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New School In Exile: Final Push

As we’ve noted before, the New School In Exile, a student activist group at New York City’s New School university, has pledged to shut the school down on April 1 if university president Bob Kerrey doesn’t resign. With that deadline now just five days away and Kerrey still ensconced in the president’s office, NSIE is […]

New Series — Margaret Mead and James Baldwin’s “A Rap on Race”

In August 1970 James Baldwin and Margaret Mead sat down to talk about race, culture, history, and the United States of America. Mead, 68 years old, white, and liberal, was the most famous anthropologist on the planet. Baldwin, 46, black, living in exile in France, was one of the most prominent novelists of his era. […]

The Weird, Evolving Story of the New School Occupation

Ten days ago a group of students from campuses across New York City occupied a suite of rooms at the New School at 90 Fifth Avenue. They set up a blog, released a statement, and settled in to work. The space the group was occupying, however, wasn’t owned by the New School itself but was […]

New Series — Margaret Mead and James Baldwin’s “A Rap on Race”

In August 1970 James Baldwin and Margaret Mead sat down to talk about race, culture, history, and the United States of America. Mead, 68 years old, white, and liberal, was the most famous anthropologist on the planet. Baldwin, 46, black, living in exile in France, was one of the most prominent novelists of his era. […]

Quote of the Day – On Slacktivism

“The fact that barely committed actors cannot click their way to a better world does not mean that committed actors cannot use social media effectively. … Indeed, the best practical reason to think that social media can help bring political change is that both dissidents and governments think they can. All over the world, activists […]