Unwanted Advances: A Conversation with Laura Kipnis and Shamus Khan

Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus is Laura Kipnis's provocative argument for how the “recent upheavals in sexual culture on American campuses” are symptomatic of “officially sanctioned” sexual paranoia and hysteria. She will be joined in conversation by the cultural critical Shamus Khan, of Columbia University.

Laura Kipnis is a cultural critic/essayist whose work focuses on sexual politics, emotion, acting out, bad behavior, and various other crevices of the American psyche. She is the author of MEN: Notes from an Ongoing Investigation (November 2014/ Metropolitan), and her latest book is Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus; her previous books, which include How To Become a Scandal and Against Love, have been translated into over fifteen languages. She teaches in the filmmaking program at Northwestern University.

Shamus Khan is associate professor of sociology at Columbia University, where he is the director of the graduate program. He is also an editor at Public Culture and writes on culture, inequality, and elites.

This event was co-sponsored by the Institute for Public Knowledge and Public Books

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently

 Abdel-Aziz al-Hamza, the co-founder of the Syrian activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, in conversation with American poet and journalist Eliza Griswold in October 2016.

Abdel-Aziz al-Hamza, the co-founder of the Syrian activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, in conversation with American poet and journalist Eliza Griswold in October 2016.

On October 26, 2016, the New York Institute for the Humanities had the pleasure of hosting Abdel-Aziz al-Hamza, the co-founder of the Syrian activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.

Living under the constant threat from ISIS, Hamza and his friends and colleagues risk their lives to uncover human rights abuses in the besieged city of Raqqa, and fight against the occupiers of their homeland through an ingenious blend of gallows humor, social media campaigns, and daring reportage.

Hamza was joined by the American poet and journalist Eliza Griswold, and together with the audience they discussed the power of social media in activist campaigns, redirecting the perception of Raqqa as an ISIS stronghold to that of a city and a people under siege, and Hamza's hope for the future of his city and his country.

Last year, the New Yorker editor and NYIH fellow David Remnick wrote a fantastic profile of the group, which explains their mission and the dangers they face:


And you can find more information on Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently here:


From the Telephone to the Stereopticon: Selling the President in the Gilded Age

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Contrary to our received notions on the newness of new media, the presidential campaigns of the late nineteenth century witnessed an explosion of media forms as advisers and technicians exploited a variety of forms promote their candidates and platforms, including the stereopticon (a modernized magic lantern), the phonograph, and the telephone. In the process, they set in motion not only a new way of imagining how to market national campaigns and candidates; they also helped to usher in novel forms of mass spectatorship. Historian Charles Musser will present and discuss his new book, Politicking and Emergent Media: US Presidential Elections of the 1890s (University of California Press), with critic and writer Thomas Beard.

Charles Musser is professor of American Studies at Yale University. He is the author of numerous books, including the now-classic The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907, the first in a trilogy concerning American early cinema.

Thomas Beard is a cofounder and director of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art, as well as a Programmer at Large for the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Audio Archive: The Black Lives Matter Effect

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Reflections on the New Jim Crow
James Forman, Jr. (Yale University Law School)
Elizabeth Hinton (Harvard University)
Vincent Warren (Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights)
Moderated by Eyal Press, The Nation

From MLK to BLM: A Genealogy of Civil Rights Protest
Jelani Cobb (University of Connecticut, New Yorker)
N.B.D. Connolly (New York University)
Thomas Sugrue (New York University)

Writing Black Lives: The Politics and Poetics of Black Memoir
Chris Jackson (editor, Spiegel & Grau)
Margo Jefferson (author, Negroland: A Memoir)
Clifford Thompson (author, Twin of Blackness: A Memoir)
Moderated by Lisa Lucas, executive director, National Book Foundation

The Choreography of Race: Dance, Identity, Inclusion
Ronald K. Brown (artistic director, Evidence)
Virginia Johnson (artistic director, Dance Theatre of Harlem)
Gia Kourlas (dance critic, New York Times)
Dean Moss (director, Gametophyte)
Moderated by Danielle Goldman, New School

A New Renaissance? Art, Music, and Culture in the Wake of Black Lives Matter
Susan Cahan (Yale University)
George Lewis (composer, Columbia University)
Rowan Ricardo Philips (poet and critic, Heaven)
Greg Tate (writer and musician)
Moderated by Adam Shatz, London Review of Books