Sowande' Mustakeem, a scholar of the Atlantic slave trade, considers the redeeming strengths and teachable moments of Nate Parker's 2016 film The Birth of a Nation, whose controversies may have cost the film its shot at Oscar gold.
Moonlight is not a coming-out story, says Jeffrey McCune, associate professor of women, gender and sexuality studies and African and African-American studies. Rather, this tale is centered on intimacy and difference, as the characters challenge prevailing scripts about black masculinity.
Readers have long sought to extend the pleasure of beloved books, says Amy Pawl, a scholar of children’s (and English) literature. In the most recent filmic addition to the Harry Potter canon, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," Pawl finds the promise of more and an audience eager for the next chapter.
If Dadaist Raoul Hausmann's 1918 poster poem “fmsbw” has you feeling a little befuddled, that’s the point. The arrangement of letters and punctuation must be read within its media-historical context, says Kurt Beals.
Amy Eisen Cislo, a scholar of women, gender and sexuality studies, describes the expansive universe of gender identity — a zone of widespread misunderstanding but increasing visibility. New federal health and education guidelines, as well as a growing recognition of the people who populate the transgender community, necessitate a firm understanding of the issues.
Literary scholar Erin McGlothlin reminds us that, in reading the accounts of Holocaust survivors, the moment of liberation for people who survived extermination and concentration camps — such as this group of women departing Auschwitz in January 1945 — should not provide for readers primarily a cathartic experience. That "whew" effect can draw attention away from the most troubling and most common stories of the Holocaust: the fate of those who did not survive.
When the Gran Chaco liquid separation plant opened in August 2015, it was touted as a "new chapter in the history of the petroleum business in Bolivia." Anthropologist Bret Gustafson looks beyond the capitalist triumph to examine the energy sector's impact on the area's people and environment.
There's an old admonition to "never let a crisis go to waste." Today's upheaval in higher education provides an apt time to reflect on what institutions truly value and move to bolster them, writes Provost Holden Thorp.
For the late 19th-century denizens of Argentina and Uruguay’s Río de la Plata region, the greatest show on earth was the Creole circus. William Acree, a scholar of Latin American literature and culture and a Faculty Fellow in the Center for the Humanities, walks us through the phenomenon.