When I first saw a photograph of Joshua Wong holding up a peace sign on the cover of an article, I didn’t think much of him. Little did I know that he was the teenager responsible for a national revolution in Hong Kong.
I first discovered Ai Weiwei in my art history class, where we studied his 100 million porcelain sunflower seeds, which, once collectively observed, lose their individual state of being, a metaphor for the loss of individual identity under communism. Over the summer, as I browsed through a number of Netflix documentaries, I came across “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” a title that stuck to me. It is one thing to be apologetic, but for one to be never sorry, never regretful, was a big message.
Suroosh Alvi, the final speaker in our 2017 series Undercurrent, will be joining us this Tuesday to share his experiences as co-founder of VICE Media. Alvi launched VICE magazine in 1994 that later expanded to a multimedia network with online streaming of original documentaries and news reports, an Emmy-award winning series on HBO, and most recently a 24-hour television channel. Check out some of the most fascinating pieces and reports from VICE and then join us today in Shriver Hall at 8:00 PM.
Overview of VICE
- VICE Magazine: The magazine that started it all – it originally covered arts and pop culture but has since expanded to include news events.
- VICE (TV Series): In 2013, HBO featured VICE's first season of international coverage on subjects such as North Korea, Chinese ghost towns during the housing boom, and underground heroin clinics. The series was awarded an Emmy and recently premiered it's fifth season in 2017.
- VICE News: Reportage that includes videos and full-length documentaries that delve into subjects utilizing the 'immersionist' technique of embedding correspondents during their reports.
- VICELAND: Launched in 2016, VICE's TV channel hosts shows that covers topics including news, lifestyle, sex, drugs, art, and culture.
NY MAG: Interview With Suroosh Alvi
VICE Season 1 Episode 10: Basketball With Kim Jong Un
VICE made history by going to North Korea to take an inside look at Kim Jong Un's life and play some basketball.
DOcumentary Exlusive: World's Scariest Drug
"VICE's Ryan Duffy went to Colombia to check out a strange and powerful drug called Scopolamine, also known as "The Devil's Breath." It's a substance so intense that it renders a person incapable of exercising free will. The first few days in the country were a harrowing montage of freaked-out dealers and unimaginable horror stories about Scopolamine. After meeting only a few people with firsthand experience, the story took a far darker turn than we ever could have imagined."
VICE Report: Iran's Fashion Scene is Blossoming Under SHaria Law
Before Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, citizens weren't required to wear the Islamic cover known as the hijab and the country's fashion was almost identical to that of the United States and Europe. After the revolution, though, the hijab became required by law.
Although the standard black hijab is still commonplace—especially in rural areas in the country—Iran has recently seen a fashion renaissance, and cities like Tehran are becoming home to new and innovative designers. The clothing may still have to respect the Islamic dress codes, but the bright colors and designs would never have been seen a decade ago in Iran.
Last summer, VICE went to Tehran to attend the third annual Fajr Fashion Show and speak with some of Iran's new designers. The country's top officials—responsible for granting permission for the show—were all seated in the front row to show their support. And to make sure the models were adhering to the country's law.
We are excited to welcome Ron Capps from the Veterans Writing Project as this year's Anne Smedinghoff Award Recipient for our 2017 series Undercurrent. The Veterans Writing Project is a Washington D.C-based nonprofit founded upon the core belief that every veteran has a story worth telling. VWP provides no-cost writing seminars to veterans, service members, and military family members and commits itself to helping veterans cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. As the founder and director, Ron Capps served 25 years in government service between the Army and the Foreign Service. Capps has been published on Time and The New York Times, and served as a consultant for Time, Rolling Stone, and PBS Frontline. His memoir, Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years - outlining his time in the service and his personal struggles with PTSD - was published in 2014.
We've collected some incredible excerpts of writings from the project for you to peruse. Join us at 7:30 PM in Mudd Hall on April 5, 2017 to find out more.
Interview with NPR
"Back From The Brink: War, Suicide, And PTSD" by Ron capps
Here's an excerpt from one of Capps thrilling pieces. You can read the rest of the short story here.
"Extreme Measures" by Larry Thacker
TED Talk: Bearing Witness to One's Truth
Inspired by the Veterans Writing Project, English teacher Jim Ott began to teach writing courses to Veterans in California. Ott discusses the importance of empathy and supporting veterans through the healing process in this TED talk. Watch the full video here:
Please join us in welcoming another Hopkins alum back to campus as the fourth speaker in our 2017 series, Undercurrent, the first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the United States – Aneesh Chopra. Chopra graduated from Johns Hopkins with a B.A. in Public Health and served as the first CTO under President Obama in 2009 until 2012. As the first appointed CTO, Chopra was responsible for expanding the use of technology in building connections between the federal government and citizens as well as furthering the goals of improved access to resources via applied technology. Chopra will be joining us in Mudd Auditorium at 7:30 PM – we hope to see you there.
