A powerful grassroots movement campaigned in the ’70s and ’80s for banks to reinvest equitably in red-lined urban communities. It failed—but why?
Tag: University of Chicago Press
In the 1960s, Chicago’s white neighborhoods didn’t want Mexican Americans moving in. But one determined real estate broker changed everything.
Why are Anglophone novels more worthy of attention than Ottoman shadow puppetry or the art of knot-tying? Just what are the humanities for?
“What if we identified the politics of municipal debt as circumscribing political horizons and futures?”
The university has been changing, to be sure. But has the proportion of students who want to devote themselves to acts of humanistic creativity?
"The ways in which the community itself is breaking down felt like end game capitalism."
“They all wanted to imagine a different possibility of an integrated neighborhood, where folks worked together.”
Latinx athletes have forged new identities, cultivated community, and anchored themselves in spaces that were not created for them.
What do we see when looking at art from the perspective of the infrastructures that sustain it?
In the contemporary United States, higher education does more to exaggerate than relieve class and cultural divisions.
Why excavate these Reformation characters—the preacher and the werewolf—now? What do they have to teach us?
When prospective home buyers hire a real estate agent, they may end up getting more than they had pictured themselves bargaining for.
The humanities can reveal the truth of the world’s crises, everything from contagions like the pandemic to apocalypses like right-wing violence.
Tech promises to cure any ailment, whether an unwelcome feeling or a global pandemic. But what if tech itself is ill? And what is a cure, anyway?
Each May we send our readers into summer with a curated list of the titles that dazzled, challenged, and inspired us most over the past year (or so).
As many COVID-era courses have moved from seminar rooms to Zoom meetings, the haptic nature of teaching has changed. Is anything lost?
Storytelling like that of Ursula K. Le Guin or Hayao Miyazaki reveals how real-world politics is similarly an act of collective “world building.”
Think about your favorite book. Now ask yourself: Would you admit this to others? Most would share—but literature professors are not most people.
“There were so many new laws, I had to make a map showing the spread and intensity of antimargarine laws in states over a quarter century.”
Avian flu came from environmental devastation, an increasingly interconnected world, and a growing population—just like COVID-19.