Friday, December 15, 2017

Dialogic Cinephilia - December 16, 2017

Alexander, Jonathan. "Other People’s Children, Part 2: Stories in the Aftermath, or The Hate U Give." Los Angeles Review of Books (December 8, 2017)

Ball, Patrick. "Violence in Blue: Police Homicides in the United States." Granta #34 (March4, 2016)

Brody, Richard. "The Best Movies of 2017." The New Yorker (December 8, 2017)

Burks, Raychelle and David Hart. "Murder on the Orient Express (1974) and Assumptions." Pop Culture Case Study #282 (November 9, 2017)

Clair, Jeffrey St. and Alexander Cockburn. "Operation Paperclip: NAZI Science Heads West." Counterpunch (December 8, 2017)

Duvall, Jamey, Mike White and Alex Winter. "The Tenant (1976)." The Projection Booth #344 (October 10, 2017) ["Adapted from a book by Roland Topor (Fantastic Planet), the film also stars Polanski as Trelkovsky, a man in need of a new apartment. He finds one where the previous occupant has defenestrated herself. After her death, he's able to move in and finds that his neighbors don't like him being noisy... in fact, they don't like him being him at all. Some put this alongside Polanski's Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby as his “apartment trilogy” in which explores the terrors of urban paranoia."]

Hadley, Josh, Moe Porne and Mike White. "Terrorvision (1986)." The Projection Booth #345 (October 19, 2017) ["... offbeat horror comedy TerrorVision (1986). Written and directed by Ted Nicolaou, the film centers on the Putterman Family who, while father Stan (Gerrit Graham) is installing a new satellite dish and accidentally receive a distant transmission of a horrific hungry monster which proceeds to feast on the family including wife Rachel (Mary Woronov), son Sherman (Chad Allen), grandpa (Bert Remsen), daughter Suzy (Diane Franklin), and her metal head boyfriend O.D. (Jon Gries)."]

Koski, Genevieve, Tasha Robinson and Scott Tobias. "Lady Bird / Ghost World (2001) - Part 1." The Next Picture Show #102 (November 14, 2017) ["Greta Gerwig’s fantastic directorial debut LADY BIRD is set in 2002, when its protagonist might have recognized a contemporary kindred spirit in Enid, the protagonist of Terry Zwigoff’s 2001 coming-of-age comedy GHOST WORLD: Both characters are creatively minded outcasts who are leaving high school and facing uncertainty about their futures. In this half of our pairing of the two films, we focus on the prickly and not-quite-lovable iconoclasts who populate GHOST WORLD, discussing its garish version of the turn of the millennium, how it translates Danial Clowes’ comic of the same name for movie screens, and whether it contains the best existential fart joke ever committed to film."]

---. "Lady Bird / Ghost World (2001) - Part 2." The Next Picture Show #103 (November 16, 2017) ["We return to the dawn of the millennium to discuss Greta Gerwig’s new solo directorial debut LADY BIRD, and how it echoes the sardonic coming-of-age comedy that characterizes Terry Zwigoff’s GHOST WORLD. After parsing our individual reactions to and readings of LADY BIRD, we look at how the two films compare in terms of their view of nostalgia and mainstream culture, as well as the respective family dynamics that affect each protagonist’s view of the world."]

Lynch, David. "David Lynch." Pinewood Dialogues (February 16, 1997) [""Jimmy Stewart on Mars" was how Mel Brooks, who produced The Elephant Man, described David Lynch. The collision between the quotidian and the dreamlike has been Lynch's key theme, from the suburban nightmares of Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks to the noir netherworlds of Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive. In this discussion, just before the 1997 release of Lost Highway, Lynch demonstrates his aversion to interpretation, preferring to let viewers take what they will from the mood and texture of his films. He reveals his method of working by instinct and embracing the role of chance in his creative process."]

Pilger, John. "Why the Documentary Must Not Be Allowed to Die." Counterpunch (December 12, 2017)






Richards, Jill. "The Impossibility of Children's Cinema: On Todd Hayne's Wonderstruck." Los Angeles Review of Books (December 8, 2017)





Dialogic Cinephilia - December 15, 2017

Borden, Carol. "The Act of Killing in Comics." The Cultural Gutter (November 30, 2017)

Brooks, Kendra and Helen Gym. "Major Education Victory in Philadelphia as Parents, Teachers & Activists Reclaim Control of Schools." Democracy Now (December 13, 2017) ["We look at a major education victory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where parents, teachers and activists mounted a successful campaign to reclaim control of their local public school system after then-Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker declared it financially distressed in 2001. Under the plan, dozens of Philadelphia public schools closed, and the city saw a spike in charter schools. Community groups responded by forming a coalition to pressure Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney to return control over the School District to local voters. Last month, Mayor Kenney heeded organizers’ demands and called for the dissolution of the commission. This came as the city also elected civil rights attorney Larry Krasner as district attorney, who campaigned in part on ending the school-to-prison pipeline. We speak with Helen Gym, a longtime community activist and now a Philadelphia city councilmember, and Kendra Brooks of the “Our City, Our Schools” coalition as well as Parents United. She is the parent of two children who attend Philadelphia district schools."]

Dialogic Cinephilia Theory: Film Studies Resources for ENG 281/282  Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)
Jameson, A.D. "What Mise-en-scène Is and Why It Matters." IndieWire (June 25, 2014)

Moser, Richard. "How Corporate Power Killed Democracy." Counterpunch (December 6, 2017)

"Revoking Net Neutrality Violates Freedom of Expression." Amnesty International (December 14, 2017)

Srinivasan, Amia. "What is a Woman?" Philosophy Bites (January 1, 2017) ["'What is a woman?' may seem like a straightforward question, but as Amia Srinivasan explains, it is not quite as easy to answer as you might think. Here she discusses key feminist ideas about what a woman is, beginning with Simone de Beauvoir's ideas on the topic."]

West, Stephen. "The Frankfurt School (Part 6) - Art As a Tool for Liberation." Philosophize This (December 2, 2017)






Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dialogic Cinephilia - December 13, 2017

1. A meaningful or entertaining story, worth the proverbial price of admission. 
2. A cinematic language appropriate for the tale being told and, in the best of cases, a stretching of form that widens cinematic storytelling. 
3. A resonance that continues after the film is over - a philosophical or spiritual illumination of behavior that ... makes us better human beings.  -- Innsdorf, Annette. Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes. Columbia University Press, 2017: 11.  [Criteria used at the Berlin International Film Festival when she was on the judging panel.]

Cultural Theory/Humanities Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Eisen, Arnold. "The Opposite of Good is Indifference." On Being (September 21, 2017) ["'In a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.' A mystic, a 20th-century religious intellectual, a social change agent, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., famously saying afterwards that he felt his legs were praying. Heschel’s poetic theological writings are still read and widely studied today. His faith was as much about 'radical amazement' as it was about certainty. And he embodied the passionate social engagement of the prophets, drawing on wisdom at once provocative and nourishing."]

