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For posts before June 2012, please follow these links to our archives.

Cardboard People

Lollie Butler
A heavy burden we all carry in 2020: What’s missing? asks Arizona poet Lollie Butler. People, smiles and faces.

Friedrich Engels at 200: A Revolutionary Historian

Christian Hogsbjerg History Workshop
November 28, 2020 marks the bicentenary of the birth of Friedrich Engels. The German revolutionary philosopher made pathbreaking and profound contributions to modern social and political theory, playing a critical role in developing classical Marxism

The World Henry Ford Made

Justin H. Vassallo The Boston Review
A new global history of Fordism from the Great Depression to the postwar era.

New Show Tackles Food Issues Around the World

Lindsay Campbell Modern Farmer
Sophia Roe, a Brooklyn-based chef and food advocate, wants to mobilize food conscious consumers and celebrate those responsible for feeding people. “Food is the single most important thing that we can put in our bodies outside of water,” she says.

These Days, Mississippi

Ann Fisher-Wirth About Place Journal
Mississippi poet Ann Fisher-Wirth addresses the persistence of racial injustice at Ole Miss and elsewhere: “I grieve/I cannot march.”

Walter Mosley’s Incredible Speech - National Book Awards

Walter Mosley Literary Hub
Walter Mosley's incredible speech from last month's National Book Awards, receiving The Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters - the first African American man to receive this award.