Black Spartacus, Ledgers and Bell Hooks

Imagine the black Spartacus (Hyperallergic)
by Sarah E. Bond
How could abolitionists explain the Haitian revolution in sympathetic terms to a deeply racist white European and American audience? It suffices to graft its history on tales from ancient Rome.

Would the end of the “big books” course be a tragedy? (The New Yorker)
by Louis Menand
For some educators, the decline of college courses focused on the great works of Western civilization is a sign that universities are sliding into a crass careerist mentality. Yet these courses have in fact evolved in tandem with the university of practical research.

Remember the bell hooks (The Guardian)
by Reni Eddo-Lodge, David Olusoga, Jay Bernard, Johny Pitts, Jeffrey Boakye, Margaret Atwood, Candice Carty-Williams, Aminatta Forna, Afua Hirsch
The disappearance of the doorbell hooks leaves behind generations of writers, activists and thinkers influenced by its work. For many of them, what stands out is his blend of intellectual rigor and unabashed love.

A road is also a barrier (Infinite time)
by Darryl Jones
Roads connect humans, but they also break ecosystems. Fortunately, people around the world are developing innovative systems to help creatures bypass these dangers, from “frog tunnels” to opossum rope ladders.

Meet the first “real” centipede (Atlantic)
by Haley Weiss
It is a disappointing fact that centipedes typically have much less than 1,000 legs. But a new species surprised scientists with 1,306 outperformers. What does it do with them all? And how do researchers go about counting them, anyway?

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