Robert Shetterly

Robert Shetterly [send him email] is a writer and artist who lives in Brooksville, Maine and the author of the book, "Americans Who Tell the Truth."

Please visit The Americans Who Tell the Truth Project's website, where posters of the Edward Snowden portrait, and many others, are now available.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 11:00am
Myths of Accountability and the Death of Michael Brown
"The law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the law free." —Henry David Thoreau I remember the hilarity of popping birthday balloons when I was a kid—that tiny, anxious hiatus between pressing some sharp object against the balloon’s skin and the sudden, irreversible explosion...
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Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 12:45pm
Student Loans Are a Bridge to Nowhere
Editor's note: The artist's essay that follows accompanies the 'online unveiling'—exclusive to Common Dreams—of Shetterly's latest painting in his " Americans Who Tell the Truth " portrait series, presenting citizens throughout U.S. history who have courageously engaged in the social, environmental...
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Friday, October 31, 2014 - 1:00pm
On Charles Hamilton Houston and the Importance of Lost History
Editor's note: The artist's essay that follows accompanies the 'online unveiling'—exclusive to Common Dreams—of Shetterly's latest painting in his " Americans Who Tell the Truth " portrait series, presenting citizens throughout U.S. history who have courageously engaged in the social, environmental...
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 6:45am
Feeding the Roots, Building Democracy: On Painting Peter Kellman
Editor's note: The artist's essay that follows accompanies the 'online unveiling'—exclusive to Common Dreams—of Shetterly's latest painting in his " Americans Who Tell the Truth " portrait series, presenting citizens throughout U.S. history who have courageously engaged in the social, environmental...
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Friday, August 8, 2014 - 2:45pm
The Original Common Core: Why Aren’t We Teaching Rachel Carson in Schools?
This is what you shall do: love the earth and the sun and the animals… -- Walt Whitman Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring in 1962, but I suspect for most people reading it today the information would be fresh, enlightening, and alarming. I can say that with some confidence because though I had read...
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Portrait of Bob Moses by Robert Shetterly. (Credit: AmericansWhoTellTheTruth.org) Views
Monday, June 9, 2014 - 12:15pm
Why I Painted Bob Moses, A Civil Rights Hero You May Not Know
Editor's note: The artist's essay that follows accompanies the 'online unveiling'—exclusive to Common Dreams—of Shetterly's latest painting in his " Americans Who Tell the Truth " portrait series, presenting citizens throughout U.S. history who have courageously engaged in the social, environmental...
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Portrait of Kevin Zeese by Robert Shetterly. Views
Friday, May 30, 2014 - 2:30pm
Big Tent Activism: On Why I Painted Kevin Zeese
Editor's note: The artist's essay that follows accompanies the 'online unveiling'—exclusive to Common Dreams—of Shetterly's latest painting in his " Americans Who Tell the Truth " portrait series, presenting those who have courageously engaged in the social, environmental, or economic issues of...
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Demonstration against the separation wall--tear gas included--in the West Bank village of Bil'in. (Photo credit : Sidney Chu) Views
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 8:45am
Wailing at the Separation Wall
You have what you desire: the new Rome, the Sparta of Technology and the ideology of madness. —Mahmoud Darwish I returned a few days ago from Palestine, where I was part of Lily Yeh’s Barefoot Artist team recruited to paint a mural in each of three places—the Balata Refugee Camp, in the Old City of...
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Journalist and author Dave Zirin. (Portrait by Robert Shetterly / americanswhotellthetruth.org) Views
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:15pm
The Sports Page and the Common Good: On Painting Journalist Dave Zirin
Editor's note: The artist's essay that follows accompanies the 'online unveiling'—exclusive to Common Dreams—of Shetterly's latest painting in his " Americans Who Tell the Truth " portrait series, presenting citizens throughout U.S. history who have courageously engaged in the social, environmental...
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(Photo: Mário Tomé/ Creative Commons/ Flickr) Views
Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 11:45am
The Backward Dancing Man
In the early 1970s when I was teaching myself how to draw and hoping, in the process, to develop an artful voice, I was also reading the great anthropologist, philosopher, poet, paleontologist, and writer Loren Eiseley. Eiseley's autobiography, All the Strange Hours, had just been published and in...
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