers. Now is a more important time than ever to connect with one another, to make sure everyone knows that someone cares. Volunteer email pen pals age 50+ are greatly needed. All correspondence is screened by Empowering the Ages to remove contact info and ensure the appropriateness of the content.

Learn more and join Empowering the Ages Sharing Smiles initiative.

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Sipping and learning

Join ILR's Chris Hensey for The Spicy Olive's 6th Virtual Wine Tasting. On Saturday, June 27th at 5:30, we will be tasting new vintages of old favorites from around the world. Mary Horn, Heidelberg Distributor's Vice President of Fine Wine and Education, will be leading us through wines from Marlborough, Provence, Washington State, and Sonoma County. In addition to being an Advanced (Level III) Sommelier, Mary is a Member of the Board of The Cincinnati International Wine Festival and serves as its "Chief Justice" as she organizes and trains the Judges prior to supervising the competition for the Festival.
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More Extraordinary Times

Each week, The Extraordinary Times catches up with leading figures from the historical and cultural scene. The latest issue features Frank Villella, Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association’s Rosenthal Archives. A proud Miami graduate and native of Franklin, Ohio, Frank oversees collections documenting the activities of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Chorus, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago, along with events at Orchestra Hall and Symphony Center. 
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Virtual trivia tonight!

Tonight, Thursday, June 18, 6:30-8:00pm, join Miami History professor Matthew Smith as he tests your knowledge of outside-the-box history trivia. Think you know all the famous Miamians, or have the history of POTUS on lock? Join us and find out how much you actually know! 
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Mark your calendar and plan to join us this fall, October 5 through November 6!

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