North America

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Bill Carty
October 18, 2017
THE THERE THERE Rain plumps the country up, and the country was plenty plump enough, a big country with its big yellow mouth of an...
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Jess Rohan
October 17, 2017
There are no cameras visible in the Metro Pictures gallery where Trevor Paglen’s latest exhibition , A Study of Invisible Images , is on...
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Callum Angus
October 9, 2017
Minik was an Inuit child brought, in 1897, along with his father Qihuk, from their village in Greenland to New York City by Arctic explorer...
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Anna Ziering
September 29, 2017
Every morning on my walk to work, I lift my eyes at the top of a long, sloping hill, and check the flagpole. Since I got back to work this...
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Warscapes
September 15, 2017
Our friends over at Archipelago Books are having their Fall fundraiser! October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Purchase tickets online or send a...
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Louise Chamberlain
April 4, 2017
On 29th March 2017, the Daily Mail published an article asserting that "video games like Tomb Raider and Grand Theft Auto make teenagers...
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Andy Young
March 6, 2017
Night Walk Beneath the cotton-candy pink in the plume of a tire fire, one man’s beard is peeling off. One looks like a clown, leans on a...
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Jessica Rohan
February 21, 2017
Watching Uber's CEO panic, backtrack, apologize, and ultimately cave to some of #DeleteUber's demands has been a totally entertaining...
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Michael Busch
February 7, 2017
Betsy Devos has been confirmed as Secretary of Education by the U.S. Senate. Her nomination was the most bitterly contested of Donald Trump...
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Sanober Umar
January 19, 2017
Eight years ago, my mother and I cried as we watched on television our first Black President get elected. The day Donald Trump was elected...
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Shimrit Lee
December 11, 2016
The opening shots of Christine Cynn’s Shooting Ourselves encapsulates the jarring visual world of the arms industry. The film begins in a...
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Michael Paye
December 5, 2016
With the carrying of the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election to the White House (as well as his growing list of hard-right nationalist...
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Pawel Wargan
December 1, 2016
Among the most dangerous of apologists are those who, with intellectual vigor and good intention, call for the dismantling of the...
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Mary von Aue
November 25, 2016
It was during the final run of Conference of the Birds, the most recent NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ play, that rebel-held Aleppo lost...
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Stanimir Panayotov
November 20, 2016
When Duke University Press announced that their Series Q would be officially terminated in 2012, there was already a sense that the...
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Andrew Ryder
November 16, 2016
I. Why does the election of Donald Trump feel so different, given that in political history there is always continuity as well as...
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Rajeev Balasubramanyam
November 12, 2016
While President elect Donald Trump was giving his victory speech, my attention fell a few inches to his right onto the small, lily-white...
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Preethi Nallu
September 23, 2016
As President Obama headed to the U.N. headquarters in New York yesterday, his last planned visit in his current capacity as head of state,...
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Michael Bronner
July 20, 2016
“What do you mean by ‘tea and sugar?’” the American interrogators wanted to know. Armed with an intelligence phone intercept in which the...
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Andrew Ryder
June 16, 2016
Contradictory facts and impressions about Omar Mateen, the murderer of 49 people in Orlando, Florida, continue to circulate. Any consistent...
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Andrew Levy
June 16, 2016
Editor's Preface: “We’re not people, we’re lithographs” writes Andrew Levy in “The Putative Tiring of Light.” And the question, then, is...
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Gordon Adams
May 5, 2016
LA POÉSIE DE LA GUERRE Prologue Is war the ultimate test of manhood? Or is fighting just one hell of a hoot? Or is it both, and neither,...
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Michael Busch
April 20, 2016
Far from embracing nonviolence as a moral imperative, Mark and Paul Engler argue for its strategic application in political conflict for a...
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Jessica Rohan
March 30, 2016
Student organizers Jannine, Mohammed Nabulsi and Karim Zagha speak to Jessica Rohan about challenges and opportunities in advancing the...
