Remembering the Radicalism of Frederick Douglass

February 25, 2017 nyupressblog 0

—Nicholas Buccola
For Douglass, the fundamental principle at stake was not the rule of law, but the natural rights of the individual. After all, the rule of law is not worth loving for its own sake, but rather because we deem it to be a crucial safeguard of our rights. The rule of law, in Douglass’ words, “is for the protection of rights” and when it fails to serve this function, it undermines its own legitimacy.

African-American History in the Age of Black Lives Matter

February 19, 2017 nyupressblog 0

—Akinyele Umoja
History is a weapon that should provide inspiration and the tools to critically analyze the past to move forward. Let us challenge efforts for African-American History Month and Black culture and heritage to be used for Black marginalization and disenfranchisement.

Resistance Now and Then

February 1, 2017 nyupressblog 0

—Gerald Horne
African American history provides a textbook for resistance against oppressors and points in a similar direction: that is, to be effective in the U.S., resistance—dialectically—must be global.

Jacob Neusner (1932–2016)

October 17, 2016 nyupressblog 0

—Aaron W. Hughes
Jacob Neusner, among the most published academics in history, passed away on October 8 at the age of 84. Neusner devoted his life to integrating the study of Judaism into the American Humanities. What, if anything, has changed in our post-Neusner world?

The Adopted Diaspora’s Return to Korea

August 16, 2016 nyupressblog 0

—Catherine Ceniza Choy
South Korea plays a central role in the history of international and transracial adoption. What happens when the adopted Korean diaspora returns to the homeland beyond a temporary visit? And what might artistic production by and about Korean international adoptees who have returned to live in Korea say about the history and contemporary state of international adoption?

Fethullah Gülen: public intellectual or public enemy?

August 8, 2016 nyupressblog 0

—Joshua D. Hendrick
The implications of Turkey’s failed military coup are deeply concerning for Turkey, the region and the world. The Turkish government insists Fethullah Gülen orchestrated the coup, and are demanding both domestic and international cooperation to bring him and his alleged co-conspirators to justice. What do we know about this man and his movement?

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