Against the Grain

Against the Grain – July 13, 2004

Twenty-five years after the Sandanistas took power, poet/translator Clifton Ross reports on his recent month-long visit to Nicaragua. His trip was part of a bigger project: to learn about, and apply in today’s context, popular literacy campaigns like the dramatically successful one instituted by the Sandanistas. Ben Clarke spearheads the fledgling project, entitled American Encounters.


Against the Grain

Against the Grain – July 12, 2004

Is the world in such turmoil because humans are basically selfish, aggressive and individualistic? Dacher Keltner disagrees with this view of human nature; he claims that people have a biologically-based capacity for goodness. Keltner, who directs the Berkeley Center for the Development of Peace and Well-Being, shares the results of his wide-ranging inquiries.


Against the Grain

Against the Grain – June 30, 2004

Freedom Under Existentialism. The Matrix film series kept getting mentioned in relation to existentialism. But what is that philosophical movement really about? Hamilton College professor Todd Franklin has been teaching existentialism for years; his research also emphasizes the resonances between Nietzschean and African American thought.


Against the Grain

Against the Grain – June 23, 2004

Gloria Anzaldúa: Cultural theorist, activist, poet and award-winning writer Gloria Anzaldúa passed away in Santa Cruz last month. Author of Borderlands, named one of the 100 best books of the century, Anzaldúa advanced ideas for inclusionary movements for social justice. AnaLouise Keating and Ines Hernandez-Avila were longtime friends and collaborators of Anzaldúa.


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