Whose Land is This Land?
As we observe Thanksgiving this year and contemplate the origins of the holiday, it is important to keep in mind the indigenous people who lived here first. Civic Lab explores how to identify shifts when ownership and the right to carry on one’s heritage is denied.
Free Speech vs. Hate Speech
When does freedom of speech turn into hate speech? The Civic Lab offers resources and information to help us better understand the difference between the two.
What Does it Mean to Take a Stand Against Racism?
Before taking a stand against a pernicious social problem, it's important to recognize that racism exists, and that it can be experienced in many different ways.
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Not Simply Saris & Spices
There's more to the subcontinent than saris and spices. Delve into stories beyond Salman Rushdie and Jhumpa Lahiri, and discover writers ruminating on the diversity of "South Asia" in English.
Somebody's Watching Me
What do private eyes, whistle-blowers, and convalescing journalists have in common? Observation, dexterity, a quickness in the eyes? Surveillance can take many shapes and forms, and what better way to engage--or critique--its many tentacles than by watching the masters themselves. Be careful: you're being watched.
All in the Family
Even when we try to, we can't always put up with our kinfolk. Fortunately, there's plenty of ways to find release in the often tense relationships that comprise modern family life: humor, a heaping spoonfull of acceptance, and the knowledge that incompleteness is a theme-- all of which helps these characters to deal with the screwy routines that provide an eerie kind of reassurance.
Noir for Your Night In
Hole up with these suspense-filled vignettes excavating the morass of human behavior from the 1940s to today. The tantalizing femme fatale, the hardboiled private eye, the nefarious peanut gallery of lowlifes: watch as the sheen of goodness wears away, intentions grow murkier, and doom surrounds the scenes. Betrayal never looked so good.