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Liberal Arts Majors: Gateways to Power

by Mary Dockray-Miller and Asiya Shaikh

If we don’t provide the students at regional, non-selective universities even the opportunity to choose traditional liberal arts majors, then those traditional liberal arts will remain entrenched at majority-white, majority-upper-income institutions; those liberal arts will continue to reinforce their own exclusivity and closed-mindedness; they will continue to seem less relevant to the majority of Americans.

 

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Alberto Burri’s Grande Sacco: Congo Binga (157.5 X 255.9 cm; 62 X 100 ¾ inches) was a commemoration to thirteen Italian airmen murdered in Kindu, 1961. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome

 

Politics and the Art of Commemoration

by Meredeth Turshen

The scraps of burlap are arranged in quadrants to create a central cross. The patch on the lower right is stamped Congo Binga, the name of a plantation town on a tributary of the Congo River in Equateur Province, some 530 miles northwest of Kindu, where the murders took place. How ironic that a sack from a Congo plantation, the sort of work site where millions of Africans had died at the hands of Belgian colonists, should be used to memorialize thirteen Italian pilots.

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