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Philip Fried
March 18, 2016
Author's Introduction In Interrogating Water (Salmon, 2014), I deploy an array of forms and formats—ballad, sonnet, villanelle, psalm,...
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Anna Brown
March 14, 2016
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Winter Soldier Investigations, a three-day media event sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans...
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Jane Wong
March 14, 2016
Eliash Strongowski’s collage Outleap is the cover of Khaty Xiong’s first book of poems, Poor Anima , released last year from Apogee Press (...
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Nadifa Mohamed
March 5, 2016
Beginning in the late nineteenth century and stretching deep into the middle of the twentieth, exhibitions of “native” people were held...
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Shimrit Lee
February 18, 2016
On the eighth floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art, a large projection brings viewers back to the aftermath of the attacks of...
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Chandra Frank
February 15, 2016
A Book Flown These fragmentations only mean that I am fragmented, That as I symbolize what you say and agree Can I then leave you To set...
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Zoé Samudzi
January 13, 2016
Following his stated proposal to prevent future Muslim immigration to the United States, the internet has been awash with white liberal and...
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Daryl Johnson
January 9, 2016
“The consequences of a prolonged economic downturn (and the election of the first African-American President) could create a fertile...
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Mary von Aue
January 5, 2016
Not long after extremists stormed the Malheur Wildlife Refuge did local news begin to cover a baffling, if not anxious scene. The anti-...
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Jane Wong
December 15, 2015
Monica Ong’s debut collection, Silent Anatomies, won Kore Press’s 2014 First Book Award. The book is a hybrid of poetry and image, engaging...
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Warscapes
December 2, 2015
Warscapes Public Lectures Series held it's third event, "Poets Respond to Torture" in collaboration with "Ethics, Power, and Justice" at...
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Asiya Haouchine
December 1, 2015
“It was not pre-arranged. It just happened that the driver made a demand and I just didn’t feel like obeying his demand." — Rosa Parks on...
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Lavelle Porter
November 24, 2015
Last week, my alma mater, the CUNY Graduate Center, mourned the loss of Jerry Gafio Watts , a political scientist, literary scholar, and...
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Maria Hengeveld
November 23, 2015
2008 was a big year for Goldman Sachs, and one they had been looking forward to for quite some time. It was the moment they were finally...
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Jerry Watts
November 17, 2015
Professor Jerry Watts, generous of mind and spirit, has passed away. Jerry exhibited the very best qualities of a scholar, and none of the...
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Allison Pytlak
October 22, 2015
“What happened to Canada?” is a question I’ve heard often over the last several years, and one I’ve typically answered with either a shrug...
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Hilary R. Whitham
October 13, 2015
The Past is a Foreign Country , which closed this past weekend, was French-Ivorian photographer François-Xavier Gbré’s first solo...
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Chandra Frank
October 12, 2015
I spent the majority of my summer in Los Angeles. New to the city as I was, I had no idea of what to expect besides the ominous presence of...
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Shimrit Lee
October 5, 2015
Curated by Keith Miller and Lauren Walsh, the “ Lost to History ” exhibition includes the work of four photographers – Ron Haviv , Andrea...
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Allison Pytlak
October 1, 2015
Sometimes referred to by diplomatic staff as “hell-level week,” the opening of the General Assembly (UNGA) each year is marked by the...
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Kirsty Styles
September 26, 2015
Beginner's Guide to Neoliberalism presents a six-part podcast miniseries. Economist James Meadway and journalist Kirsty Styles delve into...
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Brenda Marie Osbey, Frank X Walker, E. Ethelbert Miller, Afaa M. Weaver, Duriel E. Harris, Major Jackson
September 21, 2015
Introduction ABSENT TREES AND ROPE By Brenda Marie Osbey From May through October, whites beat, stabbed, shot, lynched , burned at the...
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Melissa Smyth
September 21, 2015
“The next step is to reject the tyranny’s discourse.” John Berger When news broke of a high school freshman in Irving, Texas—a Sudanese-...
