Confronting painful pasts gives society an opportunity to change. This is why those invested in the amnesiac status quo fight against memory.
In 20 years, Congress has never passed the DREAM Act. What has been lost in chasing this legislation’s narrow dreams?
By France’s twisted logic, acknowledging race equals attacking the Republic.
In Nazi Europe, countless books were banned. So those who saved books—whether university archivists or Jewish scholars—became smugglers.
When creating and selling culture, you’re also selling a story about that culture—for good and for ill.
Students must choose to do the work that will facilitate learning, so teachers must give them reasons to make that choice, again and again.
“There are two ways of reading Black invisibility and one of them is futuristic.”
When the internet is in everything, its problems are everywhere.
Once, abolitionists had to imagine a world without slavery. Can we similarly envision a world where migrants are offered justice?
As many COVID-era courses have moved from seminar rooms to Zoom meetings, the haptic nature of teaching has changed. Is anything lost?
As technologies of quantification and video capture grow more sophisticated, is baseball changing? Do those changes have moral implications?
Storytelling like that of Ursula K. Le Guin or Hayao Miyazaki reveals how real-world politics is similarly an act of collective “world building.”
St. Louis seems to define America’s past—but does it offer insight for the future?
What should climate-change writing be? What is its ambition as it moves forward?
What to do with Confederate statues in the US South? Martinique didn’t just destroy its colonial-era statues—it rebuilt them into something else.
Outside elite institutions, queer studies has the potential to go hand in hand with broader struggles of racial and economic justice.
The US imperialist wars in the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan grew from US wars against Indigenous people in the 19th century.
The Anthropocene has long been discussed in terms of hard science. What do the humanities have to teach about this human age?
Environmental wisdom can arise from being a better reader.
Millions of items looted from Africa during the colonial era remain housed in private collections and museums around the world.