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Going Public: Resistance In The Age Of Trump

Paul Stoller | Posted 01.18.2017 | Impact
Paul Stoller

In the post-truth world of Trumplandia there is a clear need for scholars to go public--as a form of resistance. This need is particularly acute in th...

Citizen Therapists Against Trumpism -- The Path Back to Power

Harry Boyte | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Citizen Therapists Against Trumpism is a response to a profoundly dangerous anti-democratic tendency in the U.S., visible as well in other countries. Their manifesto is endorsed by many prominent therapists, and it went public on June 23.

Of Power, Rodrigo Duterte and the Normalization of Corruption by the Filipinos

Jan Albert Suing | Posted 04.20.2016 | World
Jan Albert Suing

We need genuine people in the government who will change the dynamics of our politics. We need someone who will empower us and strike fear in those who lead us across the board.

Arrival: The Post(Modern) University, Secret Agents, and the Value of Discretion

John Stroup | Posted 02.20.2017 | College
John Stroup

Last time I described the predicament I face as a 21st-century historian of Christianity. I welcome students wanting a more nuanced curriculum, and I...

André Glucksmann: The Consummate Contemporary

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.11.2016 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Swirling around my head since this morning are the many André Glucksmanns that I have known. Caroming, they send me into zones of memory that I had not expected to revisit so soon.

You Tele-Conferenced Me in Prison: Once a Cold Heart, Always a Cold Heart

Lee C. Camp | Posted 05.20.2016 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

It is painful to hear true confession, often accompanied by grief and shame, to lay before others one's worst deeds.

The Comparative Politics of Atrocity

John Feffer | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
John Feffer

Is ISIS medieval? However much ISIS is committed to returning the world to the seventh century, their atrocities have a more complicated genealogy that stretches from the beheadings of the Middle Ages through the tortures of 18th-century France all the way up to the present day.

Police and Protesters as Potential Allies

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The concept of meritocracy provides justification and cover to the nation in refusing to acknowledge and in denying the actual causes for the tremendous chasms in the wealth distribution and in educational achievement, and for the overall systemic inequities based on social identities.

The Biopolitics of Beheading

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

Michel Foucault described the way the French penal system underwent the transition from chaotic public execution to a carefully managed prison regimen from which the public was largely veiled. What does that experience tell us about the choreographed and quite cold-blooded executions perpetrated and publicly disseminated in YouTube videos by ISIS?

The Problem With Automatically Labeling Drag Queens as Cisgender Gay Men

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
J Nelson Aviance

The idea that drag queens entertain and then return home to their cisgender lives is problematized by the fact that many drag performers are marked as subversively gendered even out of drag.

April Diary

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 06.16.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

It was not without pleasure that I read Renaud Girard most recent book, Le monde en marche, which collects the best of the chronicles and reports that have appeared in recent years in Le Figaro. I swear. I protest. About Rwanda, I believe the opposite of what Girard writes. But I lap it up.

This Is Not A Blog

Ira Israel | Posted 08.21.2016 | Arts
Ira Israel

Are we witnessing a new epoch of exceptionally bright and gifted directors, writers, and actors infusing pop culture with winks to high culture or possibly converging the two?

Get Smart! Cultivate Interdependence!

Michael Roth | Posted 01.15.2013 | College
Michael Roth

The goal of inquiry isn't Truth with a capital "T;" it is more inquiry. The goal of liberal learning is more learning. We hold onto our "plasticity" by holding onto our ability to be affected by others -- to learn from experience in context.

Uncommon Sense: Self-Driving Cars and Books That Write Themselves

Michael Sigman | Posted 12.26.2012 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

A webzine recently asked me to write 100 words on the question, "If you had to choose between blindness and deafness, which sense would you keep?" I gave them one word: "common."

To US Representative Steve King: Multiculturalism Encompasses Everyone

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The diversity in the U.S. poses great challenges and opportunities. I would advise Mr. King that the way we meet these challenges will determine whether we remain on the abyss of our history or whether we achieve our promise of becoming a shining beacon to the world.

How A Seasoned Contemporary Artist Handles Herself

Posted 04.11.2012 | Arts

Elaine Sturtevant made her controversial artistic debut in 1965 when she showed an exhibition of replicates of Andy Warhol's silkscreen floral prints ...

Chomsky: Moral Justice Trumps "Legal" Justice and America's Narrow Political Spectrum

Naima Ramos-Chapman | Posted 11.06.2011 | Black Voices
Naima Ramos-Chapman

Here's my half-baked attempt at giving you some sweet takeaways from The Chomsky-Foucault Debate on Human Nature.

Santa, Deconstructed

Derek Nystrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derek Nystrom

I've recently realized that Santa Claus actually enacts, in miniature, the various stages of our gradual recognition of and acquiescence to contemporary forms of power and authority. No, seriously, he does. Here's how.

Suffocating in San Francisco With Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and a Thousand Tourists

Mat Gleason | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Mat Gleason

No matter how great these "Post-Impressionist Masterpieces" are, they are crammed in a basement overfilled with way too many sleepwalking European tourists.

Caster Semenya: When Gender Is Not Sex

Elizabeth Debold | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Debold

It seems pretty likely that Semenya is no longer going to be allowed to compete as a female in the sport that she loves and has trained so hard for.

Eat Your Way To Enlightenment

Jay Michaelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jay Michaelson

Having taught it for many years, I find eating meditation -- yes, eating meditation -- to be one of the simplest, most profound, mindfulness practices. Here are some tips to start your own journey.

Admiring Continents

Pablo Ganguli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Pablo Ganguli

I still do not know what possessing Indian nationality signifies. I have always felt so very un-Indian with only rare flashbacks of nostalgia for things from the sub-continent.