Current Events Filter
  1. Hobby Lobby’s Parallel Universe of Antiquity Studies

    From Fiona Greenland: “You don’t have to be a Near Eastern specialist to be concerned about the broader outcomes of a private group, with a pronounced political and religious agenda, having the power to control the empirical underpinnings of a discipline.”

    Academia
  2. On Grief, Patton Oswalt’s Engagement, and “the Heart’s Expansion”

    In a powerful viral post, Erica Roman — who lost her husband in April 2016 — replies to Patton Oswalt’s online detractors after the comedian (and widower) announced his recent engagement.

    Commentary
  3. Silhouette of a Refugee Woman: A Conversation with Meryem

    Meet Meryem, a refugee from Aleppo, Syria, working to build a life in Turkey while navigating the racism and sexism that accompany being a migrant and a woman.

    Current Events
  4. Black Lives Matter

    Learn about the history of the Black Lives Matter movement and how to get involved at its official site.

    Current Events
  5. Fifteen Artists Choose 10 Songs to Celebrate Canada 150

    At the Calgary Herald, a playlist that covers wide swaths of Canadian music, from the iconic (Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen) to the new and emerging.

    Art
  6. Pandaemonium

    Based in London, journalist and author Kenan Malik writes about religion, politics, and current events, touching on hot-button topics with patience and a critical distance.

    Commentary
  7. Mother Jones Magazine

    Now powered by WordPress.com VIP, award-winning Mother Jones is a reader-supported news nonprofit focused on independent and investigative reporting on politics, climate change, education, and more.

    Commentary
  8. Stop Telling Me to Stay in My Lane. There Are No Lanes Anymore.

    “Politics does not stick to one lane. It veers across the highway, crashing into ambulances and school buses and running over the occasional bunny. Sometimes it jumps the railing and comes careening into our homes.”

    Commentary
  9. Erin J. Bernard, Essayist

    From reflections on pop culture to thoughtful takes on politics in Portland and beyond, Erin J. Bernard’s site offers her perspective on a wide range of topics.

    Commentary
  10. Inventing (the) English: Racism, Multilingualism and Medieval Studies

    “The medieval past is being weaponised by a group of people who would be disgusted by the reality of the racial past they so fondly imagine.” Rachel Moss on the alt-right’s fascination with (and distortion of) medieval history.

    Commentary
  11. It’s Not What You Think

    “It’s possible that, along with grunge, Generation X’s other great gift to society is depression.” In his tribute to Chris Cornell, Rich Larsen reflects on despair, aging, and his generation’s struggles with mental health.

    Commentary
    Image by Andreas Eldh (CC BY 2.0)
  12. Cuba Counterpoints

    At Cuba Counterpoints, writers and scholars look at the culture and politics of a rapidly changing, increasingly open Cuba.

    Commentary
  13. Seriously, the Guy Has a Point

    Greg Fallis writes about Fearless Girl and Charging Bull — the two sculptures staring each other down in Lower Manhattan — and about the difficulty of engaging others in nuanced arguments.

    Art
    Image by Anthony Quintano (CC BY 2.0)
  14. The Elements of Bureaucratic Style

    Colin Dickey examines the syntax and bureaucratic voice in an email from United CEO Oscar Munoz: “Munoz employs the passive voice at key moments to make it clear that there are no other actors in this drama other than Dao.”

    Business
  15. All Rise

    Greenpeace Board of Directors chair Karen Topakian, one of the activists arrested for hanging a “RESIST” banner on a crane over the White House, recounts her sentencing day.

    Current Events
    Photo by Joe Flood via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)