Why are we still talking about autism and vaccines? (And why is DeNiro asking us to?)

April 27, 2016 nyupressblog 1

—Jennifer A. Reich
Actor Robert DeNiro hand-picked the documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe to show at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, which he founded. The film, which has since been removed after widespread criticism, explores well-traveled terrain. The controversy over the its inclusion in the festival provides evidence that this conversation isn’t going anywhere for one simple reason: no one can prove a conspiracy doesn’t exist.

Beyond Monogamous Marriage in House of Cards

April 20, 2016 nyupressblog 0

—Mimi Schippers
Unlike most mainstream media that feature representations of “extramarital affairs” as a signifier of bad character or as a cautionary tale, HOC offers both a positive representation of polyamory and a narrative glimpse of its potential to take us “beyond [traditional] marriage” by encouraging us to rethink relationships, gender, and sexuality.

Stop forgetting Filipino Americans

April 20, 2016 nyupressblog 2

—Anthony C. Ocampo
The New York Times featured the op-doc “Conversation With Asian-Americans on Race”. It included Asian Americans of different ethnicities and religions testifying about the impact of race on their lives, however, no Filipinos were featured, even though they are the second-largest Asian American group in the country.

NYU Press celebrates 100 years

April 19, 2016 nyupressblog 0

On April 17th, 1916, New York University Press was founded by action of the University Council’s Board of Trustees. An effort initiated by Chancellor Elmer Ellsworth Brown, who stated its purpose to be: “to publish contributions to higher learning by eminent scholars”.

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