Monthly Archive: November 2015

What It Means to be “White” in a Rapidly Changing Nation

By Mark Naison (November 25, 2015) Being “white” was once a central feature of being American. Those who were able to become “white” had the fullest range of political rights and economic opportunities the rapidly expanding nation had to offer.

Which Way Will Campus Protests Go?

By Mark Naison (November 23, 2015) One of my great fears with the current wave of campus protests is that Universities will respond to student protests by trying to reshape student and faculty attitudes rather than having universities change who they recruit and admit and hire.

Racism, Capitalism, and the Prison System

As part of the Allied Students for Another Politics! Radical teach in series, Dr. Robert Thompson and OSU graduate students, Zandro Lerma, and Amber Moody discuss the connections between capitalism, racism, and the prison-industrial-complex.  Co-sponsored by the Anarres Project for Alternatives Futures.

Standing for Those Who Don’t Get Hashtags

  By Phoenix Calida (November 14, 2015) I’m tired. I’m weary. it’s not that I don’t care about France, it’s that the rest of the world cares about France. It’s a tragedy. It shouldn’t have happened. But the emergency medical care, emergency funds, emergency safe spaces and counseling will be provided for French citizens by default.

Were Attacks on Beirut and Baghdad Attacks on Humanity, Too?

By Adam Hefty (November 14, 2015) I spent last night, like many, watching the news from Paris unfold, feeling relief as my friends who live there posted that they were alright, worrying about UC students who might be in proximity at UC Paris which a friend said was close to one of the attack sites, worrying about the possible backlash…
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My Goal is Not to be a Great Ally

  By Chris Crass (November 6, 2015) My goal isn’t to be a great ally. My goal is the abolition of white supremacist capitalist patriarchy and the building up of multiracial democracy, economic, gender and racial justice for all and a world where the inherent worth and dignity of all people and the interconnection of life are at the heart…
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Is it Ethical to Colonize Mars?

  By Joseph Orosco (November 4, 2015) Adam Frank, thinking about the success of Matt Damon’s new film The Martian, asks whether it would be moral to explore and colonize Mars. One of his concerns has to do with how we will treat any possible life forms that we encounter there, even at the microbial level.