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Henry A. Giroux
September 16, 2015
World renowned author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o observed that “Children are the future of any society [and that] if you want to know the future of...
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Mary von Aue
August 31, 2015
“This isn’t a crime scene; this is a conflict.” Standing out as one of the most powerful plays in this year’s New York International Fringe...
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Joumana El Alaoui
August 27, 2015
The exhibition She Who Tells a Story , featuring the work of women photographers from several Arab countries and Iran, is on display at the...
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Zoe Samudzi
August 14, 2015
Rather than berate black people for their lack of enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders, perhaps you should ask us why. Why am I tired of Bernie...
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Melissa Tandiwe Myambo
July 31, 2015
Two years ago, I was riding my bike through Prospect Park in Brooklyn. As I was picking up speed on the downhill slope, a police car...
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Belén Fernández
July 29, 2015
On May 13, 1985, one of the blacker days of the U.S. war on its domestic black population, the Philadelphia Police Department undertook the...
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Veruska Cantelli
July 28, 2015
“Welcome to the dystopian world of corporate education, in which learning how to think, appropriate public values, and become an engaged...
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Devin Kelly
July 23, 2015
Quintan Ana Wikswo has carved out a space of artistic living unlike anyone else. Her work bleeds into multiple disciplines, from fiction to...
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Asiya Haouchine
July 16, 2015
“The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.” —Ida B. Wells, 1892. Ida B. Wells, head-and...
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Melissa Smyth
June 21, 2015
In the week after Eric Casebolt of the McKinney Police Department provided backup for two women’s racist assaults on black teens enjoying...
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June 9, 2015
Molly Crabapple is a 21 st century Renaissance woman. An alluring combination of an artist with big dreams and an unwavering moral compass...
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Bhakti Shringarpure
May 29, 2015
Patrick Meier’s book, Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Response , begins with an impressive seven...
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Grace Jung
May 14, 2015
For the last six years, the Slants—a rock band based in Portland, Oregon—have been locked in a dispute with the US Patent and Trademark...
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Genta Nishku
May 9, 2015
PEN World Voices Festival’s most popular event, the "Translation Slam" took place at the historic Nuyorican Poets Café on May 8th and was...
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Douglas C. Macleod, Jr
May 8, 2015
Recently, the world had the distinct pleasure of being able to see a viral video that has surely changed the face of YouTube for...
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Genta Nishku
May 7, 2015
PEN World Voices festival continues this week, focusing on the broad topic of Africa. On May 6, festival organizers invited writers Teju...
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Bhakti Shringarpure
May 5, 2015
Despite the awkward statement of over 200 writers protesting PEN’s decision to award the PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of...
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Mary von Aue
May 4, 2015
In a city known for its musicals, Karen Malpede has carved out a space for a different genre of New York theater. Each of her seventeen...
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Tyler Chau
April 11, 2015
In a group exhibition at Toronto’s Power Plant art gallery, perspectives on Western imperialism and their uncomfortable legacies come to...
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Brad Evans
April 10, 2015
From a political and philosophical perspective, there is still much to flesh out conceptually on the importance of theatre, especially...
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Emma Welton
April 2, 2015
Eleven years ago, President George W Bush signed into law the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act”, a landmark piece of legislation detailing...
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Jessica Rohan
March 31, 2015
The Represent exhibition, on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art since January 10th, was developed by organizing curator John Vick...
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Will Yates
March 27, 2015
In the last US presidential election there was little mention of an agenda to improve the lives of the roughly 15% of Americans who live in...
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Devin Kelly
March 23, 2015
There are fields beyond. The world there obeys / The living Word; names, numbers do for this. / The grave’s cross, the grave’s grass, the...
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Tyler Chau
March 4, 2015
On February 7, the Art Gallery of Ontario celebrated the opening of the exhibition Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time with a packed...
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Kristofer Petersen-Overton
February 22, 2015
Torture is a violation of the law, both domestic and international. It also happens to be a moral outrage. Leaving aside the legal...
