Lessons in Educational Emancipation from the Radical Teaching Life of Hal Adams
Edited By Bill Ayers, Caroline Heller and Janise Hurtig
Chapter Six: Itinerary with hal (Christine Tarkowski)
c h a p t e r s i x ITINERARY with Christine Tarkowski 80 | christine tarkowski Traveling with Hal. Hal and I talked for a few years about taking a trip together. Something about starting out west, meandering eastward in reverse expansion and looking at how people live on and use the land. Perhaps connecting land use with the complex past and present of our histories, Native, slave, colonial, capitalist… We talked about looking into the past with the hopes of seeing the future, maybe in order to just comprehend something of the present. Hal and I never did take this trip. Hal’s health declined and my son was born, but we would still mention the potential details of the trip to each other. Monuments, strip malls, historic markers and casinos… these places may have given us reason to explore and travel, but I really just wanted to be with Hal, with words or without. For a couple of years in the mid-90s I traveled around Chicago with Hal. I had an old camera and would go on these walking journeys with the Journal of Ordinary Thought writers and Hal would be there too. At first I photographed the writers during their workshops at places like Dearborn Homes, Dett School, Mabel Manning Library, Bee and Suder Elementary. The thinking was that we should show the writers alongside their writing but then it evolved into more. I would follow around writers like Sue Sago, Pat Guy or Larry Davis and...
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