Initiatives Under Chopra's Leadership
Here are just a few of the key initiatives that Chopra spearheaded during his tenure as CTO.
- Open Government Initiative – Driven by the idea that government should be transparent, participatory, and collaborative. Created a forum for solutions to be suggested by members of the public for federal government issues.
- Innovate health care delivery – Helping to design comprehensive database in healthcare.gov to make information of various plans accessible and clear for citizens.
- National Wireless Initiative – Expanding wireless coverage to 98% of Americans. Allow greater access to information for more and improve the education and work skills of the labor force.
- Startup America – fostering innovation of private companies by funding projects.
- Deliver energy efficiency – Integrating the smart grid at local levels to document reduced electricity demand.
The Atlantic: Interview with Aneesh Chopra
President Obama on Chopra's Work
Ted Talk – "The Innovative State"
We are thrilled to welcome to campus another literary sensation as the third speaker in our 2017 series, Undercurrent. Junot Diaz has captivated audiences since his short story collection Drown in 1996 followed by Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao in 2007. Diaz regularly contributes to The New Yorker and is a recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Grant. Diaz will be joining us Wednesday, February 22nd at Shriver Hall so catch up on all of his fantastic work and make sure to bring a copy of a book (or two) for a signing!
Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2008): The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Synopsis: Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd, a New Jersey romantic who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fukú — the ancient curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still dreaming of his first kiss, is only its most recent victim - until the fateful summer that he decides to be its last.
With dazzling energy and insight, Junot Díaz immerses us in the uproarious lives of our hero Oscar, his runaway sister Lola, and their ferocious beauty-queen mother Belicia, and in the epic journey from Santo Domingo to Washington Heights to New Jersey's Bergenline and back again. Rendered with uncommon warmth and humor, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao presents an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and the endless human capacity to persevere - and to risk it all - in the name of love.
This is How You Lose Her (2012)
On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness--and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own.
In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that “the half-life of love is forever.”
The NeW Yorker: "Radical Hope is Our Best Weapon"
In the days following the election of President Trump, Diaz penned a letter to his sister calling for resilience in the face of immigrant backlash. Here is an excerpt of the letter:
NPR Interview With Terry Gross
On why slang is so important in his writing:
Chicago Humanities Festival: on Immigrants, Masculinity, Nerds, and Art
We are excited to welcome Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as the second speaker of our 2017 series, Undercurrent. Adichie is a Hopkins alumna who received a master's in Writing Seminars and an honorary degree recipient in 2016. She is also a MacArthur Genius Grant recipient and author of the acclaimed novels including Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah. She will be joining us at Shriver; doors open at 7:30 PM.
TED Talk: "We Should All Be Feminists"
This TED Talk presented by Adichie in 2013 quickly went viral all over social network and media. Adichie presents an impassioned case for gender equality and the idea that activism and feminism is something everyone should participate in. Here are some of the key quotes of the talk:
Feature in Beyoncé's ***Flawless
And how could we ever forget Adichie's fabulous feature in Beyoncé's song that grasped the attention of pop culture and media everywhere.
For The New Yorker: "Now is the Time to Talk About What We Are Actually Talking About"
BBC INterview: More On the Topic of Donald Trump's Election
Adichie continues to be an outspoken critic of Donald Trump and the rise of populism. During the 2016 election, she condemned his racist platform on television, sparking the ire of many.
New York Times Interview: On Beauty, Femininity, Feminism
FAS is proud to present the first speaker of our 2017 series: political activist and conceptual artist Nadia Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot. In August 2012, three members of Pussy Riot - a feminist punk rock band - were sentenced to 2 year imprisonment following an anti-Putin performance in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. This protest attracted international media attention and support from the likes of Amnesty International and former President Barack Obama.
Tolokonnikova will be joining us on February 1st at 7 PM in Shriver Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Before you come to the event, we've collected some of the best and headline-grabbing of Tolokonnikova's performances, interviews, and op-ed pieces for you to check out.
"Punk Prayer" 2012 Guerilla Performance, Moscow
The Pussy Riot collective first made international headlines when they staged a guerilla performance at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. The song mocked Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church, ultimately resulting in a two-year prison sentence for Tolokonnikova and another member of Pussy Riot for "hooliganism." They were later released early from their sentence.