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Asiya Haouchine
February 21, 2015
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery." - Malcolm X (...
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Warscapes
February 20, 2015
Once you learn how to read, you will be forever free. Frederick Douglass, writer, orator and preeminent African-American social reformer...
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Melissa Smyth
February 15, 2015
This Valentine’s Day we have endured the usual corporate commodification of romantic love, including love that falls outside of the...
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Samantha Ruggerio
February 8, 2015
Will the end of football season also bring an end to the No More campaign? Or will its founders now feature other troubled sporting...
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Grace Jung
January 29, 2015
We make snap judgments about others on a day-to-day basis whether we realize it or not. We do this partially because of our wiring for...
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Melissa Smyth
January 16, 2015
“Sentimentality, the ostentatious parading of excessive and spurious emotion, is the mark of dishonesty, the inability to feel; the wet...
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Michael Busch
January 3, 2015
Early last March, it appeared that the truce between rival gangs in El Salvador had come undone. Murder rates had begun to rise and all...
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December 19, 2014
"A Typical Negro" is the title of a 1962 newspaper article narrating the story of an enslaved man, Gordon, and his escape from slavery to...
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Douglas C. MacLeod
December 12, 2014
It is rare to read an academic work written with such soulful passion and perspective that it virtually borders on being a bluntly honest...
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Melissa Smyth
December 11, 2014
One day after the release of the Senate report on CIA's torture programs, the New York Times ran an Op-Ed by Army veteran Eric Fair...
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Shakti Castro
December 10, 2014
The protests that followed the non-indictments of the racist, murderous police officers in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases have...
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Warscapes
December 5, 2014
As Ferguson burned with a raw rage against racial inequality and institutionalized violence this summer, legendary black American writer...
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Nathaniel Farrell
December 1, 2014
Editor's Introduction Nathaniel Farrell’s book-length poem, Newcomer (Ugly Duckling, 2014), from which these excerpts originate, could be...
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Sarah Luft
November 20, 2014
Today marks an important anniversary in the history of children’s rights. On November 20th, 1989 the United Nations General Assembly...
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Kali N. Gross
November 16, 2014
It’s been harder than usual to ignore the devaluing of black womanhood in America. From video footage of a black woman getting knocked out...
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Jessica Rohan
November 10, 2014
The controversy over Conflict Kitchen’s Palestinian iteration advanced by pro-Israel institutions demonstrates why initiatives like...
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Michael Busch
October 27, 2014
This past week, Al Jazeera America published a piece by Musa al-Gharbi in which the author argues that Mexico’s drug gangs, who have...
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Jason Huettner
October 23, 2014
On Monday, New York's Metropolitan Opera went ahead with its production of John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer . The evening was met with...
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Melissa Smyth
October 11, 2014
Coming of age after postmodernism often seems like living a parody of our forebears’ concerns; it feels like we are testing the Society of...
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Michael Bronner
October 10, 2014
Can the United States government legally stop US citizens from traveling to certain "Ebola-affected" countries? Can the government restrict...
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Will Fysh
October 9, 2014
After the great "trigger warning" debate of spring 2014, this semester marks the first time many university instructors are deciding how to...
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Sarah Luft
September 24, 2014
Recent public scrutiny following several Title IX complaints and lawsuits at major US universities have forced campus sexual assault into...
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Deepali Srivastava
September 21, 2014
“How does it feel to see 200,000 people coming to New York for your book launch?” asked Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org , when...
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Jordan Kiper
September 16, 2014
As a preeminent critic of human rights discourse, Samuel Moyn is known for raising important concerns over the uses of “human rights” for...
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Jonathan Marcantoni
August 26, 2014
On May 21, 2012, Zane Plemmons Rosales, a Mexican American photojournalist, was at a hotel in Nuevo Laredo when a gunfight broke out ...
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Warscapes
August 24, 2014
As tensions in Ferguson linger in the wake of Michael Brown's death, here is a roundup of relevant literature and coverage from the...
