(Re) learning the human rights language: an imperative for our time

September 15, 2020

A language underused When we talk about the current crises plaguing the world—a pandemic, climate change, racial injustice, increasing inequality, and more—there is scarce attention […]

On the essence of things and the necessity of persons

September 3, 2020

Many years ago, I attended a philosophy seminar as a teaching assistant. We were reading texts written by John Duns Scotus, the famous Franciscan theologian […]

B/black, W/white, and the privilege of the storyteller

August 28, 2020

Unfolding in communication circles right now is a contentious debate over how and when to capitalize words. The very fact that I write this acknowledges […]

In The Media

From Michael Brown to George Floyd: Why video footage wouldn’t have changed perception of Ferguson shooting

August 10, 2020

David Hooker, associate professor of the practice of conflict transformation and peacebuilding, shares insight and contextual analysis about the Michael Brown and George Floyd murder […]

Pathways toward justice: Protest and the disruptive imagination

July 20, 2020

What does it mean to imagine a transformed society? One of our distinguishing capabilities as humans is the ability to engage in hypothetical thinking, to […]

In The Media

How China’s new national security law will hobble Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement

July 14, 2020

In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Maggie Shum, research associate for the Master of Global Affairs program, writes that China’s national security law (NSL) is likely to […]

“Seeing-as”

July 10, 2020

An outcry In a particularly disturbing scene in J.M. Coetzee’s novel, Waiting for the Barbarians, the protagonist defends four prisoners who are about to be […]