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Doris Duke in Pictures and the Deconstruction of the Past

November 19, 2015 Doris Duke in Italy, 1944 (Doris Duke Photograph Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

by Sallie Bingham

Now that we are entering—my editor at Farrar Straus and I—the final stages of preparing my biography for publication some time next year, we are beginning to look at photographs from Doris’ archive at the Rubenstein Library at Duke University. I am astonished by the power of images to evoke, even these informal black-and-white snapshots. Here is Doris in Italy in 1944 with a group of young GI’s. She is wearing her regulation working outfit as a reporter for the Associated Press, a tan raincoat, belted, headscarf and dark slack. She tilts her head flirtatiously toward the young soldier next to her, but the rest of the crowd seems to be ignoring her, gathered for some purpose that has nothing to do with Doris Duke.

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LGBT Parental Rights; Living with Parents; "Suffragette"

November 13, 2015

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss a controversial court case involving the parental rights of a lesbian couple, why young women are living at home with their parents and the movie Suffragette.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is The National LGBTQ Task Force’s Rea Carey, The Heritage Foundation’s Jennifer Marshall, Professor and Civil Rights Lawyer Jenifer Rajkumar, Republican Strategist Rina Shah Bharara, Author and Political Advocate for Women Siobhan “Sam” Bennett

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When Words Really Matter

November 13, 2015 With students at Western Kentucky University. Photo by William Kolb.

by Sallie Bingham

I have been privileged to teach a fair amount, usually writing workshops associated with university programs, and the experiences have nearly always been enjoyable and worthwhile. But I have never really understood the importance of words until I taught ten undergraduates at Western Kentucky University four days ago.

The students were chosen by two creative writing professors at Western out of a much larger group of undergraduates; they were about equally divided between young men and young women with one slightly older woman to add salt to the mix.

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November 10, 2015 The University of Missouri football team ‘stands in solidarity’

by Sallie Bingham

If the point of travel is disruption of attitudes, I have travelled deeply as a result of driving 120 miles from Louisville to Bowling Green.

I’ve often been to this malled city on the flatlands of western Kentucky, 90 miles from Nashville on the other side of the Mississippi; some of my best friends teach or have taught at Western Kentucky University, the rare state university that provides a high school program to students in the impoverished high schools here. In the writing workshops I’ve offered, I’ve never had an African-American student.

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Hillary Clinton & Millennials; Egg Donor Controversy; Gloria Steinem

November 06, 2015

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss Hillary Clinton’s attempts to woo millennials, whether restrictions on egg donor compensation should be loosened, and Gloria Steinem’s new book.

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is IWF Executive Director Sabrina Schaeffer, GOP Political Strategist Jennifer Higgins, Reproaction Co-Founder Erin Matson, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)

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About the Host - Bonnie Erbé

To The Contrary Host: Bonnie Erbé

Bonnie Erbé is a nonpartisan, award-winning American journalist and television host based in the Washington, D.C. area who has ...

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