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Faculty Writing and Video: The Other Puerto Rico and BISR on BRIC TV

In Social Text, Adriana María Garriga-López writes, very personally, of “The Other Puerto Rico” — marginalized sites of self-sufficiency, sustained by solidarity, that sit at the “razor’s edge of neoliberal precarity.” This “other Puerto Rico,” obscured by the shadows of a disaster capitalist state, is “the only thing that makes living in Puerto Rico possible right […]

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Faculty Writing: Two Poems

In the Winter/Spring 2018 issue of Fence are two poems by BISR faculty Anjuli Raza Kolb and Rebecca Ariel Porte. Kolb’s, entitled “Raat Ki Raani,” ponders double-edged freedom: I’m free to think about things like love to hear the fast spring stream prancing on her own grave and think in Flint they have no running […]

Faculty Writing: James Comey’s Truth and Black and White New York

In the Baffler, Patrick Blanchfield reviews James Comey’s unctuous apologia Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. As Blanchfield observes, “Comey is a True Believer in Truth Itself” (according to Comey, “As a legal principle, if people don’t tell the truth, our justice system cannot function and a society based on the rule of law begins […]

Faculty Writing: Eros and the Death Drive

In the Los Angeles Review of Books, Suzanne Schneider reviews Oliver Roy’s Jihad and Death: the Global Appeal of Islamic State (Oxford). “No mention of Freud’s ‘death drive’ appears in [the book],” Schneider writes, “but it does seem to lurk in the corners.” According to Roy, modern jihad is “a nihilistic phenomenon in which death (of others, […]

Marx Now: A Symposium Schedule and Participants

On Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, renowned scholars, artists and activists will join Goethe-Institut New York and the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research for Marx Now: A Symposium. Across a series of panels and learning sessions, we’ll explore why, 200 years after his birth, Marx remains relevant to our contemporary moment. How does Marx speak to […]

Faculty Writing: Imperialism in Two Countries

In the Guardian, Ajay Singh Chaudhary reflects on the 15th anniversary of the criminal invasion of Iraq, “a massively destructive, destabilizing, and completely unwarranted war of aggression.” What’s forgotten, Chaudhary writes, is the nightmare atmosphere of America’s rush to war: “if there was a ‘totalitarian’ moment in my lifetime, it is unquestionably the period between […]

Faculty Writing: The Market Can’t Solve a Massacre

In Splinter Magazine, Patrick Blanchfield, reflecting on Senator Mike Rounds’ statement that children are “our greatest assets,” connects our odd reluctance to deal politically with the problem of gun violence to the market logic that underlies contemporary social and moral thinking. “There is a word to describe this state of affairs,” Blanchfield writes, “a word […]

Faculty Writing: Catholicism, Judaism, Liberalism

In Mosaic Magazine, Nathan Shields discusses the curious case of Eduardo Mortara, a Jewish boy secretly baptized by his family’s Catholic maid and later seized by the Catholic Church. With the publication of Mortara’s memoirs, a debate has reopened, among Catholics and others, encompassing “fundamental questions about the present-day Church, its claims to authority, its […]

Faculty Writing: Escape from Paradise

In the Los Angeles Review of Books, Rebecca Ariel Porte, mourning the death of Ursula Le Guin, writes that we needn’t mourn—or, at least, preserve in amber memories of the dead and some state of past perfection. Rather, to achieve the actual object of mourning, “the freedom of the living and the dead,” we must […]

Faculty Video: the Night of Philosophy & Ideas

Through the waning hours of Saturday night, January 27th, and into the golden dawn of Sunday morning, January 28th, members of the BISR faculty participated in the fourth-annual Night of Philosophy & Ideas, an all-night marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings, and music co-presented by the Brooklyn Public Library and the Cultural Services of the […]