Guevara, Marina Walker. "Paradise Found." On the Media (November 10, 2017) ["A year and a half after the explosive leak of the Panama Papers revealed the shady, yet entirely legal, offshore banking practices of world's richest people and companies, a new trove of documents was announced: the Paradise Papers. This time, the leak discloses the financial dealings of some familiar names and faces, including members of the Trump Administration. The public officials acknowledge and defend the practice of skirting taxes through the use of havens, and deny any possible conflicts of interest. Bob speaks with Marina Walker Guevara, Deputy Director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which facilitated reporting on the documents along with hundreds of reporters around the globe. She shares how reporters from such a large network collaborate and explores what kinds of questions we should all be asking after learning that the rich and powerful play by a different set of rules than the rest of us."]

Harrington, Brooke. "Lifestyles of the Rich and Hidden." On the Media (November 10, 2017) ["A year and a half after the Panama Papers, the Paradise Papers have again thrown back the curtain on the vast world of wealth that exists in offshore tax havens. But even after the two largest data leaks in history, those in the know say that we have still barely glimpsed the extent of this ecosystem. And according to Brooke Harrington, Professor of Economic Sociology at Copenhagen Business School and author of Capital Without Borders, if we really want to understand the situation, we need to look beyond the wealthy themselves and toward the industry devoted to keeping them rich and hidden. Bob talks to Harrington about the profession of "wealth management," why it's a threat to democracy and what can be done."]

Loewinger, Micah, et al. "Swedish Cowboys & Syrian Refugees." On the Media (November 10, 2017) ["In the middle of nowhere southern Sweden, there’s a popular Wild West theme park called High Chaparral, where Scandinavian tourists relive the action of the old American cowboy films. For over a year, the park served another function: a refugee camp for some 500 of the 163,000 migrants – many from Syria – who applied for asylum in Sweden in 2015. That Syrians would find refuge here actually jibes with High Chaparral’s interpretation of the Old West, which emphasizes the new life that the frontier offered to beleaguered pioneers, and the community that was required to survive there. Americans tend to ignore this history, instead lionizing the gritty traits of the cowboy, the cultural basis for our obsession with rugged individualism. OTM producer Micah Loewinger traveled to High Chaparral last summer, where he met Abood Alghzzawi, a Syrian asylum-seeker, who embarked on an incredible journey to the Wild West of Sweden. This piece explores how politicians seized the cowboy image to further their agendas, and how questioning the narrative of the Old West might influence immigration policy."]

Lyman, Stuart. "Consequences: In a Post-Truth World, Scientific Progress Goes Boink." Lymann BioPharma Consulting LLC (January 17, 2017) 

Miller, Daniel. "Is Disney Paying Its Share in Anaheim?: The Money Battle Outside the Happiest Place on Earth." The Los Angeles Times (September 24, 2017) [Bob Garfield reports on Disney's unsuccessful retaliation against The Los Angeles Times for this article in "Who Won the Disney Boycott."]

Traister, Rebecca. "'The Anger Window' is Open." On the Media (November 14, 2017) ["New York Magazine writer Rebecca Traister says that every new revelation about sexual harassment confirms what women have always known. In her most recent article she asks "as stories about abuse, assault, and complicity come flooding out, how do we think about the culprits in our lives? Including, sometimes, ourselves.""]

Wick, Julia. "When a Billionaire Buys Your Publication." On the Media (November 10, 2017) ["For the last 20 years, the news industry has been crumbling. In an effort to stay solvent, both legacy media and digital newbies have increasingly looked toward deep-pocketed ownership to stay alive – with mixed results. One such example came last week with the sudden closure of DNAinfo and the Gothamist blog network, hyperlocal digital news outlets that provided vital reporting for the cities in which they operated. For employees, it smacked of retaliation: the closure came just one week after the NYC editorial staff had voted to unionize. When the sites came down, so did their archives, replaced with a note from billionaire owner Joe Rickettsstating that "businesses need to be economically successful if they are to endure." Bob speaks with Julia Wick who, up until that moment, served as editor-in-chief of LAist, the Los Angeles outlet in the Gothamist network."]

Cultural Theory/Humanities (Ongoing Archive)

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. -- Ray Bradbury (March 12, 1993)

1. A meaningful or entertaining story, worth the proverbial price of admission. 
2. A cinematic language appropriate for the tale being told and, in the best of cases, a stretching of form that widens cinematic storytelling. 
3. A resonance that continues after the film is over - a philosophical or spiritual illumination of behavior that ... makes us better human beings.  -- Innsdorf, Annette. Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes. Columbia University Press, 2017: 11.  [Criteria used at the Berlin International Film Festival when she was on the judging panel.]
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Alexander, Elizabeth, Maya Angelou, and Arnold Rampersand. "W.E.B. Du Bois & the American Soul." On Being (January 7, 2016) ["One of the most extraordinary minds of American and global history, W.E.B. Du Bois penned the famous line that “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line.” He is a formative voice for many of the people who gave us the Civil Rights Movement. But his passionate, poetic words and intelligence continue to enliven 21st-century life on the color line and beyond it. We bring Du Bois’ life and ideas into relief — featuring one of the last interviews the great Maya Angelou gave before her death."]

Alexander, Jonathan. "Other People’s Children, Part 2: Stories in the Aftermath, or The Hate U Give." Los Angeles Review of Books (December 8, 2017)

Alexander, Michelle. "The New Jim Crow." The UO Channel (November 15, 2012) ["For reasons that seem to have little to do with crime or crime rates, we in the United States have chosen to lock up more than two million of our citizens. The U.S. has the highest per capita incarceration rate in the world, and it is continuing to rise. Michelle Alexander, a legal scholar and former civil rights attorney, examines this phenomenon, and offers her thoughts on what she believes to be the underlying racial biases that drive the U.S. criminal justice system. Alexander’s lecture ... will be based on her recent book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010)."]

Alexander, Niall. "Aman Iman: Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor." Tor (April 9, 2014)

---. "Applied Kant: The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts." Tor (December 17, 2015)

Anderson, C. W. "Print Culture 101: A Cheat Sheet and Syllabus." The Atlantic (August 18, 2010)

Annas, Julia. "What is Virtue Ethics For?." Philosophy Bites (December 20, 2014) ["Julia Annas outlines the key features of Virtue Ethics, the approach to living well derived from Aristotle's writings, and explains what she thinks the purpose of this ethical approach is."]

Archives of Individual Films Dialogic Cinephilia (Resources collected on individual films - Ongoing Archive)

Archives of the films, by decade, that do have an individual post Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Arnove, Anthony and Viggo Mortensen. "10 Years of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History."Democracy Now (November 21, 2014)

Auiler, Dan, et al. "Vertigo." The Projection Booth #286 (August 30, 2016) ["Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is a tale of obsession which has sparked an obsession in many of its viewers.Jimmy Stewart stars as John "Scottie" Ferguson, a disgraced detective who's hired by an old friend to follow his wife, Madeline (Kim Novak), who seems to have become possessed by a spirit from San Francisco's past. Professors Tania Modleski and Susan White (no relation) join Mike to discuss the film which was ranked as the best film in the world in a 2012 Sight & Sound poll. Authors Patrick McGilligan (Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light) and Dan Auiler (Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic)."]

