In her book-in-progress, literature scholar Tabea Linhard examines a network of writers exiled in Mexico while fascist forces overtook parts of Europe. With maps and textual analysis, she examines how Mexico City’s thriving international antifascist community came to be. (Photo: Anna Seghers, whose writing incensed the Gestapo, published this book with an exile press, El Libro Libre, in Mexico.)
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.

Portrait of Christopher Lebron
Black Lives Matter emerged from the intense period of activism in Ferguson following the police shooting of Michael Brown with extreme momentum and visibility. But the movement is no shooting star, says philosophy professor Christopher Lebron. Jeffrey McCune writes about Lebron, #BlackLivesMatter and his related project “Oral Histories of Ferguson.”

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.


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