Magic in Central Park and Other Amazing Feats

August 1, 2017 nyupressblog 1

—Maureen Meister
The recently rebuilt boat landings on the Lake in Central Park have inspired Meister to analyze how people think about reconstructions. Why are some praiseworthy and others cheesy? Quality and intent both matter. When reconstructions are grounded in a people’s attachment to a special place, such as Central Park, the new work can be splendid and even admirable.

Stonewall: Losses, Gains, Reflections

June 29, 2017 nyupressblog 0

—Christina Crosby
Remembering Stonewall, the losses that come with the celebration of normalcy, and reconsidering pride as but an aspect of a movement for gay liberation and the ongoing struggle for sexual power and possibility.

The spirit of Pride

June 23, 2017 nyupressblog 0

—Katherine McFarland Bruce
Since 1970, Pride parades have challenged the everyday cultural stigma of being queer in America, all with a flair and sense of fun absent from typical protests.

Irish-Americans: Remember from whence you came

March 17, 2017 nyupressblog 0

—Paul Moses
On this St. Patrick’s Day in the midst of a bitter national debate over immigration, Paul Moses remembers John F. Kennedy’s A Nation of Immigrants. “The Irish,” wrote Kennedy, “were the first to endure the scorn and discrimination later to be inflicted, to some degree at least, on each successive wave of immigrants by already settled ‘Americans.’ ”

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