Bacevich, Andrew. "A Decade of War." The UO Channel (May 3, 2012) ["Andrew Bacevich discussed the U.S.’s over-reliance on military power to achieve its foreign policy aims... [and] addressed several urgently important questions: “More than a decade into the ‘Global War on Terror,’ where has that conflict taken us? What has it achieved? What has it cost? Although,” Bacevich notes, “the inclination to turn away from these questions may be strong, Americans should resist that temptation.” Andrew Bacevich was a persistent and vocal critic of the U.S. occupation of Iraq from the outset, describing George W. Bush’s endorsement of such “preventive wars” as “immoral, illicit, and imprudent.” His son, Andrew Bacevich Jr., also an Army officer, was killed in action in Iraq in 2007 at the age of 27. In 2010, Bacevich accused President Obama of “want[ing] us to forget about the lessons of Iraq.” A graduate of West Point (1969), Bacevich holds a Ph.D. in American Diplomatic History from Princeton. He taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins prior to joining the faculty at Boston University in 1998. Bacevich is the author of several books, including Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent War (2010); The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (2008); and The New American Militarism: How Americans are Seduced by War (2005). He is also the editor of a book of essays titled The Short American Century: A Postmortem (March 2012)."]

Batchelor, Stephen. "The Limits of Belief, The Massiveness of the Questions." On Being (January 14, 2006) ["Stephen Batchelor’s “secular Buddhism” speaks to the mystery and vitality of spiritual life in every form. For him, secularism opens to doubt and questioning as a radical basis for spiritual life. Above all, he understands Buddhism without transcendent beliefs like “karma” or “reincarnation” to become something urgent to do, not to believe in."]

Bates, Rebecca. "Different Ways of Lying: An Interview with Jesse Ball." The Paris Review (April 3, 2014)

Benjamin, Walter. "Theses on the Philosophy of History." Illuminations. Trans. Harry Zohn. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1968: 253 - 264.

Benton, Michael Dean. "The Many Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic." Politics and Culture #3 (2001)

---. ""Notes on Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophernia." Dialogic (February 20, 2014)

Benton, Michael Dean and Michael Marchman. "So long—it’s been good to know ya: Remembering Howard Zinn." North of Center (February 13, 2010)

Berger, John. Ways of Seeing. NY: Penguin Books, 1990.

Borden, Carol. "The Act of Killing in Comics." The Cultural Gutter (November 30, 2017)

Bortolotti, Lisa. "Irrationality." Philosophy Bites (March 19, 2015) ["We're all irrational some of the time. Yet many past philosophers have put a great emphasis on human rationality as what sets us apart, and even made it a condition of moral action. ... Lisa Bortolotti explores some different types of irrationality and the implications for human agency."]

Botton, Alain De. "The True Hard Work of Love and Relationships." On 
Being (February 9, 2017) [This is a wise discussion about personal relationships that has ramifications for how we relate in general to the broader world! Doesn't this seem like something that should be taught at an early age and that we should be having very frank discussions about. Lets dispel the myths/mystification surrounding personal relationships!]

Brotton, Jerry and Peter Frankopan. "Looking Eastwards: cultural exchange with the Islamic world." London School of Economics and Political Science (February 25, 2016) ["In this event we explore the rich interaction between east and west with Jerry Brotton, whose forthcoming book This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World explores Elizabethan England's relations with the Muslim world, and Peter Frankopan, whose recent book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World looks at world history from the perspective of this trading route of culture and ideas."]
Brown, Alex. "Black Excellence: Honoring Kwanza Through Science Fiction." TOR (December 5, 2017)

Brown, Barrett. "The Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Prison: Stop Sending Me Jonathan Franzen Novels." The Intercept (October 6, 2015)

Brown, Eric. "Plato's Ethics and Politics in The Republic." Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Last revised August 31, 2009)

Brown, Jitu, et al. "When We Fight, We Win: New Book Showcases Social Movements & Activists Transforming the World." Democracy Now (January 5, 2016)

Brown, Wendy. "When Firms Become Persons and Persons Become Firms: Neoliberal Jurisprudence in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores." The London School of Economic and Political Science (July 1, 2015) ["In the United States, the extension of civil liberties to corporations is transforming democracy through rights adjudication. Best known in this regard is Citizens United v. The Federal Election Commission, the 2010 Supreme Court decision permitting corporate funding to flood the U.S. electoral process on the basis of corporate rights to free speech. In 2014, Burwell vs Hobby Lobby granted firms the right to the free exercise of religion, and hence the ability to withhold insurance coverage of abortions and abortifacients for their employees. This lecture explores the neoliberal logic of the Hobby Lobby decision, makes an argument about the transformations of democracy these decisions entail, and concludes with a critique of Foucault’s formulation of the relation of law, state and economy in neoliberalism."]

Bush, George W., et al. "The Two Georges: A Dramatic Reading of George Orwell's Classic Work 1984 & Pres. George W. Bush." Democracy Now (June 25, 2003) ["On the 100th birthday of author and journalist George Orwell, we spend the hour featuring excerpts from his classic work, "1984," the book that introduced the terms "Big Brother," "thought police," "newspeak" and "doublethink." We broadcast portions of excerpts of 1984 read by Charles Morgan and June Foray and produced by Paul Vangelisti over a quarter of a century ago for Pacifica Radio. We also feature clips from President Bush, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Fox New’s Bill O’Relly, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Sen. Robert Byrd and broadcast footage of Donald Rumsfeld meeting with Saddam Hussein in 1983."]

Camia, Giovanni Marchini. "How to Teach Cinema." Keyframe (January 14, 2017) ["Because our children are being stabbed through their souls by insipid tentpoles."]

Carey, Alex. Taking the Risk Out of Democracy: Studies in Corporate Propaganda. (Posted on Youtube: June 4, 2012) [""The twentieth century has been characterised by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy." - Alex Carey This compelling book examines the twentieth-century history of corporate propaganda as practiced by U.S. businesses and its export to and adoption by other western democracies, chiefly the United Kingdom and Australia. A volume in the series The History of Communication, edited by Robert W. McChesney and John C. Nerone."]

Cayley, David, et al. "How to Think About Science, Parts 1 - 24." Ideas (January 2, 2012) ["Modern societies have tended to take science for granted as a way of knowing, ordering and controlling the world. Everything was subject to science, but science itself largely escaped scrutiny. This situation has changed dramatically in recent years. Historians, sociologists, philosophers and sometimes scientists themselves have begun to ask fundamental questions about how the institution of science is structured and how it knows what it knows. David Cayley talks to some of the leading lights of this new field of study."]

"City Lights Resistance Reading List." Abandon All Despair Ye Who Enter Here (January 11, 2017)

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. "Bodily Safety: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Police Shootings." Making Contact (July 1, 2015) ["When journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates set out to write about police killings he went to visit Mable Jones. Back in 2000, Jones son, a friend of Coates from their time at Howard University, was shot and killed by police in Virginia. He was twenty five years old. Written in the form of a letter to his own teenage son, Coates’ book “Between the World and Me” puts police shootings in a wider context."]

---. "On Police Brutality: 'The Violence is Not New, It’s the Cameras That are New.'" Democracy Now (September 7, 2015) ["Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of an explosive new book about white supremacy and being black in America. Titled "Between the World and Me," it is written as a letter to his teenage son, Samori. In July, Ta-Nehisi Coates launched the book in his hometown of Baltimore. He spoke at the historic Union Baptist Church."]

