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Revolutions need their theorists, but such upheavals are impossible without [those] who haul theory out of books and shove it into the face of reality. – Chris Hedges  




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The Histories of Violence Project

In our post-9/11 age, the dominant media continue to dangerously desensitize citizens from the violence inherent in the brutal conflicts of this wartime, thus discouraging them from calling for an end to violence. Acting as an alternative form of widely accessible media, the Histories of Violence website created by Brad Evans (University of Leeds) emerges at this time as an important space of intellectual resistance to violence and to its seeming inevitability.




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Gated Intellectuals and Ignorance in Political Life: Toward a Borderless Pedagogy in the Occupy Movement In this evocative essay, Henry Giroux describes what he calls the “disappearing acts” of corporate funded anti-public intellectuals who erect walls around knowledge while simultaneously … Continue reading




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Tony Judt on Intellectuals and Democracy

Tony Judt (1948-2010) On August 6, 2010, renowned historian Tony Judt died from ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. In the two-year span between his diagnosis and tragic death, Judt, incredibly, wrote three books. The final one has just … Continue reading




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WHAT Is a Public Intellectual?

Two weeks ago I posed the question, “Where are the Canadian public intellectuals?” Admittedly, this is probably the least helpful of many questions one should ask. Canadians are certainly engaged in all kinds of important work that addresses the most … Continue reading




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12 Canadians Changing the Way We Think In response to a recent list of 100 top global thinkers that appeared in Foreign Policy magazine—none of whom were Canadian—the Toronto Star‘s Olivia Ward published a list of twelve influential Canadians who … Continue reading




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Occupy Colleges Now: Students as the New Public Intellectuals Making clear that the police violence used against the Occupy protesters on University of California campuses was brutal and unjustifiable, Henry Giroux connects the goals of the Occupy movement to the … Continue reading




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A Master Class in Occupation Chris Hedges discusses a conversation he has with an Occupy Wall Street activist about the evolving movement and its inclusiveness. Hedges describes the middle-class youth as an “interlocutor,” one among several of the Occupying “revolutionists … Continue reading




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The Responsibility of Intellectuals, Redux: Using Privilege to Challenge the State Noam Chomsky revisits his classic 1967 essay, illustrating the various ways “intellectuals” have been defined in the twentieth century in relation to the interests of state power. Although technocrats … Continue reading




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