Tenth Annual National Conference of the American Synesthesia Association

The tenth Annual Synesthesia Conference of the American Synesthesia Association will take place on May 31 through June 2, 2013 at OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Keynote Speaker: Noam Sagiv.

I’m sorry I’m going to miss the American Synesthesia Association conference this year. I always learn so much at these events and although the attendees are always quite diverse, it is the kind of atmosphere where communication is encouraged, despite one’s background or language.

The upcoming, Tenth Annual National Conference of the American Synesthesia Association will take place on May 31 through June 2, 2013 at OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Keynote Speaker: Noam Sagiv, Centre for Cognition and Neuroimaging, Brunel University, London, United Kingdom.

Click here for the Abstracts, links to accommodations and registration info.

For some of the flavor, check out my reviews of earlier are conferences: 2008 Conference at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and the 2004 conference at UC Berkeley

Video Review: The Loving Story

Reviewed by Amy Ione, The Diatrope Institute, Berkeley, CA 94704 USA

Ironically, as I was wondering where to begin this review today, I noticed a car with two bumper stickers matching the sentiments I was tossing around in my mind. One read: “Hate is easy. Love takes courage.” The other said: “Got Constitution?” Both relate to the details of the Loving case, in which the United States Supreme Court legalized interracial marriage [or, held laws against interracial marriage to be unconstitutional, (prompted by a suit brought against the Commonwealth of Virginia by Richard and Mildred Loving)]. The Lovings, the key figures in this case, are captured in The Loving Story video, a film produced by Nancy Buirski and Elisabeth Haviland James and available through Icarus Films.

Married in Washington, D.C. on June 2, 1958, Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter returned home to Virginia where their marriage was declared illegal because he was white and she was black and Native American. At that time, anti-miscegenation laws – laws against interracial marriage – existed in 16 states. These kinds of laws are a typical consequence of states rights in the United States, a mechanism that allows different geographical areas to reflect the mores (and biases) of specific parts of the country.

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