---. "Reads from His Block-Buster Memoir Between the World and Me." Building Bridges (August 11, 2015) €["Readers of his work in The Atlantic (including his June 2014 feature The Case for Reparations) and elsewhere know Ta-Nehisi Coates for his thoughtful and influential writing on race in America. Written as a series of letters to his teenaged son, his new memoir, Between the World and Me, walks us through the course of his life, from his neighborhood in Baltimore in his youth, to Howard University—which Coates dubs “The Mecca” for its revelatory community of black students and teachers —to the broader Meccas of New York and Paris. Coates describes his observations and the evolution of his thinking on race, from Malcolm X to his conclusion that race itself is a fabrication, elemental to the concept of American (white) exceptionalism. Ferguson, Trayvon Martin, and South Carolina are not bumps on the road of progress and harmony, but the results of a systemized, ubiquitous threat to “black bodies” in the form of slavery, police brutality, and mass incarceration."]

Cobb, William Jelani and Orlando Patterson. "‘The Changing Same’: Race in America." Open Source (March 12, 2015)

The Corporation (Canada: Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbot, 2003: 145 mins)

Critchley, Simon. "On Suicide." Philosophy Bites (February 16, 2015)

Critchley, Simon, Brooke Gladstone and Eugene Thacker. "In the Dust of this Planet." Radiolab (September 8, 2014)

Curtis, Adam and John Taylor Gatto. "Slaphappiness Machines (Engineering America's Faux Democracy - Part 1)." Unwelcome Guests #315 (July 16, 2006)

---. "Ephors and Citizens (Engineering America's Faux Democracy - Part 2)." Unwelcome Guests #316 (July 23, 2006)

---. "The Policeman in Your Head (Engineering America's Faux Democracy - Part 3)." Unwelcome Guests #317 (July 30, 2006)

---. "Gilded Cage (Engineering America's Faux Democracy - Part 4)." Unwelcome Guests #318 (August 6, 2006)

Dialogic Cinephilia Theory: Film Studies Resources for ENG 281/282  Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Diaz, Junot. "Radical Hope is Our Best Weapon." On Being (September 14, 2017) ["'From the bottom will the genius come that makes our ability to live with each other possible. I believe that with all my heart.' These are the words of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dominican-American writer Junot Díaz. His hope is fiercely reality-based, a product of centuries lodged in his body of African-Caribbean suffering, survival, and genius."]

Egan, Jennifer."On Cops and Mobsters." New Yorker Radio Hour (October 6, 2017) ["A lot of people first heard the name Jennifer Egan when her innovative book “A Visit from the Goon Squad,” which contained a chapter written as a teen-ager’s PowerPoint presentation, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, in 2011. But Egan was no overnight success: Goon Squad was her fourth novel—if it was a novel—and she published her first story in The New Yorkernearly thirty years ago. But she’s kept experimenting since then, and a few years ago she wrote a short story entirely in tweets, called “Black Box.” Compared to that, Egan’s new novel, “Manhattan Beach,” is “more of an escapist book,” she tells David Remnick. It starts during the Depression, and it’s about a girl who goes to work in a shipbuilding yard in Brooklyn during the Second World War. It involves false identities, a possible murder, and the mob—an old-fashioned page turner. It also reflects her ethnic identity as an Irish-American, and her grandfather’s life in the Chicago police. But that didn’t make it any easier to write. Putting out a novel, Egan finds, is murder no matter how you slice it."]

Eisen, Arnold. "The Opposite of Good is Indifference." On Being (September 21, 2017) ["'In a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.' A mystic, a 20th-century religious intellectual, a social change agent, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., famously saying afterwards that he felt his legs were praying. Heschel’s poetic theological writings are still read and widely studied today. His faith was as much about 'radical amazement' as it was about certainty. And he embodied the passionate social engagement of the prophets, drawing on wisdom at once provocative and nourishing."]

Fazli, Shehryar. "The Legacy of Eric Garner: Policing Still Going Wrong." Los Angeles Review of Books (December 11, 2017)

Fernandez, Toniann. "White Man On a Pedestal." Paris Review (November 29, 2017)

Film/Media Poetics/Politics Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

George, Joe. "Watchmen: A Tale of Care and Understanding." TOR (December 6, 2017)

George, Maxwell. "The Music of Kentucky." Oxford American (November 21, 2017)

Giroux, Henri, Kathleen Higgins and Jason Stanley. "The Truth about 'Post-Truth.'" Ideas (July 18, 2017) ["The election of Donald Trump has ignited talk that we're now living in a "post-truth" era. But are we? Where does the idea that the truth no longer exists come from? Or the notion that the truth doesn't matter anymore? Host Paul Kennedy talks to thinkers who argue that the story began years earlier, with a kind of collective identity crisis: authoritarianism can become attractive when you no longer remember who you are."]

Jameson, A.D. "What Mise-en-scène Is and Why It Matters." IndieWire (June 25, 2014)

Keeley, Matthew. "The Best Way to Approach The Book of the New Sun." TOR (December 4, 2017)

Laino, Paige. "Painting the American Dream at Guantánamo." The Paris Review (November 30, 2017)

Loewinger, Micah, et al. "Swedish Cowboys & Syrian Refugees." On the Media (November 10, 2017) ["In the middle of nowhere southern Sweden, there’s a popular Wild West theme park called High Chaparral, where Scandinavian tourists relive the action of the old American cowboy films. For over a year, the park served another function: a refugee camp for some 500 of the 163,000 migrants – many from Syria – who applied for asylum in Sweden in 2015. That Syrians would find refuge here actually jibes with High Chaparral’s interpretation of the Old West, which emphasizes the new life that the frontier offered to beleaguered pioneers, and the community that was required to survive there. Americans tend to ignore this history, instead lionizing the gritty traits of the cowboy, the cultural basis for our obsession with rugged individualism. OTM producer Micah Loewinger traveled to High Chaparral last summer, where he met Abood Alghzzawi, a Syrian asylum-seeker, who embarked on an incredible journey to the Wild West of Sweden. This piece explores how politicians seized the cowboy image to further their agendas, and how questioning the narrative of the Old West might influence immigration policy."]

McIntosh, Erik. "Viewer Beware: We Need More LGBTQ TV Role Models For Kids." The Los Angeles Review of Books (November 30, 2017)

Pilger, John. "Why the Documentary Must Not Be Allowed to Die." Counterpunch (December 12, 2017)

Rusert, Britt. "Introduction." Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African-American Culture. New York University Press, 2017: 1-22.

Short Films/Videos Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Simon, David. "The Deuce Charts the Rise of Pornography." The New Yorker Radio Hour (September 29, 2017) ["David Simon believes in the dignity of labor, “even when it’s undignified.” What “The Wire” (which he created) did for the drug trade in Baltimore, “The Deuce,” also on HBO, does for sex work and the beginnings of the pornography industry in New York, in the seventies. Critics have compared Simon not so much to other television showrunners as to novelists like Dickens; Simon’s work is similarly wide in scope, with large casts, and aims to create a picture of a whole world. At bottom, he wants to follow the money from the street to the bosses to the politicians. But though Simon is sympathetic to the sex workers he depicts in “The Deuce,” and even to some of the pimps and mobsters who exploit them, he is unambiguously critical of porn’s effect on America. He tells David Remnick that porn—universally available on the Internet in its most extreme forms—has warped a whole culture toward misogyny."]

