During World War II, Belarus lost nearly all of its Jewish population to the Nazis’ favored method of extermination in the Soviet territories: mass shootings near the cities and towns where they lived. Faculty Fellow Anika Walke studies the effect of war and genocide on its survivors.

The proliferation of junk-knowledge about Syria — in the form of memes, websites, videos and biased news reporting — makes it an apt site to question the physical and metaphorical litter of contemporary politics. Anne-Marie McManus and Nancy Reynolds write about the toxic consequences of the visible and invisible “stuff” that flows and distorts landscapes.
A magnified view of cholera, or vibrio cholerae.
A cholera outbreak in Zambia in 2017 undoes a progressive experiment with urban governance and reverses the ruling party’s comfortable hold on power. Urban humanities scholars Samuel Shearer and Waseem-Ahmed Bin-Kasim highlight the historical and contemporary politics of the urban microbiome.

Santo Domingo, May 1965, during the U.S. invasion of the Dominican Republic. Two months earlier, U.S. combat troops officially landed in Vietnam. The graffiti expresses a Latin-Asian solidarity against Cold War intervention: Yankees out of Vietnam. Faculty Fellow Long Le-Khac writes that Latinx and Asian American literatures reflect shared artistic practices, histories and social challenges.


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