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February 26th, 2021

 

On our Front Table this week, explore the relation of the personal and the political, including an account of autotheory as a feminist mode of art, the devastating memoir of a woman's teen years as the muse of a celebrated French writer; and a biography of a founding member of the NAACP which weaves her personal life with her political leadership. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com. 


Aftershocks (Simon and Schuster)
Nadia Owusu


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February 19th, 2021

On our Front Table this week, explore the relations between artistic and political practice: an educator's reflections on decolonizing the writing workshop to empower writers of color; a history of stereotype-smashing Native American comedy; a philosophical case for painting as a form of speculative thought; and an account of the writing that launched the women's liberation movement. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


Dear Science and Other Stories (Duke University Press)
Katherine McKittrick...

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February 12th, 2021

 On our Front Table this week, find new approaches to the study of religion, including an interrogation of the impact of Protestant thought on early forms of economics, an exploration of the inherent peculiarities of the Bible as a text, and a cross-cultural examination of the past and future of gender inequality in religious communities. Find the following titles and more at ...

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February 5th, 2021

On our Front Table this week, find revealing genealogies of everyday practices, from the curious history of alphabetical order, to the totalitarian residues embedded in Eastern European habits, and the long past and uncertain future of keeping secrets. Find the following titles and more at ...

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January 29th, 2021

On our Front Table this week, explore the uses of new data and technologies in scholarship and politics, including an exemplar of the digital humanities, a call for data-driven expertise in approaches to mass incarceration, an interrogation of new metrics for planning post-growth futures, and an anthology of writings from a digital collective that demonstrates the power of social media for social justice.  Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


America and Iran: A History, 1720 to the Present (Knopf Publishing Group)
John...

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January 22nd, 2021

On our Front Table this week, explore community responses to oppression: an analysis of "new ethnicities" and the solidarity they can facilitate; a look at Islamophobia in the US and how Muslim communities have responded; a history of the symbolic and material significance of Algerian wine production for anti-colonial struggle; and a conversation with three major thinkers on feminist ethics of nonviolence. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


The Blood of the Colony: Wine and the Rise and Fall of French Algeria (Harvard University Press)
Owen White

In the last decades of the nineteenth century, Europeans had displaced Algerians from the colony’s best agricultural land and planted grape vines. Soon, wine was the primary export of...

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January 13th, 2021

 On our Front Table this week, explore the relation of ethics and actions, from St. Benedict's guide to living deliberately, to a history of postwar political thinkers grappling with the category of "evil," and a philosophical analysis of terror as politics without conscience. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


Becoming Human: A Theory of Ontogeny ...

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January 6th, 2021

On our Front Table this week, consider the relationship between the divine and the human with a new analysis of the political lessons in Exodus, an exploration of the rich history of goddess worship in Hinduism, and a Prakrit romance featuring divinity, prophecy, and three young women's romantic woes. Find the following titles and more at semcoop.com.


Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice (Haymarket Books)
Ed. by Jesse Hagopian and Denisha Jones

Black Lives Matter at School succinctly generalizes lessons from successful challenges to institutional racism that have been won through the Black Lives Matter at School movement. Contributors include Opal Tometi, who wrote a moving foreword, Bettina Love, who...

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November 19th, 2020

On our Front Table this week, explore legal and rights-based approaches to contemporary dilemmas, from a redemption of the administrative state and a vindication of the rights of pregnant women, to a new declaration of the Rights of Nature. Browse anytime at semcoop.com.


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November 12th, 2020

On our Front Table this week, consider globalization, its consequences and its limits: find a history of American isolationism, from George Washington to the present; an argument for globalization that takes on critiques from both the Left and Right; a new political interpretation of Werner Herzog's international films; an account and defense of liberal internationalism as a mode of safeguarding democracy; a peek into the increasingly global yet steadfastly closed off world of contemporary art; and more. Browse anytime at semcoop.com.



Conditional Citizens (Pantheon Books)
Laila Lalami

What does it mean to be American? In this starkly illuminating and impassioned book, Pulitzer Prize­­–finalist Laila Lalami recounts...

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