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August 21, 2014
A 1969 conversation with writer James Baldwin and Dick Gregory in London about the black experience in America and how it relates to the...
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James Baldwin debates with William Buckley
August 6, 2014
On February 18th, 1965 James Baldwin debated against William Buckley in a historical debate at the Cambridge Union on the motion "Has the...
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Warscapes
August 6, 2014
James Baldwin often journeyed to Turkey to escape the pressures of 1960's America, where his status as both black and gay, in combination...
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Alex LeMire
August 5, 2014
The Amen Corner (1954; Dial Press) Another Country (1962; Dial Press) If Beale Street Could Talk (1974; Dial Press) Blues for Mister...
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Crystal Stella Becerril
July 23, 2014
Two months ago I wrote a farewell op-ed for my school's newspaper, The Herald . The piece was addressed to Harold Washington College's...
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Jason Huettner
July 22, 2014
The recent Supreme Court decision in Harris v. Quinn dealt a blow to public sector unions and the labor movement in the US. To recap:...
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Russ Wellen
July 20, 2014
Baby Boomers: as numerous as they are narcissistic (their rep, anyway). They were once synonymous with the emergence of the phenomenon of...
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Jason Huettner
July 1, 2014
At a recent Democratic National Committee fundraising dinner in New York, President Obama recognized June as national LGBT pride month and...
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jennifer jazz
June 30, 2014
I’m an English teacher. Not the kind that orchestrates discussions about literature in a classroom. I teach English as a second language...
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Nicholas Powers
June 30, 2014
Originally published in The Indypendent Blog . “You are recreating the very racism this art is supposed to critique,” I yelled. The...
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John Krinsky
June 19, 2014
For nearly the past twenty years, poor New Yorkers who have turned to welfare have been required to work in the Work Experience Program as...
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Caritas Doha
June 18, 2014
Caritas Doha, a staff member at Sakhi for South Asian Women —a non-profit organization committed to eliminating violence against women—...
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Claude Nougat
June 17, 2014
Originally published in Publishing Perspectives . The debate on global warming between deniers and believers has been going on for years...
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Michael Busch
June 15, 2014
CUNY's chancellor has new digs, and they don't come cheap. James Milliken, who took over as chief executive for The City University of New...
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Thomas Wilner
June 14, 2014
Every day brings new criticism of the Obama Administration for the deal it struck to bring Bowe Bergdahl home. How could the president...
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Shakti Castro
June 11, 2014
I was enraged by a recent opinion piece published by The Washington Post . My thoughts are on fire. The article originally titled, "One way...
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Russ Wellen
June 3, 2014
Vegetarians sometimes challenge meat-eaters to open their eyes and take a good look at the process that reduces animals to food. But few...
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Jason Huettner
May 29, 2014
Maya Angelou, poet laureate and author of notable works including And Still I Rise and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings passed away on May...
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Shakti Castro
May 29, 2014
Ta Ne-Hisi Coates' articles for The Atlantic , usually focused on his experiences of American race relations, almost always light up the...
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Warscapes
May 29, 2014
RIP Maya Angelou (1928-2014) Caged Bird A free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his...
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Jason Huettner
May 19, 2014
Since early May, the #BringBackOurGirls campaign has permeated the highest ranks of government and sparked a resurgence of global hashtag...
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Claudia Moreno Parsons
May 18, 2014
The poet Edward Dorn (1929-1999) was born in Illinois during the Great Depression, a fact that would mark him forever. Struggling through...
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Shakti Castro
May 13, 2014
Last week, a friend posted a link to Viviana Leo’s recent piece in The HuffPost Latino Voices, “Racism over Rice and Beans.” Reading it was...
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Russ Wellen
May 8, 2014
More and more of our jobs are replaced by software, robots, and other forms of technology. Of course, in their mad quest to cut payroll,...