Starr, Elana. "Ideology and Cinema." (Course materials: N.D.)

Tavanier, Yana Buhrer. "Fight Injustice with Art and Empathy." TED Talks (Posted on Youtube: December 5, 2017)

West, Stephen. "The Frankfurt School - Introduction." Philosophize This #108 (August 17, 2017) ["The Frankfurt School, also known as the Institute of Social Research (Institut für Sozialforschung), is a social and political philosophical movement of thought located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. It is the original source of what is known as Critical Theory. The Institute was founded, thanks to a donation by Felix Weil in 1923, with the aim of developing Marxist studies in Germany. The Institute eventually generated a specific school of thought after 1933 when the Nazis forced it to close and move to the United States, where it found hospitality at Columbia University, New York."]

---. "The Frankfurt School (Part 2) - The Enlightenment." Philosophize This #109 (August 26, 2017)

---. "The Frankfurt School (Part 3) - The Culture Industry." Philosophize This #110 (September 7, 2017)

---. "The Frankfurt School (Part 4) - Eros." Philosophize This #111 (October 20, 2017)

---. "The Frankfurt School (Part 5) - Civilization." Philosophize This #112 (November 6, 2017)

---. "The Frankfurt School (Part 6) - Art As a Tool for Liberation." Philosophize This (December 2, 2017) 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dialogic Cinephilia - December 12, 2017

Charaborty, Ranjani. "The U.S. Medical System is Still Haunted by Slavery." Vox (December 7, 2017)

Cook, John, Ullrich Ecker and Stephan Lewandosky. "Misinformation and How to Correct It." Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. ed. Robert Scott and Stephan Kosslyn. John Wiley and Sons, 2015: 1-17. ["The increasing prevalence of misinformation in society may adversely affect democratic decision making, which depends on a well-informed public. False information can originate from a number of sources including rumors, literary fiction, mainstream media, corporate-vested interests, governments, and nongovernmental organizations. The rise of the Internet and user-driven content has provided a venue for quick and broad dissemination of information, not all of which is accurate. Consequently, a large body of research spanning a number of disciplines has sought to understand misinformation and determine which interventions are most effective in reducing its influence. This essay summarizes research into misinformation, bringing together studies from psychology, political science, education, and computer science. Cognitive psychology investigates why individuals struggle with correcting misinformation and inaccurate beliefs, and why myths are so difficult to dislodge. Two important findings involve (i) various “backfire effects,” which arise when refutations ironically reinforce misconceptions, and (ii) the role of worldviews in accentuating the persistence of misinformation. Computer scientists simulate the spread of misinformation through social networks and develop algorithms to automatically detect or neutralize myths. We draw together various research threads to provide guidelines on how to effectively refute misconceptions without risking backfire effects"]

Diaz, Junot. "Radical Hope is Our Best Weapon." On Being (September 14, 2017) ["'From the bottom will the genius come that makes our ability to live with each other possible. I believe that with all my heart.' These are the words of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dominican-American writer Junot Díaz. His hope is fiercely reality-based, a product of centuries lodged in his body of African-Caribbean suffering, survival, and genius."]

Egan, Jennifer."On Cops and Mobsters." New Yorker Radio Hour (October 6, 2017) ["A lot of people first heard the name Jennifer Egan when her innovative book “A Visit from the Goon Squad,” which contained a chapter written as a teen-ager’s PowerPoint presentation, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, in 2011. But Egan was no overnight success: Goon Squad was her fourth novel—if it was a novel—and she published her first story in The New Yorkernearly thirty years ago. But she’s kept experimenting since then, and a few years ago she wrote a short story entirely in tweets, called “Black Box.” Compared to that, Egan’s new novel, “Manhattan Beach,” is “more of an escapist book,” she tells David Remnick. It starts during the Depression, and it’s about a girl who goes to work in a shipbuilding yard in Brooklyn during the Second World War. It involves false identities, a possible murder, and the mob—an old-fashioned page turner. It also reflects her ethnic identity as an Irish-American, and her grandfather’s life in the Chicago police. But that didn’t make it any easier to write. Putting out a novel, Egan finds, is murder no matter how you slice it."]

"Merriam-Webster's 2017 Words of the Year: Feminism, dotard, gaffe, syzygy, and 6 more of the top lookups in 2017." Merriam-Webster (December 12, 2017)

Richards, Cecile. "Meet the Miss USA Contestant Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct as Senators Call for Him to Resign." Democracy Now (December 12, 2017) ["Five senators are now calling on President Trump to resign over allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted women, and 56 House lawmakers with the Democratic Women’s Working Group are calling for a congressional investigation into the allegations. This comes as three of the 16 women who have publicly accused Trump of sexual harassment held a press conference Monday in New York, demanding that Congress take action. We speak with one of them: Samantha Holvey, a former Miss USA contestant for North Carolina when Trump owned the pageant. We are also joined by Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and we play an excerpt from the Brave New Films documentary 16 Women and Donald Trump."]





Simon, David. "The Deuce Charts the Rise of Pornography." The New Yorker Radio Hour (September 29, 2017) ["David Simon believes in the dignity of labor, “even when it’s undignified.” What “The Wire” (which he created) did for the drug trade in Baltimore, “The Deuce,” also on HBO, does for sex work and the beginnings of the pornography industry in New York, in the seventies. Critics have compared Simon not so much to other television showrunners as to novelists like Dickens; Simon’s work is similarly wide in scope, with large casts, and aims to create a picture of a whole world. At bottom, he wants to follow the money from the street to the bosses to the politicians. But though Simon is sympathetic to the sex workers he depicts in “The Deuce,” and even to some of the pimps and mobsters who exploit them, he is unambiguously critical of porn’s effect on America. He tells David Remnick that porn—universally available on the Internet in its most extreme forms—has warped a whole culture toward misogyny."]

Strether, Lambert. "Class and Beyond: Case-Deaton’s 'Deaths of Despair,' Embodiment, and Neoliberal Epidemics." Naked Capitalism (December 11, 2017)

"Word of the Year 2017: Feminism."  Merriam-Webster (December 12, 2017)


"things are not what they seem," A Video Essay by Susana Aho from MGFX UConnDMD on Vimeo.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Dialogic Cinephilia - December 11, 2017

Barton, Ryland. "Rep. Dan Johnson Accused Of Molestation. Both State Political Parties Call For Resignation." Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (December 11, 2017)

Cheney-Lippold, John. "Introduction." We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Digital Selves. New York University Press, 2017: 3-36.

Factcheck ["We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding."]

Fazli, Shehryar. "The Legacy of Eric Garner: Policing Still Going Wrong." Los Angeles Review of Books (December 11, 2017)

Kiang, Jessica, Lyttelton Oliver and Drew Taylor. "The Best Horror Films of 2017." The Playlist (December 11, 2017)

Marshall, Sarah. "Making an Ice Queen: I, Tonya shows how a person is turned into a villainess." The Baffler (December 11, 2017)

PR Watch [“Every day, companies and their front groups are spending millions of dollars to benefit narrow corporate interests in ways that hurt the lives and livelihoods of people in every state – and they are trying to do this from the shadows. Our investigative work is focused on giving regular people a clear view into the deep-pocketed billionaires, pay-to-play groups and corporations that that are damaging our democratic institutions.” – Lisa Graves, Executive Director of CMD.]

