“What state and federal environmental regulatory agencies in the US have not yet done is reform the way agency staff make decisions.”
Some wager that the end is not inevitable: that universities can reassert their centrality to the American liberal democratic project.
“I'm aware, as I'm writing, that I'm changing camera angles.”
Institutions separate complainers from one another and from their own support networks. But what if we complained as a collective?
“Borders continue to gather life’s promises, even when walls and checkpoints brutally divide nations and societies.”
Tom McCarthy hasn’t evaded the literary brand: if you continually say nothing, “saying nothing” becomes what you, the novelist, say.
In the 1960s, Chicago’s white neighborhoods didn’t want Mexican Americans moving in. But one determined real estate broker changed everything.
Teach the history of colonization and decolonization—for this is the best antidote to the venom of exclusion and racism that threatens France.
Design can lift some communities. But it can also subject others to live precariously, often at the same time.
COVID-19 highlights how the global order is built on, and excels in, closing the path of migrants unjustly.
The family portrait is part of the immigrant tradition. An establishing shot for family history, they remind us of who we come from, who we love.
Empathy will not close the refugee camps, nor will it aid refugees. So what will?
How can migrants speak? And what can listening to them reveal about the system of national sovereignty, the persistence of legal exclusion, and the longing for home?
“A lot of people have been pushed a little closer to the margins.”
“Few libraries list it among their holdings, and sometimes I have wondered if the book in my possession actually exists.”
Amid this turbulent present, can poetry call attention to creative forms of survival and persistence, human and nonhuman?
The way women practice feminism differs between Quebec and France, especially in how they welcome—or don’t—Muslim women.
“I research specific instances of Black artists who strip themselves out of mythologized dressings around race, sexuality, and gender.”
500 years have passed since the fall of the Aztec capitol. But like that city, Pilsen’s power lies not in its buildings, but in its people.
The city testifies to the vast intellectual curiosity of medieval Muslims, and the splendor they translated from astrology into their designs.