Glenn McConnell and the College of Charleston: Hidden Histories and the Confederate Imagery

April 4, 2014
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Protests at the College of Charleston.  From Professor Alison Piepmeier's blog: http://alisonpiepmeier.blogspot.com/.

By Jamie Huff South Carolina’s history as a former Confederate state engenders both resistance and refractory nostalgia. The recent decision to appoint Glenn McConnell as president of College of Charleston, a man known to wear a Confederate uniform, has sparked students, faculty, and staff to confront the state’s past support for slavery. It has pushed the school and city’s racial history into spotlight, raising questions about the continued role...
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Shitty Justice: Environmental Injustice in India —Part 2

April 4, 2014
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I begin again with questions (I hope you remember this is still an “interrogative text” where there are no answers as in disclosures. Therefore closure too is elusive in this text). What does it mean to have access to the poor (to latch onto the most recognizable and theorized category called class) when they do not have access to the rich? Why is their crossing into rich spaces not...
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The Colbert Report and White Privilege: Satire I don’t believe in

April 3, 2014
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By Michelle Medina I am a fan of The Daily Show. I am a fan of Jon Stewart and his cultural resistance to the status quo and holders of social power.  In fact, I watch his show religiously with my daughter.  We anticipate the next instance where he will speak truth to power.  A show known for its diversity of comedic writers that has made a name for itself...
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Shitty Justice: Environmental Injustice in India —Part I

April 3, 2014
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In January 2013, I along with five colleagues from Connecticut College traveled to India for “Global Environmental Justice” field trip. A semester long seminar of the same name preceded this trip and in a way shaped it as well. Our three field sites included Delhi, Pune, and Bombay. In Delhi, we visited ToxicLinks, an NGO working for “environmental justice and freedom from toxics;” in Pune we visited Shelter Associates,...
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In Solidarity with Mireille Miller-Young: Porn Studies, Context, and Speech

April 2, 2014
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By Heather Berg Various scholars, journalists, and shock jocks have shared their perspectives on the March 4th encounter between UCSB Professor Mireille Miller-Young and the anti-choice group Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust (writing this out gives me the creeps so I’ll use SAH subsequently). I am not interested in presenting a judgment of Professor Miller-Young’s actions; there already exists plenty of that and very little of it is interesting....
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Power Play with Anna Mae: Drunk in Love, Beyoncé and the Exploration of BDSM in the Deconstruction of Sexually Violent Mantras

April 2, 2014
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By Mark-Anthony Johnson Fourteen weeks after its release, Drunk In Love has only now fallen to number 10 on Billboard’s “The Hot 100.” At week nine, it was still number one in four Billboard Categories, including top R&B/Hip-Hop song, most airplay for an R&B song, and most streamed for an R&B/Hip-hop song. I think this is both a testament to Beyoncé’s artistic brilliance and an example of how sexually...
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“Dangerous girl. The dream of my life.”: Nadia Abou-Karr’s The Iconoclast: Revolutionary Love Poems

April 1, 2014
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by Nadia Abou-Karr

Right now I am growing more dangerous.  I am growing into a woman who expresses her needs.  I am not expressing my needs to make other people feel necessary.  I am not expressing my needs so that other people can feel okay with the fact that they have needs.  I am learning to express my needs because they are valid, they are sovereign, they exist and should be recognized,...
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What has changed for you? Reflections on Women’s History Month and Movement Forward

April 1, 2014
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By Lorena Campos The Women’s History Month comes to an end not without reflections. Instead, we should remind advances but seek first real stock of the situation of women in contemporary times throughout the following year. In 2012, I covered the United Nations International Women’s Day events themed “Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty”. I remember women thirsting for peace in Africa and equality in the Middle East...
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Op-Ed: Body Politic (or, Skinny Hate: Maria Kang, Gwyneth Paltrow, and the New Misogyny)

March 30, 2014
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By Laila Pedro As a longtime dancer now working as a scholar, writer, and media strategist, I am (often to my detriment) deeply and constantly aware of how women’s bodies—my own and others’— are talked about and looked at. I follow with befuddled, irresistible interest the bafflingly tone-deaf coverage of “fat acceptance”, body issues, and health in the otherwise intelligent media outlets that constitute my daily cultural news diet....
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The Invisibility of Asian Americans

March 28, 2014
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By Grace Ji-Sun Kim Where is the public face of Asian Americans in our society? As we follow the case of Kenneth Bae, the only Asian American faces we see on the television news are those of Kenneth Bae and his family. Relatively few Asian American analysts, commentators or advocates (with the exceptions of Connie Chung, Julie Chen, Ann Curry, Sanjay Gupta, and Kaity Tong) appear on the news...
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Rage and Meditation: Celebrating Toni Cade Bambara’s 75th Birthday

March 25, 2014
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Word libation in honor of Toni Cade Bambara’s genius: The task of the artist is determined always by the status and process and agenda of the community that it already serves. If you’re an artist who identifies with, who springs from, who is serviced by or drafted by a bourgeois capitalist class then that’s the kind of writing you do. Then your job is to maintain status quo, to...
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