Daily Archives: September 5, 2022

Truth as a Common Good with Robert Reich

University of California Television (UCTV) -Apr 8, 2017

Economist Robert Reich, the Clinton-era Labor Secretary and prominent Democratic pundit, gives a rousing talk on how the intersection of politics and economics led to the rise of Donald Trump and describes the concerns he shares with Republicans who fear that Trump’s way of governing is harming American institutions. Reich is the featured speaker at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy’s Board of Advisors Dinner held in March 2017. Recorded on 03/29/2017. [4/2017] [Show ID: 32116]

Robert Reich: Why the Common Good Disappeared and How We Get It Back

University of California Television (UCTV) – Oct 18, 2018

Professor Robert B. Reich ignites a discussion of the good we have had in common, what happened to it, and what we might do to restore it. His goal is not that we all agree on the common good. It is that we get into the habit of thinking and talking about it, listening to each other’s views and providing a means for people with opposing views to debate these questions civilly. Presented by the Cal Class of 1968 and the Goldman School of Public Policy’s Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement (founded by the Class of 1968). Recorded on 10/12/2018. [10/2018] [Show
ID: 34200]

Do the Math – The Movie

350.org– Apr 21, 2013

Join the Movement at http://www.350.org

Do the Math: A Movie to Spark a Movement

The fossil fuel industry is killing us.

They have five times the amount of coal, gas and oil that is safe to burn — and they are planning on burning it all. Left to their own devices, they’ll push us past the brink of cataclysmic disaster — life as we know it will be irrevocably altered forever. Unless we rise up and fight back.

Do The Math chronicles follows the climate crusader Bill McKibben as he works with a rising global movement in a David-vs-Goliath fight to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis.

This growing groundswell of climate activists is going after the fossil fuel industry directly, energizing a movement like the ones that overturned the great immoral institutions of the past century, such as Apartheid in South Africa. The film follows people who are putting their bodies on the line the Keystone XL Pipeline and leading universities and institutions to divest in the corporate polluters hellbent on burning fossil fuels no matter the cost.

The film also features a veritable who’s who of the climate movement including Dr. James Hansen (Director, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies), Naomi Klein (Author, The Shock Doctrine), Lester Brown (President, Earth Policy Institute), Michael Brune (Executive Director, Sierra Club), Majora Carter (Founder, Sustainable South Bronx), Jessy Tolkan (Co-Executive Director of Citizen Engagement Laboratory), Phil Radford (Executive Director of Greenpeace), James Gustave Speth (Co-Founder of Natural Resources Defense Council), Mike Tidwell (Executive Director, CCAN), Van Jones (CNN Correspondent & Author, The Green Collar Economy), Bobby Kennedy Jr. (President, Waterkeeper Alliance ), among others.

The Transfer of Power in Africa: Decolonization, 1940-1960: Prosser Gifford, William Roger Louis

  • Publisher‏ : ‎ Yale University Press (January 24, 1988)
  • Language‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback‏ : ‎ 656 pages
  • ISBN-10‏ : ‎ 0300043481
  • ISBN-13‏ : ‎ 978-0300043488
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.07 pounds
  • Dimensions‏ : ‎ 6.25 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches

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      • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Yale University Press; First edition. (September 10, 1988)
      • Language ‏ : ‎ English
      • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 651 pages
      • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0300040709
      • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0300040708
      • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.45 pounds
      • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.5 x 2 x 9.5 inches

Muslims beyond the Arab World: The Odyssey of Ajami and the Muridiyya (AAR Religion, Culture, and History): Fallou Ngom

Muslims beyond the Arab World explores

the vibrant tradition of writing African languages using the modified Arabic script (‘Ajami) alongside the rise of the Muridiyya Sufi order in Senegal. The book demonstrates how the development of the ‘Ajami literary tradition is entwined with the flourishing of the Muridiyya into one of sub-Saharan Africa’s most powerful and dynamic Sufi organizations. It offers a close reading of the rich hagiographic and didactic written, recited, and chanted ‘Ajami texts of the Muridiyya, works largely unknown to scholars. The texts describe the life and Sufi odyssey of the order’s founder, Shaykh Ahmadu Bamba Mbakke (1853-1927),his conflicts with local rulers and Muslim clerics and the French colonial administration, and the traditions and teachings he championed that permanently shaped the identity and behaviors of his followers.

Fallou Ngom evaluates prevailing representations of the Muridiyya movement and offers alternative perspectives. He demonstrates how the Mur?ds used their written, recited, and chanted ‘Ajami materials as an effective mass communication tool in conveying to the masses Bamba’s poignant odyssey, doctrine, the virtues he stood for and cultivated among his followers-self-esteem, self-reliance, strong faith, work ethic, pursuit of excellence, determination, nonviolence, and optimism in the face of adversity-without the knowledge of the French colonial administration and many academics. Muslims beyond the Arab World argues that this is the source of the resilience, appeal, and expansion of Muridiyya, which has fascinated observers since its inception in 1883.


