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Mon 12.02.13 | The "New Negro" vis-à-vis Africa

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The ideas of W. E. B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, and Booker T. Washington may have differed, but each made key contributions to the pan-Africanist project. Jeannette Eileen Jones describes how these thinkers and others viewed Africa, and what role they saw blacks in the West playing in Africa's liberation and advancement. Also, Davarian Baldwin discusses the volume in which Jones's essay appears.

Wed 11.27.13 | Life Without Parole; Native Struggles

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More than 3,200 people in the US are serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses. Jessica Henry takes issue with what she calls the "unjustified and almost commonplace imposition" of these kinds of sentences. Also, Tony Platt discusses efforts to repatriate Native American remains that were excavated over a period of almost 200 years.

Tues 11.26.13 | Ugly Chapters

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Native American remains were routinely dug up and collected over a period of almost two centuries; by some estimates, one million skeletons were looted. How could this happen? And what role did museums, as well as academics based at places like UC Berkeley, play in these large-scale desecrations? Tony Platt has written an expose. Also, James Miller discusses the notorious case of the so-called Scottsboro Boys.

Mon 11.25.13 | Nurture, Not Nature?

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It's an argument widely accepted within, and forcefully promoted by, feminist and queer circles: Gender and sexuality are socially constructed; they are the product of only socialization and social norms. Julia Serano believes this crucially ignores the role played by biology. She forwards what she calls a holistic model of gender and sexuality.

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