- Food Workers, Janitors Walk Out on US Senate
- The Invented History of the ‘Factory Model of Education’
- Contingency and Gender
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- Do You Understand that Your Baby Goes Aways and Never Comes Back?
- Policy Debate in the Age of Neoliberalism
- Apocalypse Never
- Nobody Famous
- Uisce Beatha: A Mulholland Bestiary
- Mostly Automatic: Humanity at the Edge of Agency and Ethics
- The Corrosive Cult of Compliance in Our Schools
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A new campaign hopes to raise awareness about the prevalence of catcalling, which some international studies show between 70 to 99 percent of women face at some point in their lives. New street signs have been posted around New York City by the non-profit Feminist Apparel in conjunction with Anti-Street Harassment Week. Alan Martofel, founder of the clothing company, told HuffPost this is the first community-based activist campaign completely funded through sales of t-shirts on the company’s website.
There are more than 50 signs up around the city
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Italian police are trying to establish the true owner of a Picasso painting worth €15 m (£11m) after confiscating it from a pensioner who says he was given it for free.
The Rome resident, a former frame-maker, told detectives he received the work in 1978 as a thank-you gift for an act of kindness towards a recently bereaved customer.
A widower had come into his shop in a state of distress after breaking a photo frame in which he kept a picture of his late wife. Touched, the frame-maker replaced the glass for free.
Two days later, the elderly customer returned to the workshop and presented him with the Picasso, without giving any indication of its value or artistic significance.
According to the frame-maker’s story, it was only last year that he realized the 54cm x 45cm oil-on-canvas could be a Picasso, police said.
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Things are heating up in the run up to the third edition of Art Lima, Peru’s top contemporary art fair, and not in a good way.
A number of participants in the fair—slated to take place on April 23-26—have pulled out to protest against a series of actions carried out by the mayor of Lima, Luis Castañeda Lossio, which they consider are attacking freedom of expression.
The problems began when Castañeda Lossio ordered the cover-up of several street art murals across the city, including one depicting the indigenous revolutionary Túpac Katari, which caused outrage in Lima’s artistic community, PBS reported.
So when the art fair made public a sponsorship agreement with the Municipality of Lima, led by Castañeda Lossio, on March 17, several participants pulled out from the fair immediately.
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A former manager of the Valtice Castle, a baroque UNESCO Heritage Site in the Czech Republic, has become the main suspect in a police investigation into the disappearance of 58 paintings left in the castle’s care, Der Standard reports.
The South Moravian castle is home to an annual art show titled “Large Format.” The last edition hosted artists from six countries, and 39 of them are now missing their artworks. The combined value of the 58 missing paintings is estimated at €170,000 ($185,000).
The castle manager initially told police detectives that the artworks had disappeared. Police thus first searched for a gang of art robbers. “We had expected to find an organized ring of art looters who’d sell the artwork in Prague and abroad,” a Czech police spokesperson told the media.
Instead, police found broken frames and partially burnt canvases, and suspicion quickly switched to the castle manager himself. The manager claims not to have known what the paintings were worth. The motives remain mysterious.
In the best documentary films, artifice isn’t an obstacle to truth, it’s a way in
The great irony of so-called nonfiction cinema is that it is often more willfully deceptive, in its form if not its content, than fiction filmmaking. The skills required to sell the audience on a version of reality in both fiction and nonfiction filmmaking are all ultimately at the service of illusion and deceit, sleight of hand and the flick of a wand. As non-fiction techniques have come to dominate television programming since the late 90s, audiences have become as increasingly used to the time compression and sequence reordering. They’ve grown accustomed to editing cues that inform us of “winner” and “loser” narratives as Colson Whitehead recently put it. Yet by filming often underrepresented subjects in their natural habitats, by reenacting past events that are purported to have happened, the serious documentary filmmaker hasn’t necessarily moved any closer to truth than the reality TV carnival barker. In our second great irony, the documentaries that grasp literal truths and create emotional ones are those that are mindful and conscious of the lies they must tell us to do so.
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- Uber, the Gig Economy, and Labor
- What if You Could Crowdsource a Loan?
- Table Flip
- Access Denied, Internet Dark: Technology, Education, Prison
- Why LGBTQ People Need to Care about the Gender Pay Gap
- The Number of Adjuncts on Public Assistance is Startling
- Wall Street Bonuses
- Cuba and Hip Hop
- The Ottoman “Discovery” of the Indian Ocean in the 16th Century: The Age of Exploration from an Islamic Perspective
- The Qur’an and the Syriac Bible
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- Andalusi Crete and the Arab-Byzantine Frontier in the Early Medieval Mediterranean
- An abbot between two cultures: Maiolus of Cluny considers the Muslims of La Garde-Freinet
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- Religion, Science, and Empire: Classifying Hinduism and Islam in British India
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- Parsi Mumbai: The Legacy of Zoroastrianism in India’s Urban Fabric
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- Trapped Inside a Tom Waits Song
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- Who will benefit from University of California’s new “global campus”?
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- “In reality, privatization forces the mission creep of multiplying activities, ‘businesses,’ funding streams, capital projects and other debt-funded investments, which increase all sorts of non-educational costs and also administration.”
- “…a process of internal reorganization to produce the transparent cash flow metrics that were required to service the [university's] rapidly growing real estate debt.”
- Grit, privilege, and American education’s obsession with novelty
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- “It’s this, the hidden life of buildings, that makes climbing seem a reasonable wager, to bet your safety against the promise of beauty.”
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- “Wonderfully but unsurprisingly, the mechanism used to study [fault] creep is called a creepmeter.”
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- “I have a cat whose foot-pads I dye with henna/ before I put henna on my own newborns.”
- Blackness in Brown Spaces
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- “the city’s first acknowledgement on a sign designed for public reading that in the 1700s New York had an official location for buying, selling, and renting human beings.”
- Making Black Lives Expensive
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- “The middlemen who deceive and defraud workers are therefore not just flaws in the system, but the hidden levers that set it in motion.”
- Reading Racist Literature
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- “‘Isis’ has been removed from the official list of names of future hurricanes”
- The Lost Song of Blackness in Mexico
- Feeling the Gendered Labor of Fortunetelling
- “the palatable is political.”
- The Politics of LGBT Muslim Identities
- “Invoking Islam induces a temporary amnesia about the tectonics of power”
- The “Doom” Genre and Black Women
- How Drones Turned American Wars Into Manhunts and Humans Into Prey
- What happens to democracy in a cashless society?
- Third Cinema in the Third World
- “Most of the writing we do is actually a performance of stuckness”