“[T]he book is essential reading for advanced scholars of the Muriýdiyya or Islam in Africa and it will be key to the scholar who constructs the regional odyssey of Ajamiý that is, the
sociohistorical emergence of West African vernacular language literacy in Muslim contexts.”–Religious Studies Review
“For those who wish to make sense of recent events in West Africa, Ngom’s book is an excellent place to begin. He corrects many false images of Africa as a continent without writing and demonstrates the dangers of relying exclusively upon oral culture and colonialist-written sources alone. Ngom’s book has set a new standard for African studies.”–Reading Religion
“Fallou Ngom lifts us a giant step toward decolonizing what ‘literacy’ can mean, while giving writing in Wolof, the dominant language of Senegal, its rightful place among Muslim literatures of the world. ‘Ajami is the modification of Arabic script to accommodate local languages, and for centuries it has been used to communicate people’s own senses of purpose, place, and divine province, as it does for Murids and other Senegalese Sufis. Ngom’s evocative pages make abundantly clear what has been lost to most Africanist scholars who have ignored the richly self-reflexive resources of ‘Ajami.”-Allen F. Roberts, Professor of World Arts and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles

“Fallou Ngom’s Muslims beyond the Arab World is a brilliant demonstration that Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa is not peripheral to a Muslim world centered on Arab societies: it is its own center and has produced throughout the centuries an important literature in Arabic, but also often in ‘Ajami, that is, texts written in the local languages adapting and using the Arabic script. Fallou Ngom’s work is centered on the ‘Ajamization of Islamic sciences and literature by Muslim scholars who authored important texts in Wolof, in poetry and in prose, following the recommendation of Shaykh Ahmadu Bamba, the founder of the Muridiyya Sufi order. Ngom’s book makes manifest that Islam is one and plural, that it speaks Arabic, the language of the Qur’an, but other Islamic languages as well, Wolof being one great example eloquently presented here as a language of written erudition.”-Souleymane Bachir Diagne, author of African Art as Philosophy: Senghor, Bergson and the Idea of Negritude

“This ‘Ajami odyssey makes a signal contribution to the study of Islamic thought in Africa and beyond. Ngom skillfully illustrates how the Muridiyya Sufi order has used African languages materials to make meaning and history, thereby becoming one of the most dynamic Islamic movements in the world today. By focusing on how Murids have articulated and embodied a unique vision of the past deeply rooted in humanistic values of peace, service, and ethics, Ngom also casts precious light on the development of vernacular languages, cultures, and historicities throughout the Muslim world.”-Rudolph T. Ware, Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan

About the Author

Fallou Ngom is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the African Studies Center at Boston University. His research interests include the interactions between African languages and non-African languages, the adaptations of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa, and ‘Ajami literatures-records of African languages written in Arabic script. He has held Fulbright, ACLS/SSRC/NEH, and Guggenheim fellowships.

  • Publisher‏ : ‎ Oxford University Press; Illustrated edition (July 1, 2016)
  • Language‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10‏ : ‎ 0190279869
  • ISBN-13‏ : ‎ 978-0190279868
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.35 pounds
  • Dimensions‏ : ‎ 9.3 x 1 x 6.1 inches

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Woldemariam Discusses Tigray War on MEI Podcast | The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies

Michael Woldemariam, Associate Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, appeared on the Middle East Institute’s (MEI) Middle East Focus podcast to discuss the ongoing Tigrayan conflict that includes Ethiopia and Eritrea and the influence of external players.

Nathenael Gemechu, Research Assistant at MEI moderates the conversation with Woldemariam and Guled Ahmed, MEI Non-Resident Scholar, on Ethiopia in the first installment of a two-part series on the Horn of Africa. In his comments, Woldemariam discussed the origins of the Tigrayan conflict, the progression of the war, the state of diplomatic negotiations as well as international measures to intervene in the conflict. In discussing how he thinks the conflict might move forward, Woldemariam said that the main priority in Ethiopia is to make the “humanitarian truce” tangible, which would require full humanitarian access to enter conflict-ridden areas of the Tigray region.

Michael Woldemariam is an associate professor of International Relations at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies whose teaching and research interests are in African security studies, with a particular focus on armed conflict in the Horn of Africa. Woldemariam’s scholarly work has been published in the journals Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Terrorism and Political Violence, Journal of Strategic Studies, and the Journal of Eastern African Studies. Read more here.

Mapping Latin America: A Cartographic Reader: Jordana Dym, Karl Offen


For many, a map is nothing more than a tool used to determine the location or distribution of something—a country, a city, or a natural resource. But maps reveal much more: to really read a map means to examine what it shows and what it doesn’t, and to ask who made it, why, and for whom. The contributors to this new volume ask these sorts of questions about maps of Latin America, and in doing so illuminate the ways cartography has helped to shape this region from the Rio Grande to Patagonia.