Racism/Apartheid Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Rusert, Britt. "Introduction." Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African-American Culture. New York University Press, 2017: 1-22.

SourceWatch ["The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) publishes SourceWatch, this collaborative, specialized encyclopedia of the people, organizations, and issues shaping the public agenda.SourceWatch profiles the activities of front groups, PR spinners, industry-friendly experts, industry-funded organizations, and think tanks trying to manipulate public opinion on behalf of corporations or government. We also highlight key public policies they are trying to affect and provide ways to get involved. In addition, SourceWatch contains information about others who help document information about PR spin, such as reporters, academics, and watchdog groups."]


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Racism/Apartheid (Ongoing Archive)

I am shocked that the NYTimes ran this powerful piece, but glad. This is a conversation we need to have. The author expresses what so many have been feeling - namely that peaceful protests have proven useless in recent years and so perhaps it makes sense to tell Baltimore officials to stop protecting the police or watch the city burn. I absolutely understand this sentiment and I've heard it expressed in various ways many times. There are a number of reasons why I disagree with violence as strategy, but in the short space here I'll just say one thing: As I see it, the reason nonviolent protests haven't yet achieved what many have hoped is NOT because the protests have been nonviolent, but rather because the problems and demands are often defined quite narrowly, and the tactics are typically reactive. There is a big difference between protesting when tragedies happen - marching in the streets with pastors asking for a few officers to be indicted - and building a nonviolent revolution against an unjust system. At its best, the Civil Rights Movement used nonviolence as a means of deliberately and strategically withdrawing all cooperation with a fundamentally unjust system. Think of the Montgomery Bus Boycott which nearly destroyed the bus system and rocked the city as a whole. Think of the Freedom Riders who refused to cooperate with or abide by segregation laws, throwing much of the South into an apoplectic state. And think of Dr. King, who at the end of his life said that the time had come to recognize the critical difference between a reform movement and a revolutionary movement, and urged advocates to work for a "radical restructuring of our society." At the time King was murdered, he was developing plans to bring a nonviolent army of poor people to Washington, DC and shut the nation's capitol down until Congress agreed to honor the basic human rights of all people to work for a living wage, live in decent housing, and obtain quality education. He wanted to paralyze the entire system of government and force a reckoning. In recent years much of that revolutionary spirit seems to have been lost or forgotten, particularly on MLK day when school children are taught the importance of nonviolence but not the importance of organized, nonviolent rebellion against injustice. Fortunately I see awakening today in so many young people - from Ferguson to Sanford to NYC to New Orleans to Chicago to Oakland to Baltimore and beyond - a fire and yearning for radical change that will not be satisfied by politics as usual or mere tinkering with the machine. We would not even be having this conversation today if it wasn't for the bold and courageous young people in Ferguson who inspired uprisings nationwide. Nonviolent protest forced a national conversation that politicians have tried to avoid for decades. We have more power than we realize, but we must use it strategically and proactively - not just sporadically and reactively. To this author I say: Don't burn Baltimore down. Shut it down. Let's use nonviolence as a strategic tool for revolutionary change, not as a polite response to predictable tragedy. -- Michelle Alexander on Facebook referring to the Baltimore Uprising and D. Watkins "In Baltimore, We Are All Freddie Gray": April 29, 2015)


Ferguson Speaks: A Communique From Ferguson from FitzGibbon Media on Vimeo.



Abdurrahman, Sarah. "My Detainment Story or: How I learned to Stop Feeling Safe in My Own Country and Hate Border Agents." On the Media (September 20, 2013)

Abu-Jamal, Mumia. "Mumia Abu Jamal Responds To Grand Jury Not Indicting Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson." Law and Disorder Radio (December 1, 2014)
---. "The United States Is Fast Becoming One of the Biggest Open-Air Prisons on Earth." Democracy Now (February 1, 2013)

Abu-Jamal, Mumia and Michael Parenti. "Created Unequal (Law, Money and Mumia Abu-Jamal)." Unwelcome Guests #6 (April 12, 2000)

Alexander, Michelle. "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Jim Crow." We Are Many (September 12, 2012)

---. "Telling My Son About Ferguson." The New York Times (November 26, 2014)

Allen, Holly. "Scenes From Ferguson—and Beyond: Demonstrators react to a grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown." Slate (November 25, 2014)

"AMERICA'S FRONT PAGES OF FERGUSON AFTERMATH (PHOTOS)." The Daily Beast (November 25, 2014)

"Anaheim: A Tale of Two Cities." Faultlines (December 12, 2012)

Aronoff, Kate. "Understanding the Ferguson Riots as a Symptom of Violence." Truthout (August 20, 2014)

Arrowood, Emily. "Here Are The Conservative Pundits Branding Black Lives Matter A 'Hate Group'." Media Matters (September 2, 2015)

Barghouti, Mustafa. "Is There Room for Gandhi in Palestine?" Open Source (April 30, 2010)

Barnes, Mandela. "Ferguson, NYC, Milwaukee: Protests Erupt as Officer Cleared in Killing of Unarmed Dontre Hamilton." Democracy Now (December 24, 2014)

Barry, Dante and Alicia Garza. "'Not One More Darren Wilson, Not One More Mike Brown': National Protests Continue Ferguson Struggle." Democracy Now (December 1, 2014)

Bastone, William. "Was Key Grand Jury Witness in Michael Brown Case a Racist, Mentally Ill, Lying Ex-Felon?" Democracy Now (December 17, 2014)

Bell, Lawrence and Jesse Jackson. "National Guard Deployed as Baltimore Erupts After Years of Police Violence, Economic Neglect." Democracy Now (April 28, 2015)

Bell, Lawrence, Eddie Conway and Dominique Stevenson. "'Running While Black': Protests Swell over Death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore Police Custody." Democracy Now (April 23, 2015)


Berman, Taylor. "Obama: "There’s No Excuse for the Kind of Violence We Saw Yesterday"Gawker (April 28, 2015) [MB: His comments start at the one hour point and you should listen to point 6 were he discusses "structural racism" in America]

Biggers, Jeff. "Chained Ethnic Studies Students Take Over School Board in Tucson." Common Dreams (April 27, 2011)

"Black Lives Matter: Ferguson Erupts After Grand Jury Clears Officer in Michael Brown Killing."Democracy Now (November 25, 2014)

"Black Youth-Organized Millions March NYC Draws Tens of Thousands in Movement’s Biggest Protest Yet." Democracy Now (December 15, 2014)

Blumenthal, Max. "Max Blumenthal At “Against Israeli Apartheid” in New York City" Law and Disorder Radio (April 7, 2014)["... a speech by award winning journalist, and best selling author Max Blumenthal speaking at the event Against Israeli Apartheid along with Palestinian journalist Ali Abunimah. Max’s new book Goliath: Life and Loathing In Greater Israel shows the reader how the Netanyahu right wing government is actually moderate compared to most other institutions in Israel. His book takes a hard look at Israeli authoritarian politics from a cross section of interviews, from the homes of Palestinian activists to the political leaders behind the organized assault on democratic rights."]

