Examining Ghana’s use of intellectual property law to protect adinkra and kente fabrics

In Ghana, adinkra and kente textiles derive their significance from their association with both Asante and Ghanaian cultural nationalism. In her new book The Copyright Thing Doesn’t Work Here, Boatema Boateng, associate professor of communication at the University of California, San Diego, focuses on the appropriation and protection of adinkra and kente cloth in order … More Examining Ghana’s use of intellectual property law to protect adinkra and kente fabrics

Preparing for an apocalypse: Government officials, architects, and the history of the fallout shelter

In 1961, reacting to U.S. government plans to survey, design, and build fallout shelters, the president of the American Institute of Architects told the organization that “all practicing architects should prepare themselves to render this vital service to the nation and to their clients.” Here, David Monteyne, author of Fallout Shelter: Designing for Civil Defense … More Preparing for an apocalypse: Government officials, architects, and the history of the fallout shelter

Saunas, journalism, and the making of Minnesota: Meet our MN Book Award winners

From left: Aaron W. Hautala, photographer, The Opposite of Cold; Todd Orjala, UMP’s Senior Acquisitions Editor in Regional Studies; Michael Nordskog, author, The Opposite of Cold; and Mary Lethert Wingerd, author, North Country: The Making of Minnesota. UMP is excited to introduce four significant persons and three books that received Minnesota Book Awards on Saturday … More Saunas, journalism, and the making of Minnesota: Meet our MN Book Award winners

Understanding the global nature of counterculture

Recent protests in Wisconsin are reminiscent of 1960s counterculture movements. Here, Steven Ridgely asks what, if any, form of counterculture might emerge from this highly politicized moment. Image source. BY STEVEN C. RIDGELYAssistant professor of Japanese literature at the University of Wisconsin–Madison The recent protests in Madison, Wisconsin, by a coalition of students, organized labor, … More Understanding the global nature of counterculture

Working conditions, the battle at Tyson, and the Wisconsin moment

In Breaks in the Chain, Paul Apostolidis investigates the personal life stories of a group of Mexican immigrant meatpackers who are at once typical and extraordinary. After crossing the border clandestinely and navigating the treacherous world of the undocumented, they waged a campaign to democratize their union and their workplace in the most hazardous industry … More Working conditions, the battle at Tyson, and the Wisconsin moment

Japan’s Fukushima nuclear crisis is latest example of how containing radioactive materials is simply not possible.

Japanese residents undergo radiation checks. Image source. BY PETER C. VAN WYCKAssociate professor of communication at Concordia University, Montreal, and author of Signs of Danger: Waste, Trauma, and Nuclear Threat (2005). At the time I wrote Signs of Danger, the two great nuclear indices were Three Mile Island (1979), and Chernobyl (1986). Hiroshima and Nagasaki … More Japan’s Fukushima nuclear crisis is latest example of how containing radioactive materials is simply not possible.