In Mapping Latin America, Jordana Dym and Karl Offen bring together scholars from a wide range of disciplines to examine and interpret more than five centuries of Latin American maps.Individual chapters take on maps of every size and scale and from a wide variety of mapmakers—from the hand-drawn maps of Native Americans, to those by famed explorers such as Alexander von Humboldt, to those produced in today’s newspapers and magazines for the general public. The maps collected here, and the interpretations that accompany them, provide an excellent source to help readers better understand how Latin American countries, regions, provinces, and municipalities came to be defined, measured, organized, occupied, settled, disputed, and understood—that is, how they came to have specific meanings to specific people at specific moments in time.

The first book to deal with the broad sweep of mapping activities across Latin America, this lavishly illustrated volume will be required reading for students and scholars of geography and Latin American history, and anyone interested in understanding the significance of maps in human cultures and societies.


“Mapping Latin America . . . is the first publication that takes on the ambitious and long overdue task of showcasing the crucial role that maps have played in shaping human communities across the entire region and, no less importantly, in demonstrating their value to students and scholars alike in gaining new insights into the societies that produced them. . . . [T]he volume succeeds admirably in demonstrating that scholars of colonial and modern periods alike would do well to take seriously the role of space and spatial representation in the shaping of Latin America’s societies, cultures, and environments. This book will appeal not only to students and scholars of Latin America but to anyone with an interest in critical studies of cartography and visual culture.” — Heidi V. Scott, University of Massachusetts, Amherst ― Imago Mundi

“[Mapping Latin America] adds a unique and valuable perspective about the region. . . . Recommended.” — L. Yachner ― Choice

“This compendium will appeal to a diverse array of groups, from the casual reader to the most avid ‘map geek’. . . . The accompanying essays do an excellent job of situating each map in the appropriate political, economic and/or cultural context, and the book can thus be read in its entirety or used as a resource to shed light on a particular place and time in the region’s history. As such, it would be a good addition to the bookshelves of many scholars interested in the geography or history of Latin America, clearly illustrating the power of maps.” — Edward L. Jackiewicz, California State University, Northridge ― Journal of Latin American Studies

“This is one of the most important books to have appeared on a Latin American topic in the last quarter century and beyond. . . . What this superb volume does is inspire one to look and think, and thus hopefully to promote a deeper understanding of the representation of meaningful spatial distributions.” — David J. Robinson, Syracuse University ― Journal of Latin American Geography

“This volume, which serves as a source of original insights about particular times and places as well as a methodological primer for use in the classroom, will without doubt catalyze even greater interest in the roles of those and other types of maps in Latin American history.” — Andrew Sluyter, Louisiana State University ― Hispanic American Historical Review

“Ambitious and wide-ranging, . . . Mapping Latin America is an excellent resource for undergraduate instructors who can use these maps as primary documents to explore major themes and developments in Latin American history. That the volume’s contributors are experts across a wide range of disciplines illustrates the interdisciplinary interest in, and relevance of, these maps. The reader will also likely inspire greater critical cartographical readings of graphic texts among geographers and historians alike.” — Sarah A. Blue, Texas State University ― Journal of Historical Geography

“Mapping Latin America offers a new kind of map history, one that brilliantly combines interdisciplinary approaches to maps that range over many centuries, producing insightful essays that ground the maps firmly in the societies that created and consumed them. It sets a significant new standard both for the history of cartography in Latin America and for the study of cartography itself.”

David Rumsey, Cartography Associates, David Rumsey Map Collection

“Mapping Latin America gathers together the foremost scholars of cartography and Latin American history. The novel format of the work allows Jordana Dym and Karl Offen to present a stunning range of cartographic materials, all carefully contextualized by the outstanding scholarship of the authors, which notably includes assessment of the contributions of indigenous cultures. Illustrating over five hundred years of mapping, this work is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the history of Latin America.”

Neil L. Whitehead, University of Wisconsin–Madison

“In a single volume, featuring fifty-seven succinct yet authoritative chapters, Dym and Offen have not only remapped the field of Latin American historical cartography, but have also charted a new path for critical map studies. More than a millennium’s time depth and a continent’s expanse are surveyed with fascinating details and composite illumination. Area specialists, devoted cartophiles, and adventuresome readers in general will find this collection a delight.”

Kent Mathewson, Louisiana State University

About the Author

Jordana Dym is associate professor of history and director of Latin American studies at Skidmore College and the author of From Sovereign Villages to National States: City, State and Federation in Central America, 1759–1838. Karl Offenis associate professor of geography at the University of Oklahoma.

  • Publisher‏ : ‎ University of Chicago Press; Illustrated edition (September 28, 2011)
  • Language‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback‏ : ‎ 358 pages
  • ISBN-10‏ : ‎ 0226618226
  • ISBN-13‏ : ‎ 978-0226618227
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2 pounds
  • Dimensions‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 1.2 x 11 inches

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