Lamia Karim: The fall of Muhammad Yunus and its consequences for the women of Grameen Bank.

In 2006 the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh won the Nobel Peace Prize for its innovative microfinancing operations. In March 2011, Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus was ousted as head of the microfinance lender by the Bangladesh government, which owns 25% of the company. The government claims Yunus, 70, is far past its country’s mandatory retirement … More Lamia Karim: The fall of Muhammad Yunus and its consequences for the women of Grameen Bank.

The thriving, supportive, underrepresented LGBT scene in 1960s-70s Minneapolis.

MinnPost recently published a wonderful analysis of Queer Twin Cities, particularly an issue it takes with a scene in the much-acclaimed 2008 film Milk. When a straight Hebrew school student in Minneapolis can accidentally become a patron of a gay bookstore in the 1970s, there’s really no need for anybody to move to San Francisco.

Todd McGowan: The Timeless Christopher Nolan

In his book Out of Time: Desire in Atemporal Cinema, author Todd McGowan takes as his starting point the emergence of a temporal aesthetic in cinema that arose in response to the digital era. Linking developments in cinema to current debates within philosophy, McGowan claims that films that change the viewer’s relation to time constitute … More Todd McGowan: The Timeless Christopher Nolan

Peg Meier: Unearthing Coco Irvine (1914-1975) from the MHS archives

Clotilde “Coco” Irvine Moles (1914-1975), daughter of a lumber baron, grew up with sister Olivia Irvine Dodge in a mansion on fashionable Summit Avenue at a time when music, art, and women’s social status were all in a state of flux and the economy was still flying high. Here, popular Minnesota author Peg Meier recounts … More Peg Meier: Unearthing Coco Irvine (1914-1975) from the MHS archives

Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi women count money for repayment to a microcredit bank. Author Lamia Karim’s new book asks why we know so little about microfinance’s consequences. Image source. In 2006 the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh won the Nobel Peace Prize for its innovative microfinancing operations. Lamia Karim, associate professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Oregon, … More Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh