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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
Coney Island at the Crossroads

Coney Island at the Crossroads

The City of New York’s Comprehensive Development and Rezoning Plan for Coney Island would reduce to 9 acres from 15 a city-owned open-air amusement park north of the Boardwalk between KeySpan Park and the New York Aquarium. It would transform the area into a year-round entertainment district, with abundant retail and as many as 5,000 [...]

Posted: Sep 17th, 2008 | Comments: 3
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
The Rockefeller Foundation Jane Jacobs Medal 2008 Awards Ceremony

The Rockefeller Foundation Jane Jacobs Medal 2008 Awards Ceremony

Pioneering urbanist Jane Jacobs’ research led to the 1961 publication of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, now considered a seminal work in the field of urban planning. The book was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, which established the Jane Jacobs Medal in 2007. The 2008 Jane Jacobs Medal winners—Peggy Shepard and Alexie [...]

Posted: Sep 8th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis

Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis

When George Bush took office in 2001, North Korea’s nuclear program was frozen. Kim Jong-Il had signaled to the outgoing Clinton administration he was ready to negotiate an end to his missile program. Today, North Korea has become a full-fledged nuclear power, with enough fissile material to stage an underground test in 2006 and manufacture [...]

Posted: Aug 7th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Breaking Ground with Bill T. Jones: Harlem, Cultural Capital: Naming The Future

Breaking Ground with Bill T. Jones: Harlem, Cultural Capital: Naming The Future

What is the future of Harlem as a cultural capital? Bill T. Jones moderates the third in Breaking Ground, a series of Harlem community dialogues. Bill T. Jones is the co-founder and artistic director of the Arnie Zane Dance Company. Participants include Omar Freilla, Green Workers Cooperative founder; Bakari Kitwana, author; Voza Rivers, executive producter [...]

Posted: Jun 18th, 2008 | Comments: 0
China’s Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges

China’s Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges

When Beijing first sought to host the Olympics, China was still recovering from the upheavals of Maoist rule and adapting to a market revolution. Today, in a time of rapid transition in China, human rights have emerged as a central concern around the 2008 Beijing Olympics. How are China’s leaders managing the Olympic process and [...]

Posted: Jun 18th, 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
From Soundbites to Solutions Part One: Candidates, Campaigns and the Politics of Bias

From Soundbites to Solutions Part One: Candidates, Campaigns and the Politics of Bias

The 2008 presidential primaries brought race, gender and age issues to the front page, whether warranted or not. In public and in private, Americans hashed out what an election should and could look like, and in what ways this one fell short. This first of two panels focuses on the problems, realities and conundrums faced [...]

Posted: Jun 17th, 2008 | Comments: 0
The Impact of Listening and Being Heard

The Impact of Listening and Being Heard

For some veterans it takes years before they choose to speak about their war experiences. And some veterans never do. What happens when veterans finally share their stories? How does it feel to be heard? And how are we, as listeners, affected? This discussion is moderated by Philip Napoli, curator of the oral history exhibit [...]

Posted: Jun 11th, 2008 | Comments: 1
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