Author Archives: Al Kagan

“The End of Civilization As We Know It”

The Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association (with several co-sponsors) brought environmentalist Bill McKibben to speak at our annual conference in Chicago on June 24, 2017. It was a terrific presentation, and I will try to relay … Continue reading

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March for Support of Immigrants at July 4th Parade

March for Support of Immigrants at July 4th Parade Hosted by C-U Immigration Forum Tuesday, July 4 at 11 AM – 1 PM In an effort to demonstrate local support for immigrants in our community, the C-U Immigration Forum is … Continue reading

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The Eugene McCarthy, George McGovern, and Bernie Sanders Campaigns

Bio-box: While a student, Al Kagan worked on the Eugene McCarthy campaign for president in New Hampshire, Indiana, Rhode Island, and Washington, DC., and experienced the 1968 Democratic Convention. He also did a bit of work on the Bernie Sanders … Continue reading

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African Liberation, Socialism, and Ghana Today

What do most Americans know or think they know about Africa? A number of stereotypes come to mind. African countries are unsafe and unhealthy, always at war, unstable, and poor. People are uneducated and lazy, and live in rural villages … Continue reading

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The Creation of Frankenstein in the Middle Eastern Region

The Creation of Frankenstein in the Middle Eastern Region Al Kagan Al Kagan is African Studies Bibliographer and Professor of Library Administration Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. Media coverage of the destruction of antiquities in northern Iraq during … Continue reading

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Racism and Freedom of Speech: Framing the Issues

Two of the more volatile issues in our society are racism and freedom of speech. This article is about an interesting case that severely divided the American Library Association in the late 1970s, and was recently revived. Readers ought to … Continue reading

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US Labor Against the War

The level of violence in Iraq is rapidly escalating and the country is falling apart. There are calls for sending back US troops. Syria’s catastrophic civil war is being fueled by arms shipments from various directions. There are calls for … Continue reading

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U.S. Labor Against the War

”We are living in an era in which the government has manipulated our nation’s fear of terrorism to launch wars, destroy our economic security, undermine government services, erode our democratic rights and intensify racism, sexism, religious discrimination and divisions among … Continue reading

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The Anti-Semitism Debate

What do the names Berman, Rosenzweig, and Kagan have in common? They are all Jewish  names, and they belong to activist librarians who have worked for justice for Palestinians  wherever they have lived. I have participated with two colleagues in … Continue reading

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The Ogoni Struggle in Nigeria

Nigeria was a colony of Great Britain from the turn of the twentieth century until 1960. It is about 1/3 larger than the state of Texas, but is by far the most populous country in Africa with over 120 million … Continue reading

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