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On Subversion, or Students are People, too

I do not consider myself a very subversive person, but I have recently discovered one aspect of my teaching could be very subversive indeed, judging by conversations that I have had recently with colleagues from various departments. And, although this subversion is relatively easy with 25 students, it is one

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The Knowledge Economy and the Legacy of Marx

Yesterday, I had a lovingly contentious debate with my brother regarding the merits of this article, which compares Marx’s predictions to our contemporary reality. We both agreed that it was grossly oversimplified (he from the perspective of its analysis of today’s economy, and I with respect to its analysis of Marx),

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Invisibility Project #1: The alleyway

Location: Alleyway connecting MLK and 21st between Guadalupe and San Antonio. Nearby Businesses or Landmarks: McDonald’s, Cornucopia, Veggie Heaven, People: Occasional homeless, employees of any of the above businesses, Usually uninhabited. Animals: Pigeons Trash: Yes. Empty restaurant containers, papers, posters Transit: Yes. In cars or walking. Alleyways are by nature

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The Archive and the Commons

So many recent posts on this blog have addressed the place of the archives in the world of the humanities today. I am inclined to agree with Hannah Alpert-Abrams’ diagnosis that there is a certain materiality to old texts that is simply lost with digitization, yet maintaining (and visiting) traditional archives

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Humanities in the University Setting

In a recent article hailing the downfall of the humanities in college study, Lee Siegel praises the decline of majors in the humanities and lambasts the scholarly study of literature as being overly scientific, claiming that literature needs no ‘specialized knowledge’ or ‘mastery of skills’, but rather simply that one

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La caja 507

The most recent films of Enrique Urbizu illustrate an interesting thematic trend: both La caja 507 and No habrá paz para los malvados depict Spain and its people as victims at the center of vast conspiracies involving international capital. In La caja 507, Modesto Pardo lives in an unnamed town

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