"Who would want to live in a society stripped of the Arabian Nights stories? Faced with the prospect of a closed, isolationist culture, who wouldn’t want to cry, Open Sesame?"
Who would want to live in a society stripped of the Arabian

One Thousand and One Appropriations | Commonweal Magazine

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About 60,000 out of the 400,000 settlers currently living in the West Bank are American—roughly 15 percent. But the Americans who came to Israel in the 1960s and ’70s defy today’s common stereotypes about settlers.
About 60000 out of the 400000 settlers currently living in the West

Israeli Settlers Weren't Always So Religious—They Were Once Secular Hippies

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As we enter what looks like our own time of troubles, Czeslaw Milosz's poetry and his life offer a reminder of what it meant, and what it took, to survive the twentieth century.
As we enter what looks like our own time of troubles Czeslaw

Czeslaw Milosz’s Battle for Truth

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“How did we arrive at this point where a fantastical entity could be so present, so prevalent in political thinking? Why do so many Muslim and non-Muslim political leaders, intellectuals, and religious figures comfortably base many of their arguments and decisions on the idea of the Muslim world without reflecting on the accuracy of the generalization that this term signifies?”
How did we arrive at this point where a fantastical entity could

The Idea of the Muslim World

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Zaid Safi
"Gould’s ideas remain vital because today’s reactionary racism isn’t an entirely new development. Rather, it extends the one Gould struggled against throughout his career."
Goulds ideas remain vital because todays reactionary racism isnt an entirely new

Remeasuring Stephen Jay Gould

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"The best book on the unthinkable subject we are all thinking about." -- The New York Times
"The best book on the unthinkable subject we are all thinking about" The New York Times

Impeachment — Raoul Berger | Harvard University Press

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Duke Callaway
Silas Gray
John B. Geddie
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, a freely available online resource, lets visitors search through and analyze information on nearly 36,000 slave voyages that occurred between 1514 and 1866.
The TransAtlantic Slave Trade Database a freely available online resource lets visitors

A Digital Archive of Slave Voyages Details the Largest Forced Migration in History

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Duke Callaway
Tonight in Los Angeles, An Evening with the National Book Awards:
Tonight in Los Angeles An Evening with the National Book Awards:

An Evening with the National Book Awards

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"In the past, shared values and interests rather than shared religion typically allowed for the creation of alliances among people from varied backgrounds. Those are exactly the kinds of alliances that need to be forged today."
In the past shared values and interests rather than shared religion typically

The Myth of the Muslim World

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Sanjay Kdixit
“Like sex, money is overflowing with meaning, giving rise to countless synonyms that never really designate what it is.”
Like sex money is overflowing with meaning giving rise to countless synonyms

What is Money, Anyway?

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Sanjay Kdixit
"I urge my students to read “Native Realm,” because Milosz had already written about it all — the xenophobia, the seeking-out of enemies responsible for our economic and political crises, the lure of false ideals that promise comfort and sense in our lives. The Devil’s temptations. I just hope that the book will help them retain noncaptive minds."
I urge my students to read Native Realm because Milosz had already

Opinion | Why Czeslaw Milosz Still Matters

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My regular contributions to Black Perspectives concern social movements and the carceral state. This month, at the request of the blog editors, I am contributing something in a different vein: publishing. I welcome the departure from the themes I normally write about; publishing is hard, often opaqu...
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Proposing Your Audience: Writing the Book Proposal – AAIHS

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André Bartholomeu Fernandes
Duke Callaway
Bidwell Ikpe
"We’re missing out on a fierce mind when we reduce her to a spinster perseverating alone in her room writing poems to the ether."
Were missing out on a fierce mind when we reduce her to

Emily Dickinson Was Less Reclusive Than We Think

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Jim Mccrary
John Francis
Three translators, all finalists for the French-American Foundation's 2017 Translation Prize, talk craft:
Three translators all finalists for the FrenchAmerican Foundations 2017 Translat

Recognition for Translators

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"It is the dignity of same-sex love that Frank places at the centre of this book. Dignity and the promise of equality. And so I sit here looking out over the clouds, crying happy tears that I have equal dignity in the eyes of the law to marry – as do millions of gay and lesbian Americans – thanks to decades of lobbying, activism and struggle. Crying because we have equal worth just the way we...
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It is the dignity of samesex love that Frank places at the

Awakening: How Gays and Lesbians Brought Marriage Equality to America, by Nathaniel Frank

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Pete Herrera
Why are people pretty good at evaluating arguments made by others, but so awful at assessing our own? Evolution.
Why are people pretty good at evaluating arguments made by others but

Placing reasoning research in evolutionary context, a new book probes the haphazard ways we form opinions

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"It does give parents more choice. The big question is, does it provide choice for better education?"
It does give parents more choice The big question is does it

Why There's A Renewed Push To Privatize Public Education

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