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Theodore Brown on what happened when proletarian internationalism and social medicine converged.

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Mon 8.03.15 | Race, Class, and Hurricanes

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Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy have been recent reminders of the power of massive storms to not only inundate cities and change landscapes, but to reshape or reinforce existing class and racial divisions. Historian Stuart Schwartz reflects on five centuries of hurricanes and conflict in the greater Caribbean, including the Southern United States.

Tues 7.28.15 | UFW's Rank and File

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Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers may seem synonymous. The charismatic leader headed up the union through strikes and boycotts that garnered nationwide attention and made him a labor icon. Former farm worker Frank Bardacke argues, however, that the history of the UFW needs to be understood from the bottom up. He reveals the mainly untold story of the UFW's militant rank and file, who brought their own radical traditions to the union and clashed with union staff in ways that shaped the organization's fate.

Mon 7.27.15 | Sex Crimes and "Masculinities"

Ackerman and Furman, eds., Sex Crimes: Transnational Problems and Global Perspectives Columbia U. Press, 2015





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Why do men commit rape, child sexual abuse, and other sex crimes? Does the answer lie in the way males are brought up, in the traits they're encouraged and expected to develop? Alissa Ackerman contends that while certain aspects of masculinities -- the socially constructed ways in which men perform their manhood -- can be factors contributing to sexual violence, others can help men refrain from it.

Wed 7.22.15 | The Criminalization of Rap

Charis Kubrin and Erik Nielson, “Rap on Trial” Race and Justice (PDF)

Charis Kubrin's Tedx talk "The Threatening Nature of . . . Rap Music?"



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Young men of color who are or aspire to be rap artists have long been targeted by police departments and the FBI. The lyrics they write are often viewed not as artistic expression but as evidence of a criminal disposition or even as confessions of wrongdoing. Charis Kubrin puts the growing use of rap lyrics in criminal proceedings in context.

Tues 7.21.15 | Richard Pryor

Scott Saul, Becoming Richard Pryor Harper, 2014






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Iconoclastic comedian, talented actor, and gifted writer Richard Pryor pushed the boundaries of popular culture at a pivotal moment, laying bare uncomfortable truths about race and injustice in America. Scott Saul reflects on the comedian's formative years in a segregated country and the fluorescence of his art during a time of urban unrest, Black Power, and the counterculture of the 1960s and '70s.

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