In 1975, Professor Toni Morrison gave a lecture on how racism, capitalism, social power, and art have all become enmeshed in the colonial project that is the United States. The audio and full text of that lecture are the most frequently-linked content on this site.
- Toni Morrison at Portland State, 1975—”A Humanist View” is an incredible talk reflecting on the American dream and its disproportionate demands on marginalized people.
“Educating the conqueror is not our business.” —Toni Morrison
- Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967—In 1967, NBC journalist Sander Vanocur asked King to reflect on the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. King’s reply, which I’ve transcribed from archival video: “That dream that I had that day has in many points turned into a nightmare.” Read more. ▸
- No Arc, No Guarantees; Work Anyway
Raise a Fist: On Saluting the Humane—If we’re unlikely to see the results of our work in our lifetime, why push for social change? “No Arc” features The Atlantic columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Bhagavad Gita. “Raise a Fist” recounts John Carlos’, Tommie Smith’s, and Peter Norman’s protests for racial justice at the 1968 Olympic protests.
- Seventh-day Adventist Creativity Takes A Hit
The Record Keeper’s Now Dead—In the mid 2010s, North American Seventh-day Adventist church leaders funded, promoted, and then abandoned The Record Keeper, a steampunk-style web-series about good and evil. The project became a site of struggle between artists, the target audiences, fundamentalists, and church administrators.
- Reader Review #6: Listening Edition
Time to Speak Up—A series of articles reviews the history of the Adventist General Conference’s exclusion of LGBTI people, a 2014 church summit on sexuality and gender in South Africa, and how to broach delicate, time-sensitive conversations about sexuality with Adventist friends.
Read other items in the full archive.