Making a place’s invisible elements visible: The architecture of David Salmela

BY THOMAS FISHERProfessor and dean at the College of Design, University of Minnesota When I started to write about architect David Salmela’s buildings more than a decade ago, I never knew I would end up becoming his chronicler. My previous career as an editor for one of the leading journals in my field meant that … More Making a place’s invisible elements visible: The architecture of David Salmela

The Florida Everglades: A land of alligators, outlaws and so much swampy, cinematic excess

BY LAURA A. OGDENAssociate professor of anthropology at Florida International University This movie poster from the film Shark River manages to cram almost every single Everglades-related stereotype into one “vivid color” tableau. It is really quite remarkable, reflecting, in particular, the racial binaries common to American landscape politics in the early 1950s. Here, we see, … More The Florida Everglades: A land of alligators, outlaws and so much swampy, cinematic excess

Fertile Hysteria: "Desert birthers," "maternity tourism," and the regenerative properties of racialized citizenship

The most recent birth-certificate debate means it’s once again time to evaluate properties of citizenship and the racialized value of American life. Image source. BY RUBY C. TAPIAAssociate professor of comparative studies and women’s studies at The Ohio State University and author of American Pietàs Challenging the rights to U.S. citizenship and the U.S. presidency … More Fertile Hysteria: "Desert birthers," "maternity tourism," and the regenerative properties of racialized citizenship