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What Would Mary Beard Do? Bonnie Honig On How a Different Chancellor Might Respond to the Salaita Affair

One of the more difficult challenges in the midst of the Salaita affair is to hold onto the possibility that a university could handle the Israel-Palestine debate in ways that are worthy of a university. 1,059 more words


Laugh like a Roman

Mary Beard’s wonderful new book, Laughter in Ancient Rome, takes the reader through laughter theory (not as funny as it sounds) to case studies of jokes and laughter in the ancient world. 411 more words

Gaza: 'The place where we are right is hard and trampled like a yard'

Gaza August 2014: ‘less pity on school children’

How does one avoid despair at the news these days?

The lunatics are in my hall
The paper holds their folded faces to the floor… 1,929 more words

Ideas And Politics

Lessons from Betty: Emancipation from sex

This article was a nod to the 60th anniversary of feminist, Betty Friedan’s seminal work, “The Feminine Mystique”.

“Invincibly cheerful, a toyland of white and pastel houses whose bright, uncurtained windows winked blandly through a dappling of green and yellow leaves.” It was this post-WWII, American suburban dream Richard Yates illustrated in Revolutionary Road that fifty-years ago, feminist Betty Friedan was about to spotlight with publication of “The Feminine Mystique”. 1,313 more words

Freud is Laughing ('to keep from crying')

In Sigmund Freud’sThe Joke and Its Relation to the Unconscious, he argues that the energy released in laughter is not the energy of the repressed emotion itself (the safety-valve model) but the psychic energy that would have been used to repress the thoughts or feelings if the joke had not allowed them to enter our conscious minds. 60 more words

Dr. Safiya Hoskins

Going clubbing

When one of my Book Clubs decided to read the Man Booker 2013 shortlist I was a bit sceptical. Yes, we could then decide if   366 more words