Politics and Conscience, Vaclav Havel

In February 1984, Václav Havel wrote this speech on the occassion of receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Toulouse. He was unable to deliver the speech on 14 May 1984 and was represented by English Playwright Tom Stoppard. The essay first appeared in Czech in The Natural World as Political Problem: Essays on Modern Man (Prague, 1984). Erazim Kohák and Roger Scruton translated … Continue reading Politics and Conscience, Vaclav Havel

Plan Colombia – Beehive Collective

PDF narrative  The Plan Colombia graphics campaign is the second in the Beehive’s trilogy about globalization in the Americas. The final illustration is the product of many conversations that took place between our collective and organizers over the spring of 2002 in Ecuador, Colombia, and the U.S. We started out learning about the devastating effects of Plan Colombia in the Andean region of South America, and … Continue reading Plan Colombia – Beehive Collective

Black Men and Public Space, by Brent Staples

Brent Staples (b. 1951) earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Chicago and went on to become a journalist. The following essay originally appeared in Ms. Magazine in 1986, under the title, “Just Walk on By.” Staples revised it slightly for publication in Harper’s a year later under the present title. My first victim was a white woman, well dressed, probably in her … Continue reading Black Men and Public Space, by Brent Staples

Orientalism

An excerpt from the “Introduction” (New York: Random House, 1978) pp.1-9. On a visit to Beirut during the terrible civil war of 1975-1976 a French journalist wrote regretfully of the gutted downtown area that “it had once seemed to belong to … the Orient of Chateau­briand and Nerval[1].”1 He was right about the place, of course, especially so far as a European was concerned. The Orient … Continue reading Orientalism

Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema (The Male Gaze), (1975) – Laura Mulvey

Originally Published – Screen 16.3 Autumn 1975 pp. 6-18  Peeping Tom I. Introduction A. A Political Use of Psychoanalysis This paper intends to use psychoanalysis to discover where and how the fascination of film is reinforced by pre-existing patterns of fascination already at work within the individual subject and the social formations that have moulded him. It takes as starting point the way film reflects, … Continue reading Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema (The Male Gaze), (1975) – Laura Mulvey

Obama & Counterterror: The Ignored Record, Kenneth Roth

 President Barack Obama announcing his nomination of John Brennan, right, to head the CIA, January 2013 At his first inauguration, Barack Obama rejected “as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.” On his second day in office, he announced plans to close the Guantánamo detention facility within a year and to end immediately George W. Bush’s authorization of the use of “enhanced interrogation … Continue reading Obama & Counterterror: The Ignored Record, Kenneth Roth

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack, Peggy McIntosh (1989)

Through the work to bring materials from Women’s Studies into the rest of the curriculum, I have often noticed men’s unwillingness to grant that they are over- privileged, even though they may grant that women are disadvantaged. They may say they will work to improve women’s status, in the society, the university, or the curriculum, but they can’t or won’t support the idea of lessening … Continue reading White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack, Peggy McIntosh (1989)