Jeremy Nathan Marks and James Shelley discuss ‘The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-events in America’ by Daniel Boorstin.
Whose rights, bodies, and property are legally protected by the chivalrous class toting ’ladies first’ as a slogan? What hides subjugation as well as moralistic self-confidence? When do you decide to ignore the language and look at the structure instead?
“By embracing the politics of inevitability, we raised a generation without history,” writes Timothy Snyder. The politics of inevitably is a confidence trap — a lulling sense of a security in fixed trajectory laid before us. It’s society on autopilot. To the extent that ‘progress’ becomes the assumed course, the necessity of teaching history diminishes, …
The past, it seems, does not exist anymore. It is inaccessible and unalterable. Once the egg is scrambled and fried, it can no longer be reshaped and reconstructed into its oval shell. As far as human perception goes, the arrow of time goes decidedly in only one direction.
At a panel discussion at The Grand Theatre on Thursday, playwright Trina Davies said that the distinctive difference between theatre and film is that the experience of a live performance is co-created with the audience. At the movies, the actors don’t know you are there. There is no relationship whatsoever. In theatre, the experience is …
The sooner you realize that you’re gonna be just another irrelevant footnote in the bargain bin of history, the sooner you can get on with the marvellousness of living your life.
Until relatively recently, the history of writing has been overwhelmingly a history of men’s ideas. (One need only compare the number of known ancient women writers to the number of known writers in the ancient world to get a sense of the gender disparity.) Ancient literature represents plenty of misogynist attitudes (looking at you, Hesiod, …
What if white people have been effectively doing ‘identity politics’ for centuries — but now mobilize the term ‘identity politics’ pejoratively to refer to political actors and agendas that are not white?
All animals exert physical effort in order to survive. Humans are no different. But we humans are also the ‘great abstractors’ and we give this effort a specific label: we call it ‘work.’ The stories we tell one another about the nature and meaning of our work go on to become central themes in our …
A panel discussion unpacking the concept of ‘structural violence.’
The rhetoric of kumbaya can only serve as a distraction for so long.
What would it take for nation known for its diversity to change its inclusionary policies?
As societies, it feels like we are actively training ourselves to fear one another. How can we change the narrative?
Exploring the history, policies, and experiences of immigration that have led us to our present moment in time.
Professor Tim Blackmore joins us to critique the nomenclature of contemporary public discourse.