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David Mura
May 7, 2014
Author Junot Diaz recently published a critique of the “whiteness” of MFA programs in The New Yorker's blogs section. This is a shortened...
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Shakti Castro
May 5, 2014
The Twitter and Tumblr campaign of #WeNeedDiverseBooks , an initiative aimed at highlighting just how lacking in diversity the literary...
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Crystal Stella Becerril
May 5, 2014
Two weeks ago I wrote a piece about a Humans of New York (HONY) post which featured a white teacher talking about the challenges he faces...
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Jane Wong
May 2, 2014
In With Our Eyes Wide Open: Poems of the New American Century , Eduardo Galeano’s prose poem, “The Nobodies,” calls for recognition: “The...
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Grace Jung
April 30, 2014
In Alison Flood’s article, “Writers attack ‘overrated’ Anglo-American literature at Jaipur festival,” writer and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo (...
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Samantha Ruggiero
April 23, 2014
Last week, the University of Alabama’s Student Government Association Senate passed a groundbreaking resolution to support the full racial...
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Crystal Stella Becerril
April 21, 2014
Last week, the popular Facebook page Humans of New York featured a photograph of a white teacher in Harlem , the largely African-American...
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Jason Wong
April 17, 2014
This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending the Penny Arcade Expo in Boston, more popularly known as PAX East , a gaming convention...
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Laura Costello
April 11, 2014
Fairy tales have been significant cultural staples since long before the Grimm brothers came along, and today they have found a profitable...
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Russ Wellen
April 9, 2014
You may have heard about cheating on tests among nuclear-missile launch officers at Malmstrom (Montana) Air Force Base. It’s part of a...
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Naomi Dann
April 1, 2014
On March 25, 2014, the cover photo of the New York Times showed President Obama speaking in front of an unusual backdrop. The photograph...
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Crystal Stella Becerril
March 30, 2014
In a profile piece in the most recent issue of The New Yorker , Kobe Bryant revealed his thoughts on a photo tweeted by Miami Heat’s LeBron...
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JL Schatz
March 29, 2014
When it comes to justifying deep seeded assumptions, the human species will do just about anything to continue practices that are otherwise...
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Melissa Montero
March 22, 2014
In February 2014, the Lutheran Trinity Church in the community of Sunset Park, Brooklyn hosted a special talk for Black History Month with...
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Warscapes
March 20, 2014
At Warscapes , we felt that what promised to be one of the most exciting conversations in recent times was a little watered down and...
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Russ Wellen
March 15, 2014
A plutonium pit, in which a nuclear chain reaction is ignited, is the living, beating heart of a nuclear warhead. Locus of the most...
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Ahsan Sayed
March 10, 2014
Drones may soon claim the life of one more Americans. Reports have surfaced that the Obama administration is debating whether or not to...
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Laura Costello
March 7, 2014
For a genre that’s been around for barely more than half a century, young adult literature has exploded in popularity, resulting in a...
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Russ Wellen
March 6, 2014
As most of us are aware - whether dimly or keenly - the United States has the capability to deliver its nuclear missiles three ways; we can...
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Jason Huettner
March 6, 2014
This past week, it was reported that the Obama administration considered using cyber warfare – computer viruses, worms, Trojans – to attack...
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Abner J. Mikva, et al.
February 6, 2014
At 4:41pm on Thursday, February 6th, Illinois' most influential attorneys - 42 Democrats, Republicans and Independents - emailed a letter...
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Thomas B. Wilner
November 7, 2013
Two recent stories about Guantánamo from two of the country's most respected news organizations highlight just how little attention the...
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A Comprehensive List
September 26, 2013
Joseph Conrad and the Fiction of Autobiography (1966) Beginnings: Intention and Method (1975) Orientalism (1978) The Question of Palestine...
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Anthony Alessandrini
September 26, 2013
Today marks the eighth anniversary of the passing of Edward Said. It is an anniversary that continues to fill me with a deep sense of...
