Rethinking the American children’s picture book

Children look at picture books at school in Santa Clara, Utah, in October 1940. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. BY NATHALIE OP DE BEECKAssociate professor of English at Pacific Lutheran University and author of Suspended Animation: Children’s Picture Books and the Fairy Tale of Modernity. ——- The New York Times recently published a piece on … More Rethinking the American children’s picture book

CITY feature: Edward W. Soja and justice struggles in the contemporary world.

The following is a guest post from Andrea Gibbons, co-editor at the journal CITY: Analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action. CITY‘s current issue features leading urban theorist Edward Soja and his most recent book, Seeking Spatial Justice (Minnesota 2010), in which Soja argues that justice has a geography and that the equitable distribution … More CITY feature: Edward W. Soja and justice struggles in the contemporary world.

M. Bianet Castellanos: Tourism in Cancún and its social and economic effects on indigenous communities.

Beach in Cancún, Mexico. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. As a free trade zone and Latin America’s most popular destination, Cancún, Mexico, is more than just a tourist town. It is not only actively involved in the production of transnational capital but also forms an integral part of the state’s modernization plan for rural, indigenous … More M. Bianet Castellanos: Tourism in Cancún and its social and economic effects on indigenous communities.

Michael Fabricant: Disturbing trends in public education and why charter schools aren’t the answer.

This image was created by public-school art teachers Donna Barnard and Carol Dvorak of Oklahoma. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. BY MICHAEL B. FABRICANTProfessor in the School of Social Work and executive officer of the Ph.D. program in social welfare at Hunter College, City University of New York. He is author of Organizing for Educational … More Michael Fabricant: Disturbing trends in public education and why charter schools aren’t the answer.

Peter Smith: Have you got a case of the Central Standard Blahs, too? Chin up.

Downtown St. Paul, MN, at dusk. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. BY PETER SMITH Regular MPR contributor and author of A Porch Sofa Almanac. There’s something about the first few days after we change the clocks back in the fall that gets your attention, gives you reason to pause and take inventory, and serves as … More Peter Smith: Have you got a case of the Central Standard Blahs, too? Chin up.

A dramatic sequel to the 2008 MN Senate recount, you say? That’s unlikely.

BY JAY WEINER, author of This Is Not Florida: How Al Franken Won the Minnesota Senate Recount. ——- “So,” people are asking, “you gonna write a sequel?” “Actually,” I reply, “no way!” The sequel, of course, would be about this incredible second potential recount in Minnesota within two years, this time for the governor’s post. … More A dramatic sequel to the 2008 MN Senate recount, you say? That’s unlikely.