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Guenter Grass

Günter Grass not only taught us about German history, but also ourselves.

Gunther Grass

Ariel Dorfman talks morality and the legacy of a literary giant

Judith Malina and Julian Beck

The founder of the Living Theater was absolute about her principles as a pacifist anarchist, yet never dismissive or judgmental toward those who didn’t share them.

Daniel Schecter

“Danny Schechter News Dissector” set the precedent for media understanding in the modern age.

Ernest Sternglass

The first scientist to put a number on US nuclear deaths dies at 91. 

Bob Simon

Longtime CBS News correspondent Bob Simon died in a car accident at 73.

Eric Foner (EdX Channel/ YouTube)

“Rights can be won, and rights can be taken away. Achievements are always vulnerable.”

Ambassador Robert E. White

Fired by Nixon, reprimanded by Kissinger, and dismissed by Haig, tireless defender of human rights in Latin America, Robert White, dies at 88.

In his electrifying 1984 convention speech, Cuomo forged a new liberal vision drawn from his own ethnic experience.

Rabbi Leonard Beerman

Many will rightly remember Rabbi Leonard Beerman for his political and moral advocacy. My memories of him are of a more personal nature.

Blogs

Each generation seems condemned to have to prove the obvious anew: slavery created the modern world, and the modern world’s divisions are the product of slavery.

May 1, 2015

Eduardo Galeano taught us not to be embarrassed for refusing to acclimate to the horrors of the present.

April 13, 2015

Few stars campaigned harder for the anti-war candidate’s 1972 presidential bid.

March 2, 2015

The last week has seen the deaths of three sports trailblazers who in different ways brought us all closer together.

March 2, 2015

The ’60s crooner was a pioneer for women’s and LGBT rights in the entertainment industry and for social justice everywhere.

February 19, 2015

The New York Times columnist championed journalism and humanity.

February 13, 2015

Dean Smith will be remembered for his legendary coaching career. He should also be remembered for taking unpopular stands for social justice. 

February 9, 2015

My sportswriting mentor and hero Mike Marqusee has died. If you don’t know his work, here is a time to learn it.

January 13, 2015

He fought for social justice and peace--with a twinkle in his eye.

December 29, 2014

Chomsky discusses the past, present and future of Latin American politics. 

October 31, 2014