Tag Archives: Henry Giroux

Beyond the Politics of Civility and Trauma: The End of Higher Education as We Know It

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The academy is entering a dangerous time. Academics now find themselves entering a time when a more comprehensive politics that deals with the rise of authoritarianism through a variety of related fundamentalisms–economic, religious, political, and educational–is being overlooked as a … Continue reading

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Educated Hope and the Promise of Democracy

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The following is a commencement speech given by Professor Henry A. Giroux to the class of 2015 at Chapman University on May 24th, 2015. I am very moved and humbled to accept an honorary degree on this important occasion today, … Continue reading

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The Fire This Time: Black Youth and the Spectacle of Postracial Violence

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In 1963, James Baldwin published an essay entitled “The Negro Child – His Self-Image,” in The Saturday Review. Later celebrated as “A Talk to Teachers,” his prescient opening paragraph unfolds with the following observation: Let’s begin by saying that we … Continue reading

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Challenging a “Disposable Future,” Looking to a Politics of Possibility

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In this interview conducted by Victoria Harper with Brad Evans and Henry A. Giroux, the public intellectuals discuss their forthcoming book, what they mean by “disposable futures” and “dystopian realism,” and how the spectacle of violence has contributed to a mistaken societal view that there is no future except a brutal one under neoliberal capitalism. Continue reading

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Intellectuals as Subjects and Objects of Violence

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By Henry A. Giroux Edward Snowden, Russ Tice, Thomas Drake, Jeremy Scahill, and Julian Assange, among others, have recently made clear what it means to embody respect for a public intellectual debate, moral witnessing and intellectual culture. They are not … Continue reading

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The New Extremism and Politics of Distraction in the Age of Austerity

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Can Democratic Education Survive in a Neoliberal Society?

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Higher Education in Peril

Public universities and colleges across North America and the United Kingdom appear to be rushing headlong into a new era, caught up in a stampede driven by state-initiated educational policy and demands for ‘modernization’ (certainly a matter of concern in … Continue reading

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Why Don’t Americans Care About Democracy at Home?

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On the Significance of the Chicago Teachers Strike: Challenging Democracy’s Demise

Henry A. Giroux explains how the Chicago teachers’ union in the last days of the strike conveyed a message to the broader public about how a corporate-driven education system produces deficit forms of pedagogy. According to Giroux, the strike itself … Continue reading

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