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March/April 2016

Black Study, Black Struggle

Robin D. G. Kelley leads a forum on grassroots political education and the Black student movement.  Michael Eric Dyson, Keeanga-Yamahtta Talor, Randall L. Kennedy, Christopher Lebron, Aaron Bady, and others respond. Also in this issue: Anne Fausto-Sterling, Major Jackson, Joshua Bennett, and more.

March/April 2016

Robin D. G. Kelley leads this issue’s forum by suggesting that grassroots political education would strengthen the black student movement, while also questioning the movement’s reliance on the language of personal trauma. Michael Eric DysonRandall L. KennedyChristopher LebronAaron Bady, and others respond. Major Jackson offers a surreal, arresting take on police violence in his new poem, “Ferguson.” Anne Fausto-Sterling notes how racist stereotypes are embedded in medical school curricula, and Peter James Hudson critiques recent books on slavery and capitalism for overlooking the vital contributions of radical black scholarship. Joy James reviews a long-lost nineteenth-century memoir that reveals the roots of black incarceration, and Carina del Valle Schorske notes the importance of the historical archive (or lack thereof) to black American poets. Plus, Sarah Hill offers a tribute to her teacher, Sidney Mintz, who made vital contributions to scholarship on the black Atlantic; Stephen Kinzer interviews Andrew J. Bacevich about how we will lose the war for control of the Greater Middle East; Jonathan Kirshner skewers Niall Ferguson‘s voluminous new book on Kissinger; and erica kaufman celebrates Eileen Myles‘s skill as a poet.


Editors’ Note

Deborah Chasman & Joshua Cohen


Also in this issue:

A tribute to one of the century’s great anthropologists and teachers.

Sarah Hill

Black people get sicker because of stereotypes taught in medical schools.

Anne Fausto-Sterling

A debut short story by an emerging Nigerian writer. Winner of the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.

Grace Oluseyi

The United States will lose the war for control of the Middle East.

Andrew J. Bacevich, Stephen Kinzer

Recent histories of slavery and capitalism ignore radical black scholarship.

Peter James Hudson

Niall Ferguson’s protestations aside, Henry Kissinger was the quintessential foreign policy realist.

Jonathan Kirshner

A nineteenth-century memoir sheds light on the origins of the modern prison.

Joy James

M. NourbeSe Philip combs history for the black American experience.

Carina del Valle Schorske

Eileen Myles's celebrity shouldn't eclipse her skill as a poet.

erica kaufman

Poems to savor beneath flowering trees.

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In Paolo Sorrentino's Youth, the crossroads of despair and integrity.

Alan A. Stone


Lynne Procope, Ross Gay

Once there was a boy who thought it a noble idea to lie down in the middle of the street and sleep. . . .

Major Jackson
Armando Jaramillo Garcia
Camille T. Dungy
Amy Newlove Schroeder
John Koethe

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