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Trafficking the Traffickers: Undercover Ethnography in the Organs Trafficking Underworld

Trafficking the Traffickers: Undercover Ethnography in the Organs Trafficking Underworld

Nancy Scheper-Hughes studies the covert activities surrounding organ transplants by renegade surgeons, international organized crime networks, local kidney hunters and so called transplant tourists engaged in ‘back-door’ and illicit transplants. Her Organs Watch project blends genres and transgresses long-standing distinctions between anthropology, documentation, journalism, scientific reporting, political engagements, and human rights. Nancy Scheper-Hughes is The [...]

Posted: Oct 6th, 2008 | Comments: 2
Branding Democracy: Barack Obama and the American Void

Branding Democracy: Barack Obama and the American Void

Simon Critchley examines Obama’s subjectivity, the existential detachment that seems to haunt him, and its relation to democracy. When democracy is promoted as a brand, it can be seen to generate many desires, such as participation, freedom of expression, a sense of belonging, and the promise of individual success—all embodied in the notion of “liberty.” [...]

Posted: Sep 18th, 2008 | Comments: 2
Moyers on Democracy

Moyers on Democracy

One of the country’s most prominent and respected journalists, Bill Moyers has been a founding organizer of the Peace Corps, a senior White House assistant and press secretary to President Lyndon Johnson, publisher of Newsday, senior news analyst for CBS News, and producer or host of many groundbreaking series on public television. Moyers on Democracy [...]

Posted: Sep 16th, 2008 | Comments: 0
From Soundbites to Solutions Part Two: How the Media Influence and Reflect Political Realities

From Soundbites to Solutions Part Two: How the Media Influence and Reflect Political Realities

The 2008 presidential primaries brought race, gender and age issues to the front page, whether warranted or not. This second of two panels focuses on the roles and responsibilities of both the media and the public, in how they both react to and shape the political climate. Panelists include Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent [...]

Posted: Jun 17th, 2008 | Comments: 1
FDR and the New Deal

FDR and the New Deal

The late Arthur Schlesinger Jr., the great scholar of the New Deal, liked to talk about how the best historians know that history is “an argument without end.” Now a new generation of authors has taken up that argument, and it’s as controversial as ever. Join columnists Amity Shlaes and Jonathan Alter as they square [...]

Posted: May 27th, 2008 | Comments: 0
The Nation: Politics at the Center of the Storm

The Nation: Politics at the Center of the Storm

A pioneering political blogger with The Nation’s “Online Beat” and the magazine’s Washington correspondent, John Nichols is one of America’s most respected political writers and experts on impeachment and the constitution. Mr. Nichols shares stories and viewpoints from the center of the political world, touching on the 2008 presidential election, as well as the contemporary [...]

Posted: Mar 25th, 2008 | Comments: 2
The Nation: Reflections from the Editor

The Nation: Reflections from the Editor

Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, America’s oldest weekly magazine, will reflect on the magazine’s 142-year history and offer her views on the role of The Nation in turbulent political waters. Ms. vanden Heuvel will share some of her plans for the growth of the magazine and discuss the challenges facing print [...]

Posted: Feb 26th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Katha Pollitt & Anna Quindlen in Conversation

Katha Pollitt & Anna Quindlen in Conversation

Katha Pollitt, a columnist for THE NATION, speaks with fellow journalist and writer Anna Quindlen about personal and political writing. The forum was held at The CUNY Graduate Center for Humanities.

Posted: Nov 5th, 2007 | Comments: 0
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