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Marga Altena – Bringing Color to Dutch History Marga Altena – Bringing Color to Dutch History    |   By Jonathan Pieterse
Marga Altena wrote the text for the graphic novel Franklin – Een Nederlands Bevrijdingsverhaal (Franklin – A Dutch Liberation Story). She is a cultural historian who publishes about class and ethnicity like the book A True History Full of Romance. Mixed Marriages and Ethnic Identity in Dutch Art, News Media and Popular Culture (1833-1955). The scenario […]
April 8, 2020

How We Live Now How We Live Now    |   By Russell Shorto
  My wife and I both work from home. We live in a small town in the mountains of western Maryland, which is always quiet. So: not much change. Except that our 10 year old is no longer in school, and our 19 year old is back from his first year at university. Both of […]
April 6, 2020

A Stage Set without Actors or Audience A Stage Set without Actors or Audience    |   By Brian Rose
  As a photographer, the concept of sheltering in place is foreign to my instincts, but here in New York, in the midst of this invisible infectious storm, we have been ordered to stay at home. However, we are permitted the liberty of taking walks as long as we maintain the requisite social distance of […]
April 3, 2020

Gloria Wekker – Suppressed Histories Gloria Wekker – Suppressed Histories    |   By Jonathan Pieterse
  Gloria Wekker is an professor emeritus of Gender and Ethnicity at the University of Utrecht. In 2016 Duke University Press published White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race, about racism in the Netherlands. She is Surinamese-Dutch. At the Institute for War-, Holocaust- and Genocidestudies she spoke about the importance of an inclusive history. The […]
April 1, 2020

Celebrating a Birthday – via Zoom Celebrating a Birthday – via Zoom    |   By Deborah Frieden
  It was time for my first social distancing Happy Hour. On the block where I live, in Oakland, California, my neighbors stepped out onto their porches or front yards with a drink and we all toasted each other from a safe distance. My husband and I live at the bottom of a hill. So […]
March 30, 2020