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Faculty Writing: Model Minorities and Education as “Product”

In Dilettante Army, Nara Roberta Silva discusses the rhetorical division of “good” immigrants and “bad”—a rhetoric employed to conceal the fact that an immigrant’s presence ”is only accepted when it is ‘of value.’” Value, moreover, is constitutive of race: “Social, economic, and political forces shape social categories and infuse them with certain meanings. Over time, […]

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Faculty Writing: Climate Change Legislation, “This is Not a Gun”, and Revolutionary Bodies

For Dissent, Alyssa Battistoni discusses the imperative of ambitious climate change legislation for the Biden presidency. On the inability of executive action to fulfill prescient climate needs, she writes: “But for climate policy to last longer than one presidency, we need policies that help build a popular base for climate action, connected to material improvements […]

Faculty Writing: Anti-Utopian Feminism, Against Optimism, and the Fed’s “Magic Money”

For The Baffler, Sophie Lewis reviews the taxonomies that comprise Kate Manne’s recently published Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women and its notable gap in class consciousness. Lewis writes, “For centuries, revolutionaries have speculated that that which we call power would disappear under conditions of real equality. Thus my kind of street-variety feminist philosopher is […]

Faculty Video: Empire in Crisis: a Teach-In and Symposium on U.S. Imperialism Today

In Empire in Crisis, a two-day teach-in and symposium (October 22-23) organized by the Colombe Foundation and Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, leading scholars, journalists, and activists gathered to explore the scope, function, and possible futures of U.S. imperialism. Across a series of text-based learning sessions and panel discussions, participants asked: Why do we fight […]

Faculty Writing: Mainstreaming Revolution, America’s Gun Fixation, and “Weltlandschaft”

In Open Democracy, Nara Roberta Silva proves that the momentum gained in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd was not only the “last straw” product of blatant racism, but also the success of a pre-existing network infrastructure of mutual aid. Noting the relevancy of the mainstreaming of the demand to defund police, Roberta […]

Faculty Writing: A Libertarian, Bear-Infested Enclave and the Endless Struggle for Democracy

For The New Republic, Patrick Blanchfield reviews Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling’s A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (and Some Bears), a recently published book about a libertarian fantasy town that came to be overtaken by bears. On the topic of this unique libertarian vision of freedom, Blanchfield writes: “The […]

Faculty Writing: Towards a Collectivist Humanities and “Massgirl”

For Yale’s Iberian Connections, Rachel Stein discusses the recent and uniquely “Cervantine” spray-painting of a Miguel de Cervantes statue in Golden Gate Park on Juneteenth 2020. Stein writes, “The anonymous protestors, like so many propelling the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, were asking questions fundamentally Cervantine: What would happen if the whole world stopped playing […]

Faculty Writing: The Romance of American Communism and and Visions of Anticapitalist Sex

For Dissent Magazine, Alyssa Battistoni discusses the afterlife of Vivian Gornick’s recently republished classic The Romance of American Communism and the impressions it has left on political movements today. Musing on the transformative and paradoxical potential of politics and its dreams of revolution, Battistoni writes, “World-making projects can become warped, of course. If the courage […]

Faculty Writing: Pandemic and the Language of Warfare, and Brazil’s Militarized Police

For The New Republic, Joseph Osmundson questions the invocation of the language of warfare during pandemic, its purpose and its failures. Regarding Trump’s declaration, Osmundson writes: “This was a ‘war’ we were destined to lose. That’s not because we lack the resources necessary to implement the non-pharmaceutical interventions—distancing, mask use, hand washing—that we know work. […]

BISR Live: Memory, Monuments, and the Garden of American Heroes

Faculty Shimrit Lee, Patrick Blanchfield, and Ajay Singh Chaudhary gather to discuss Trump’s Garden of American Heroes and its accompanying mandate that “All statues…should be lifelike or realistic…not abstract or modernist representations.” What are we to make of the politics of aesthetic literalism? Why might the Right opt for realism—and has it always? What’s at […]