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Harper Library, University of Chicago

Confucius Institutes censor political discussions and restrain the free exchange of ideas. Why, then, do American universities sponsor them?

Emily Brady’s Humboldt explains why the legalization of pot could cause the biggest economic bust in California’s history.

How did the US-Mexican border become the place where the American past chokes on itself?

Selma to Montgomery march, 1965. (Bruce Davidson/Magnum)

A history of the fight for voting rights and the movement to restrict them once again.

Jia Zhangke, Touch of Sin, Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Jia Zhangke’s Touch of Sin, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, and other highs (and lows) from the New York Film Festival.

Denise Levertov, poetry, Donna Krolik Hollenberg, A Poet’s Revolution, ballet

Denise Levertov’s poetic communion with the world.

Sign of Netanyahu

Max Blumenthal’s carelessly constructed case against the Jewish state won’t help the occupation’s victims. 

amnesia, memory, psychology, neuroscience, Suzanne Corkin, Henry Gustav Molaison

What the modern science of memory owes to the amnesiac patient H.M.

Benjamin Franklin, Enlightenment, museums, Charles Wilson Peale

For all its postmodern flair, the revamped Benjamin Franklin Museum is surprisingly traditional and constrained.

Blogs

Shirley Temple Black passed away Monday night. She was 85 years old. 

February 11, 2014

Recall Philip Seymour Hoffman's "uncensored journey into democracy in America."

 

 

February 3, 2014

The singer and activist’s enduring remorse over his friend’s death is a testament to his compassion. 

January 29, 2014

Musically, Seeger was both a songwriter and, like his idol Woody Guthrie, a great interpreter of America’s most resonant folk traditions.

January 28, 2014

In a life of memorable moments, one of the most important was the day Seeger sang “Give Peace a Chance” with half a million people.

January 28, 2014

The legendary American folk singer and activist died Tuesday at the age of 94. 

January 28, 2014

Eric with the latest reviews. 

January 27, 2014

Robert Hatch’s conflicted review of Stanley Kubrick’s great satire, released fifty years ago this week.

January 25, 2014

The Israeli musician shares his thoughts on the American Jewish community and collaborating with Palestinian artists.

January 16, 2014

NPR does a segment on Following the Ninth, a new film co-produced by Greg Mitchell.

January 14, 2014