March 1st is the official anniversary of President Ulysses S. Grant’s creation of the National Parks Service, begun with Yellowstone in 1872. Since then the National Parks have served as iconic landscapes that define the public image of the United States. They have been the escape grounds for landlocked urbanites and adventurers with wanderlust, meant […]

The day before Anita Sarkeesian, the founder of Feminist Frequency, was scheduled to talk at Utah State University, administration members received an e-mail warning about a shooting massacre that would happen if Sarkeesian spoke: This will be the deadliest school shooting in American history, and I’m giving you a chance to stop it.Feminist Frequency is […]

On September 26th, 2014, 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Normal teacher-training school, a rural teachers’ college in the Mexican state of Guerrero with a long history of leftist activism and educational empowerment of the surrounding campesino communities, were kidnapped. While en route to protest education reforms and advocate for more school resources in the city […]

After 9/11, the United States experienced an expansion of security measures that were intended to create a safer, more secure nation. This has resulted in an almost incomprehensible web of security precautions that now pervade everyday American life — from increased airport security measures to the “if you see something, say something” campaignlaunched by the […]

The recent on-campus screening of Oil and Water, a movie about two boys confronting the exploitation of the natural resources of the indigenous communities in the Amazon in Ecuador, and its incorporation into this year’s summer readings and commencement speech, billed the movie as a vital partnership against a behemoth evil — big oil companies. […]

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