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September 26, 2013
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Edward Said
September 26, 2013
Samuel Huntington's article "The Clash of Civilizations?" appeared in the Summer 1993 issue of Foreign Affairs, where it immediately...
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Edward Said
September 26, 2013
In everyday usage in the languages and cultures with which I am familiar, a "writer" is a person who produces literature--that is, a...
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Edward Said
September 26, 2013
Once the most celebrated intellectual, Jean-Paul Sartre had, until quite recently, almost faded from view. He was already being attacked...
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Edward Said
September 26, 2013
As a word and concept, "terrorism" has acquired an extraordinary status in American public discourse. It has displaced Communism as public...
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from 1986
September 26, 2013
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Nomvuyo Nolutshungu
August 30, 2013
The truth, so they say, will set you free. For Chelsea Manning the meaning of that phrase is far from literal — the truth concluded last...
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John F. McCreary
August 28, 2013
The mainstream media headlines, with slight variations, predict that an attack against Syrian targets by US missiles could occur as early...
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Flavio Rizzo
June 30, 2013
On the one hand, the individual mind registers and is very much aware of the collective whole, context, or situation in which it finds...
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John Sifton
June 14, 2013
The first thing I did after I heard about the highly classified NSA PRISM program two years ago was set up a proxy server in Peshawar to...
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JL Schatz
April 24, 2013
There’s a war going on. It’s a war against consumer knowledge, against immigrants, a war against the impoverished and a war against animals...
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Giorgio Agamben
March 18, 2013
Originally published in Le Monde on January 10th, 2004. The newspapers leave no doubt: from now on whoever wants to go to the United States...
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Art essay by Steve Maloney
March 17, 2013
Artist's preface Has it already been a dozen years, more than 4,000 days, if you prefer, since daily life changed forever for our nation’s...
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Photo essay by Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo
March 11, 2013
In August 2011, I spent nine days camping in the Sonoran Desert along the Arizona-Mexico border, volunteering with the direct humanitarian...
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Douglas C. Macleod
February 28, 2013
Daniel Mendelsohn got it somewhat wrong. Although an award-winning writer, critic, and translator who has been a powerful presence in...
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J. Victoria Sanders
February 4, 2013
For anyone who hasn't been paying attention for the past ten years, or even the past two, here is where we stand on the decline of "...
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JL Schatz
January 1, 2013
The recent Hollywood release of the musical Les Misérables invites a renewed opportunity to question the relationship between capitalism...
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Glenn Petersen
December 7, 2012
I managed to avoid Veterans Day for most of my life, but a few years ago the college where I teach began organizing an annual Veterans Day...
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Meredith Benjamin
November 23, 2012
“What would have happened in 1963 if someone from the voguing ball scene in Harlem had come downtown to perform alongside the early...
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Michael Bronner
June 15, 2012
“Everybody wants a drone!” Sascha Lange, the German dronemaker EMT Penzberg’s business development mensch, is standing beneath one of his...
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JL Schatz
April 5, 2012
There is a certain missed opportunity in America’s box-office obsession with The Hunger Games which, while being an entertaining movie in...
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U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley
March 22, 2012
Attorney General Eric Holder recently gave a speech on national security matters to students at Northwestern University Law School. In his...
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Shirin Neshat’s "OverRuled" performed at Cedar Lake Theatre, New York is reviewed by Bhakti Shringarpure
December 3, 2011
Shirin Neshat’s latest performance is terrifying to say the least. The cheerful camaraderie among the fashionable and artsy crowd on a...
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Rachid Ouramdane's performance, "Ordinary Witnesses" is reviewed by Patricia Hoffbauer.
November 5, 2011
Performed at New York Live Arts, Oct 11-12, 2011 At the beginning of Ordinary Witness, a new piece byFrench choreographer Rachid Ouramdane...
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"Springtime: The New Student Rebellions" is reviewed by Sarah Lippek.
November 5, 2011
“If we postpone our action until we have full knowledge of the catastrophe, we will have acquired that knowledge only when it is too late…...