Boguhn, Alexandrea and Coleman Lowndes. "Geraldo Rivera And The Victim-Blaming Of Black Teenagers." Media Matters (August 20, 2014)

Boehlert, Eric. "Obama, Race, And The Right-Wing Media's Heckler's Veto ." Media Matters (August 20, 2014)

Briquelet, Kate. "Bloods and Crips Team Up to Protest Baltimore’s Cops." The Daily Beast (April 27, 2015)

"The Brown Army Faction: A Disturbing New Dimension of Far-Right Terror." Der Spiegel (November 14, 2011)

Brown, Cecil. "Tarantino's "Django: Unchained": Hollywood’s Nigger Joke." Counterpunch (January 1, 2012)

Butler, Anthea. "Police in Ferguson Keep Praying and Preying." Religion Dispatches (August 20, 2014)

Buttar, Shahid, Carl Dix and Michael McPhearson. "From Ferguson to Staten Island: Building Resistance to Police Terror." Building Bridges (August 27, 2014)

Bynes, Patricia. "Armed w/ Military-Grade Weapons, Missouri Police Crack Down on Protests over Michael Brown Shooting." Democracy Now (August 14, 2014)

---. "Ferguson Unrest Continues as Police Accused of Incitement & Michael Brown’s Killer Remains Free." Democracy Now (September 29, 2014)

Bynes, Patricia and Renita Lamkin. "Facing National Outcry, Ferguson Police Drop Military-Grade Gear as Protests Continue Over Shooting." Democracy Now (August 15, 2014)

Carrie, Shawn. "What everyone gets wrong about violence in Ferguson." The Daily Dot (November 18, 2014)

Casselman, Ben. "It’s Incredibly Rare For A Grand Jury To Do What Ferguson’s Just Did." Data Lab (November 24, 2014)

Charaborty, Ranjani. "The U.S. Medical System is Still Haunted by Slavery." Vox (December 7, 2017)

Chappelle-Nadel, Maria. ""They Are All Michael Brown": State Senator Defends Protesters Seeking Justice in Police Shooting." Democracy Now (August 20, 2014)

Christie, Gloria. "Ferguson Police Threaten, Restrain and Arrest Journalists, Is This A New Police State?" Addicting Info (August 19, 2014)

Ciccariello-Maher, George and Mike King. "American Blowback: Cop-on-Cop Crime in LA." Counterpunch (February 8, 2013)

Clair, Jeffrey St. and Alexander Cockburn. "Operation Paperclip: NAZI Science Heads West." Counterpunch (December 8, 2017)

Cleaver, Kathleen, Danny Glover and Brian Jones. "The Black Power Mixtape." We Are Many (May 7, 2014) ["The New School and Haymarket Books present: Danny Glover, Kathleen Cleaver, and Brian Jones discussing the new book: The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975. Moderated by School of Media Studies Assistant Professor, Michelle Materre. The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 -- 1975 is an extraordinary window into the black freedom struggle in the United States, offering a treasure trove of fresh archival information about the Black Power movement from 1967 to 1975 and vivid portraits of some of its most dynamic participants, including Angela Davis and Stokely Carmichael. The book — like the documentary film that inspired it — includes historical speeches and interviews by: Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Eldridge Cleaver, Bobby Seale, Huey P. Newton, Emile de Antonio, and Angela Davis. And it also features new commentary voiced by: Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis, Robin Kelley, Abiodun Oyewole, Sonia Sanchez, Bobby Seale, John Forte, and Questlove."]

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. "Barack Obama, Ferguson, and the Evidence of Things Unsaid: Violence works. Nonviolence does too." The Atlantic (November 26, 2014)

---. "Bodily Safety: On Police Shootings." Making Contact (July 1, 2015) ["When journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates set out to write about police killings he went to visit Mable Jones. Back in 2000, Jones son, a friend of Coates from their time at Howard University, was shot and killed by police in Virginia. He was twenty five years old."]

---. "The United States of Ferguson." Moyers and Company (December 5, 2014)

Cobb, Jelani and Osagyefo Sekou. "Riot as the Language of the Unheard: Ferguson Protests Set to Continue In Fight For Racial Justice." Democracy Now (November 25, 2014)

Conason, Joe. "Missouri Burning: Why Ferguson's Inferno Is No Surprise." Truthdig (August 19, 2014)

Constantino, Bobby. "I Got Myself Arrested So I Could Look Inside the Justice System: A former prosecutor fights the law and lets it win." The Atlantic (December 17, 2013)

"Continued injustice, continued response (#BaltimoreUprising)." Best of the Left #920 (May 8, 2015)

Cooke-Rivers, Jacqueline, Glenn Loury and Brandon M. Terry. "Ferguson is Everywhere." Radio Open Source (December 4, 2014)

Cooper, Brittney. "A racial state of emergency: How we prepare for devastation in Ferguson."Salon (November 19, 2014)
Crawford, Jarmahl, Peniel Joseph and Isabel Wilkerson. "Stokely Carmichael and Black Power." Radio Open Source (March 6, 2014)

Crimethinc. "What They Mean When They Say Peace." Libcom (August 23, 2014)

Crump, Benjamin and Al Sharpton. " Legacy of Civil Rights Movement Shows Need for Feds to Bring Justice if State Fails." Democracy Now (November 26, 2014)

Cullors, Patrice and Darnell L. Moore. "Ferguson protests to #FergusonNext: 5 paths to progress, after non-indictment." The Guardian (November 24, 2014)

D, Davey. "Ferguson: Police Draw Guns on Rosa Clemente, Talib & Others." Hip Hop and Politics (August 20, 2014)

---. "Report Backs from the Front lines of Ferguson & LA Over Police Shootings." Hip Hop and Politics (August 19, 2014)
---. "Wanted for Killing 3, Christopher Dorner’s Claims of Racism, Corruption Resonate with LAPD’s Critics." Democracy Now (February 11, 2013)

Davidson, Helen. "Ferguson protests continue after second police shooting." The Guardian (August 20, 2014)

Davis, Natalie Zemon. "World-Renowned Historian Natalie Zemon Davis Pleads Case of Steven Salaita with U-Illinois." Informed Comment (August 29, 2014)
Devereaux, Ryan. "A Night in Ferguson: Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas, and a Jail Cell." The Intercept (August 19, 2014)

---. "Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas and Jail: Ferguson Police Crack Down on Journalists Covering Protests." Democracy Now (August 20, 2014)

Devereaux, Ryan, Sunita Patel and Nicholas Peart. "Testimony, Recordings at Trial Reveal the Racial Biases and Arrest Quotas Behind NYPD’s Stop & Frisk." Democracy Now (April 4, 2013)

Downes, Nathaniel. "Anonymous To ID Michael Brown’s Killer – Already Has Paralyzed Ferguson." Addicting Info (August 14, 2014)
Dubal, Veena. "Presumed Guilty: American Muslims and Arabs (9-11 Encore Edition)." Making Contact (September 6, 2011)

Ellis, C.P. "Why I Quit the Klan." American Dreams Lost and Found (Interviewed by Studs Terkel: 1980)

"End Mass Incarceration Now!" The New York Times (May 25, 2014)

"Entertainer Sings 'Bad, Bad Michael Brown' At Ex-Police Charity Dinner (video)." Crooks and Liars (December 23, 2014)

