White Savior Cinema
A conversation with Palestinian German director Lexi Alexander about Wonder Woman’s promotion of Arab stereotypes, her experiences of racism behind the camera, and the stakes of accurately portraying marginalized communities on screen.
Rebecca Pierce January 8, 2021
Visions in Penal Time
Scholar Nicole R. Fleetwood discusses how incarcerated artists navigate the constraints of the prison’s built environment.
Zoé Samudzi January 4, 2021
The Palestinian Cause at a Moment of Transition
On the eve of the Biden administration, after the manifest failure of Oslo, four Palestinian thinkers ask: Where do we go from here?
Inès Abdel Razek, Salem Barahmeh, Dana El Kurd, and Fadi Quran December 21, 2020
Oedipal Riot
Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 includes glimpses of the real, drained of ideological significance.
Jewish Currents and Friends November 3, 2020
Calling a Nazi a Nazi
Journalist Talia Lavin discusses the imperative—and the dangers—of covering the far right.
Nina Zweig October 21, 2020
Are We Post-Sepharadim?
A conversation with scholar Devin E. Naar about what meaningful Sephardic representation might look like in the wake of near-total erasure.
Arielle Angel October 20, 2020
Degrees of Separation
Playwright David Adjmi discusses his estrangement from the Syrian Jewish community, his ambivalence about identity politics, and his new memoir Lot Six.
Alisa Solomon October 8, 2020
Depatriarchalizing Judaism
On the 30th anniversary of her groundbreaking book Standing Again at Sinai, feminist theologian Judith Plaskow discusses the choice to remain within a patriarchal religious framework.
Susan Reimer-Torn September 10, 2020
American Anti-Communism Abroad
Vincent Bevins, author of The Jakarta Method, discusses the legacy of US intervention in Indonesia and Brazil.
Noah Kulwin September 9, 2020
Inheriting the Impossible
Historian Beshara Doumani, who holds the first endowed faculty chair in Palestinian studies at an American university, discusses his work and the shifting campus climate on Palestine.
Gabi Kirk September 3, 2020
Beyond Good Intentions
Organizers of the Not Free to Desist campaign discuss their efforts to push Jewish institutions to embrace anti-racism.
Rebecca Pierce August 27, 2020
The Future of Jewish News
The new millennial editor of The Detroit Jewish News discusses his plans to revitalize the paper for a new era.
Mari Cohen August 25, 2020
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A Pickle-Shaped Void
The Jewish Currents editorial staff falls into a vat of brine.
The Editors August 11, 2020
An Act of Pure Presence
Justin Taylor discusses his new memoir, writing about his father, and depression as a failure of narrative.
Joshua Cohen July 31, 2020
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Till Bibi Goes Home
An activist in Israel’s anti-Netanyahu protests discusses the movement to unseat the prime minister.
Mairav Zonszein July 28, 2020
Communal Money
Amy Schiller discusses the limits of “scientific philanthropy,” and how money can be a tool toward collective power-sharing.
Abraham Josephine Riesman June 30, 2020
Vexed Solidarities
Cathy Park Hong discusses the insidiousness of American success narratives, white shame, and the difficulty of defining Asian America.
Helen Betya Rubinstein June 24, 2020
Changing the Haredi Discourse
Israeli activist Pnina Pfeuffer discusses her efforts to transform Haredi communities from within—and the failures of communal leadership during the pandemic.
Libby Lenkinski June 19, 2020
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Electoral Limbo
A roundtable on the elections delayed or canceled around the world because of Covid-19, and their implications for already-frayed democratic institutions.
Madeleine Schwartz June 18, 2020
Stealing Away in America
Vicky Osterweil, author of the forthcoming book In Defense of Looting, discusses the ways that looting contests the racial capitalist logics at the heart of American empire.
Zoé Samudzi June 10, 2020
Living the Unlivable
Jasbir K. Puar on the Great March of Return and the perils of exceptionalizing the Gaza blockade.
Samuel Holleran June 1, 2020
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All Epidemics Are Social
The historical memory of those who lived through and organized during the AIDS crisis offers an invaluable resource in the struggle for a just response to the coronavirus emergency.
Ari M. Brostoff May 28, 2020
Listening to Wampanoag Law
jessie little doe baird of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe discusses what’s at stake this week in the federal ruling regarding the tribe’s land and sovereignty.
Ray Levy-Uyeda May 5, 2020
The Yiddishist Neocon
Nancy Sinkoff discusses her new biography of Lucy S. Dawidowicz, a Holocaust historian whose role in the neoconservative movement is often forgotten.
Hadas Binyamini April 23, 2020
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