Gender and Critical Drug Studies: Capsule summary of “The Intersectional Origins of Women’s Substance Abuse: Lessons from Detroit’s WOMAN Center, 1970-1985”

Editor’s Note: Today’s post comes from Trysh Travis, associate professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Florida and co-founder of Points. In it, she explains the reasons why she chose to write about WOMAN, a Detroit-based treatment center, and the lessons it taught her. Her post is part of a series featured over the next fewContinue reading “Gender and Critical Drug Studies: Capsule summary of “The Intersectional Origins of Women’s Substance Abuse: Lessons from Detroit’s WOMAN Center, 1970-1985””

Stretching the Boundaries of “History”

Editor’s note: Today sees the final installment of the Points tribute to AA historian Glenn C.  Commentator Jackie B. graduated in 2002 with a degree in Theater and Performance Studies from U.C. Berkeley.  Sober since 2006, she is the founder and Artistic Director of Recovery Works Theater (RWT) in San Francisco. Her work has beenContinue reading “Stretching the Boundaries of “History””

Rich Dubiel Meets Glenn C.

Editor’s Note: Today we present the second installation in our roundtable series celebrating the work of AA Historian Glenn C. Richard Dubiel, formerly Professor of Communications at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, was an early beneficiary of Glenn’s work with Hindsfoot Press, which published his insightful “Sober Sleuths: Lawrence Block and James Lee Burke” in 1999.Continue reading “Rich Dubiel Meets Glenn C.”

Interview: “Woman in AA” with Trysh Travis on Rebellion Dogs Radio

Editor’s note: Today we feature a recent interview with Dr. Trysh Travis, professor in the University of Florida’s Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies department and Points co-founder/managing editor emeritus, on Rebellion Dogs Radio, a podcast offering “less dogma and more bite” than traditional perspectives on recovery. Below is the interview description from Rebellion Dogs andContinue reading “Interview: “Woman in AA” with Trysh Travis on Rebellion Dogs Radio”

Now Hiring: UF’s Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research

A message from Points Managing Editor Emeritus, Trysh Travis: Longtime Points readers will know (and newcomers should find out about) my longstanding interest in feminist work on drug and alcohol issues. Now, at long last, I have the chance to hire someone to keep me company on that thankless research journey! The Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research at the University ofContinue reading “Now Hiring: UF’s Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research”

In Memoriam: Ernie Kurtz, 1935-2015

All serious historians of alcohol and drugs will be saddened to hear of the passing, last week, of Ernest (“Ernie”) Kurtz, the first and foremost historian of Alcoholics Anonymous. Kurtz’s commanding Not-God: a History of Alcoholics Anonymous was published in 1979 by Hazelden.  Though Ernie often talked about how AA history in the decades sinceContinue reading “In Memoriam: Ernie Kurtz, 1935-2015”

Contextualizing the First Annual “We Agnostics and Free Thinkers” AA Convention, Nov 6-8, 2014

Editor’s Note: This post is brought to you by the venerable Trysh Travis, former Points managing editor. A friend with a drinking problem has been going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings lately, and finding them not very helpful. “I can’t stand all the God talk,” she explained. She was raised in an Islamic country where God is routinelyContinue reading “Contextualizing the First Annual “We Agnostics and Free Thinkers” AA Convention, Nov 6-8, 2014″

Call for Proposals: The Drugs, Security and Democracy (DSD) Program

The Drugs, Security and Democracy (DSD) Program provides support for research across a variety of disciplines—anthropology, sociology, criminology, history, political science, economics, journalism, public policy, legal studies, public health, and other related fields—to create a network of scholars interested in developing alternative approaches to drug policy and fostering strategies that address the growth of transnationalContinue reading “Call for Proposals: The Drugs, Security and Democracy (DSD) Program”

Call for Participants: BackStory Radio Seeks Questions on Drugs History

Editor’s Note: Okay, Points readers– show that analogue crew over at NPR what you’ve got. Always wanted to be on the radio?  Here’s your chance!  BackStory, a history-focused public radio show, is tackling drugs.  They’re looking for input from historians and non-historians alike.  Here’s the scoop: BackStory is a weekly, hour-long show hosted by threeContinue reading “Call for Participants: BackStory Radio Seeks Questions on Drugs History”

David Foster Wallace: Life, Writing, Addiction, and Recovery

Editor’s Note:  As of this post, Points will be going on a “holiday hiatus” schedule– a light posting regime that reflects the editorial crew’s commitment to spending the holidays doing life rather than history.  We’ll resume regular posting at the end of January 2013.  I should also note that this will be my last postContinue reading “David Foster Wallace: Life, Writing, Addiction, and Recovery”

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