Epstein, Hedy. "Stop the Violence from Ferguson to Gaza: 90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Arrested in St. Louis." Democracy Now (August 20, 2014)

Estep, Bill. "Lexington attorney sues Clay Co. officials over strip search at jail." Lexington Herald-Leader (June 8, 2011)

Eugenics and Other Ethical Issues (Biotechnology 101) Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Archive)

Fazli, Shehryar. "The Legacy of Eric Garner: Policing Still Going Wrong." Los Angeles Review of Books (December 11, 2017)

Feige, David. "The Independent Grand Jury That Wasn’t: The Ferguson prosecutor’s bizarre, self-justifying press conference revealed his own influence." Slate (November 25, 2014)

"Ferguson: Brown jury decides not to charge officer." BBC World News (November 25, 2014)

"Ferguson October: Thousands March in St. Louis for Police Reform & Arrest of Officer Darren Wilson." Democracy Now (October 13, 2014)

"Ferguson reacts to grand jury decision LIVE UPDATES." RT (November 25, 2014)

"Ferguson Syllabus." Sociologists for Justice (2014)

Freedom Riders (USA: Stanley Nelson, 2012: 117 mins)

Friedersdorf, Connor. "The Brutality of Police Culture in Baltimore." The Atlantic (April 22, 2015) ["Years of abuses are every bit as egregious as what the Department of Justice documented in Ferguson, Missouri, and as deserving of a national response."]

Gaffney, Adam. "A History of Putting a Price on Everything: Why policymakers calculate the cost of life and death, sickness and health." The New Republic (December 1, 2017)

Gartrell, Nate and Katie Nelson. "More than 40 arrested in Oakland as protesters block freeway, set fires after Ferguson cop not indicted." San Jose Mercury News (November 24, 2014)

Gillam, Carey. "Police in Ferguson committed human rights abuses: Amnesty report." Reuters(October 24, 2014)

Giroux, Henry A. "Racism and the Aesthetic of Hyperreal Violence: Pulp Fiction and Other Visual Tragedies." Social Identities 1:2 (1995): 333-354.

Goodman, Amy. "The Ghost of Dred Scott Haunts the Streets of Ferguson." Truthdig (August 20, 2014)
---. "Troy Davis and the Politics of Death." TruthDig (September 13, 2011)

Gott, Molly. "End-of-Year Round-up for Ferguson Protests: More than 600 Arrests, At Least 18 Still in Jail with Serious Charges." More (December 31, 2014)

Graeber, David. "Ferguson and the Criminalization of American Life." Gawker (March 19, 2015)

Graham, David A. "The Absence of Legitimate Authority in Baltimore." The Atlantic (April 28, 2015)

Greenwald, Glenn. "The Militarization of U.S. Police: Finally Dragged Into the Light by the Horrors of Ferguson." The Intercept (August 14, 2014)

Hanarahan, Noelle and Stephen Vittoria. "'Long Distance Revolutionary': Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Journey from Black Panthers to Prison Journalist." Democracy Now (February 1, 2013)

"Hate and Extremism." Southern Poverty Law Center (Ongoing Archive and Mapping)

"How black women are leading the #BlackLivesMatter movement." America Tonight (December 18, 2014)

"Huffington Post Reporter Arrested in Ferguson." Huffington Post (August 13, 2014)

Hussain, Sophia. "Ferguson and the normalization of black murder." Verso (August 25, 2014)

Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights. "Tea Party Nationalism." (Special Report: Fall 2010)

Janis, Stephen. "Baltimore: Problems And Conditions Precipitating Police Brutality In The Community!" Building Bridges Radio (May 4, 2015)

Jensen, Robert, et al. "The Psychology of Transition: Undoing Millennia of Social Control." Unwelcome Guests #597 (March 31, 2012)

Jolna, Karon and Aviva Dove-Viebahn, eds. Gender, Race and Class: From the Pages of Ms. Magazine, 1972 - Present.  (ND)

Kersgaard, Scot. "Alabama gives birth to a new civil rights movement." The Colorado Independent (November 16, 2011)

Kimmell, Michael. "Toward a Pedagogy of the Oppressor." Tikkun (November/December 2002)

King, Martin Luther, Jr. "Letter From a Birmingham Jail." African Studies Center of University of Pennsylvania (April 16, 1963)

Kinzer, Stephen and William Murphy, Jr. "US Wars and Social Control (From Regime Change Abroad to the War on Drugs at Home)." Unwelcome Guests #304 (April 30, 2006) ["In our first hour, this week, Stephen Kinzer, whose book, Overthrow, details the US empire's long history of instigating regime change, both the public pretext and the real interests at play. In our second hour, William Murphy Jr speaks about the "War On Drugs"."]

Knight, Michael Muhammad. "The Innocence of White People." Vice (September 18, 2012)

Kuldova, Tereza. "Lookism: Why we don't want to be perceived as "ugly" or "different." Antropologi (December 13, 2011)

Laden, Greg. "#Ferguson Police Are At Your Door." Science Blogs (August 14, 2014)

Lavender, George and Jasmin Lopez. "Oakland Reacts to #Ferguson in photos and audio." Making Contact (November 25, 2014)

Lemieux, Jamilah. "Baltimore Been Burning." Ebony (April 28, 2015) ["AS THE STREETS OF BALTIMORE EXPLODE WITH RAGE FOLLOWING THE POLICE KILLING OF FREDDIE GRAY, JAMILAH LEMIEUX SAYS NO ONE SHOULD BE SURPRISED."]

Leonnig, Carol D., Kimberly Kindy and Joel Achenbach. "Darren Wilson’s first job was on a troubled police force disbanded by authorities." The Washington Post (August 23, 2014)
López, Ian Haney. "The Dog Whistle Politics of Race." Moyers & Company (February 28, 2014)

---. "Dog Whistling About ISIS — and Latinos Too." Moyers & Co. (September 30, 2014)

Love, David A. "Baltimore Police spin news of gangs uniting to protest into ‘credible threat’." Grio (April 28, 2015)

Ludwig, Mike. "As Police Continue Ferguson Crackdown, Protesters Vow to Keep Taking the Streets." Truthout (August 19, 2014)

Maddow, Rachel. "Benton Harbor's Emergency Financial Manager." Rachel Maddow Show (April 19, 2011)

Mackey, Robert. "Russia, Iran and Egypt Heckle U.S. About Tactics in Ferguson." The New York Times (August 20, 2014)

Marty, Robin. "Four Things You Probably Don't Know About the Ferguson Protests." Truthout (August 24, 2014)

Mathias, Christopher and Carly Schwartz. "Protesters Shut Down Three New York City Bridges In Reaction To Ferguson Decision." Huffington Post (November 25, 2014)

Maté, Aaron. "'You Can Replace Property, You Can’t Replace a Life': Voices of the Unheard in the Baltimore Streets." Democracy Now (April 29, 2015)

McBride, Michael. ""Not Acceptable in a Civilized Society": Pastor on Ferguson Police Targeting Traumatized Youth." Democracy Now (August 20, 2014)

McLemee, Scott. "CLR James and African American Liberation." We Are Many (June 18, 2009)

Medina, Daniel A. "In Pakistan and Ferguson, the real risks of bringing children to protests became clear this week." Quartz (August 20, 2014)

"Michael Brown." Democracy Now (Ongoing Archive)

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