Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Resources for October 28, 2015

Mahler, Jonathan. "What Do We Really Know About Osama bin Laden’s Death?" The New York Times (October 18, 2015)

Buchheit, Paul. "Higher Education: Capitalism at Its Most Despicable." BuzzFlash (October 26, 2015)

Henriksen, Lance, Mike Mayo and Edward G. Pettit. "Near Dark." The Projection Booth #122 (July 9, 2013) ["Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark is a hybrid vampire film in which "The V Word" is never uttered. We discuss this film, penned by screenwriter Eric Red, and other vampire flicks this episode."]

Lourdes (Austria/France/Germany: Jessica Hausner, 2009: 96 mins) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Nymphomaniac: Volume 1 (Denmark/Germany/France/Belgium/UK: Lars von Trier, 2013); Nymphomaniac: Volume 2 (Denmark/Belgium/France/Germany/UK: Lars von Trier, 2013) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

"Aldous Huxley on Drugs, Democracy, and Religion." Brain Pickings (March 25, 2014)

Shapiro, Ryan. "Why Did the FBI Label Ryan Shapiro's Dissertation on Animal Rights a Threat to National Security?" Democracy Now (March 25, 2014) ["Over the past decade, Ryan Shapiro has become a leading freedom of information activist, unearthing tens of thousands of once-secret documents. His work focuses on how the government infiltrates and monitors political movements, in particular those for animal and environmental rights. Today, he has around 700 Freedom of Information Act requests before the FBI, seeking around 350,000 documents. That tenacity has led the Justice Department to call him the "most prolific" requester there is — in one year, two requests per day. It has also led the FBI to claim his dissertation research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology would "irreparably damage national security." Shapiro discusses his methodology in obtaining government documents through FOIA requests, and the details that have emerged therein about the crackdown on animal rights activists."]

Richardson, Marque and Justin Simien. "Dear White People: Film Tackles Racial Stereotypes on Campus & Being a 'Black Face in a White Space'." Democracy Now (March 24, 2014) ["As colleges across the country, from Harvard to University of Mississippi, continue to witness racism on campus, we look at a new film that tackles the issue through comedy and satire. "Dear White People" follows a group of black students at a fictional, predominantly white, Ivy League school. One of the main characters, Sam, hosts the campus radio show "Dear White People," where she confronts the racist stereotypes and dilemmas faced by students of color. Racial tensions on campus come to a head when a group of mostly white students throw an African-American-themed party, wearing blackface and using watermelons and fake guns as props. We speak to actor Marque Richardson and award-winning, first-time director Justin Simien."]

Erickson, Megan. "Are We Winning?" Jacobin (October 28, 2015) ["The Obama administration’s new rhetoric on testing shows the tide may be turning against corporate education reformers."]

McLemee, Scott. "Isn't It Shocking?" Inside Higher Ed (October 28, 2015)

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