New York Times Interview – "A Warning for Americans From a Member of Pussy Riot"
Anti-Trump Song: Make America Great Again
Op-Ed: "In Case of Political Catastrophe"
Check out the full op-ed at Billboard...
In case of political catastrophe:
1. Don’t panic.
2. Stay focused. Though don’t focus just on yourself. The question “How would I survive under a Trump presidency” is false at its core: Think about those who are the most vulnerable, who’s going to suffer from a Trump presidency the most. Find ways to help them. And then -- oh, miracle! -- you’ll notice that your own political anxiety is fading away.
3. Learn your history. Figure out what you can do; follow your plan and your social justice dream -- day by day, step by step.
4. A is for Activist: a social justice's hustler. Think beyond egocentrism -- stop asking yourself how you’re going to change the world. Hey, you can not change the world alone. But go hustle for justice anyway; make your input, your energy, an idea, an impulse. It will make a difference.
5. Be thankful for any achievement. Even if it seems small to you. Look around: You could either hate all those people and turn your life into a hell, or you could love them, and it’ll bring heaven to the earth.
6. If your government is a pile of trash - build your own guerrilla government. Build and participate and support the network of alternative institutions, organizations, initiatives. We’d better be smart and fast in creating effective alternatives in those areas where government and corporation fails: healthcare, education, media.
7. Fight for your right. Obstacles should not discourage you from action. The opposite is truth: Let obstacles motivate you.
8. Respect your mistakes. Even a total disaster could teach you some important lessons. Like: You got Trump and it royally sucks, but it may be a sign that it’s time for a radical political analysis -- it’s time to analyze systemic political diseases. It’s time to think about 1% and 99% dialectics. It’s time to question -- how it’s possible that many human beings are treated in our society as disposables; basing on class, race, sex, religion. Think about mass incarceration. Imagine for a second what does it mean -- to be released from prison and be rejected everywhere, to feel like a second-class human being.
9. Don’t sit around like the world owes you something. Give yourself to the world, be a human gift to the world -- cherish it, love it, share yourself with it. And be attentive and thankful enough to notice gifts and miracles that the world sends you back.
10. I want to exist, therefore I protest. Proclaim -- loudly -- your presence. Our scream is loud. Sometimes it suffocates us cause we run out of breath. We break our voices when we’re trying too hard. But it’s our price to pay. When you want to put something on fire, you need to burn yourself. A miracle happens just when you wish for it is so real so you could eat it for breakfast instead of eggs.
Name: Maddie Goodman
FAS Position: Programming Staff Member
Where did you go? Sevilla, Spain
Why did you choose to go there? I chose Sevilla (Seville) for several different reasons. Having taken Spanish in High School and during my Freshman year of college, I knew I wanted a Spanish-speaking country to better my language skills and attain a certain level of fluency. Additionally, I thought that having working proficiency with a language would enable me to fully immerse myself in the culture and society, and it also allowed me to direct enroll in the University in the city. Lastly, I had been to Spain before with my family, specifically Barcelona, and absolutely loved it. However I knew that I wanted some place off the beaten path, and I felt that in Sevilla (which is the fourth largest city in Spain) was a little bit atypical to study abroad in. I also loved that the city had so much history built into it - all of southern Spain was actually ruled by the Islamic Empire centuries ago, and has a ton of Moorish/Muslim influence.
How did FAS influence your decision to go? FAS fosters diverse and worldly discourse, providing students with valuable perspectives on a variety of world issues. I think FAS influenced my decision in that I felt the need to go somewhere I had never been and really knew nothing about in order to gain a more global, worldly perspective.
What has been your favorite part/experience? Wow that’s so hard to answer … there’s literally so much I could talk about. I absolutely loved almost every aspect of my abroad experience, from the friends I made, Spanish culture, and the food I ate. I think Sevilla the city itself was probably my favorite part. I loved the city - like looooooove with a capital “L.” It’s amazingly beautiful and the weather is consistently great - it never dips below about 50 degrees in the winter. It’s such a culturally and historically rich city, and with so much to do as well. But if I had to sum it all up one sentence my favorite part was the old buildings that lined the river, becoming practically fluent in Spanish, the endless olives, siesta (a three hour nap in the middle of the day), cheap and flavorful wine, and the friends that I made.
What did you miss (or not miss) about Hopkins? I definitely didn’t miss the stress. It’s no secret that Hopkins can be really stressful, but a lot of it stems from the fact that everybody thinks that every second of the day you have to be doing work. When you’re abroad, it provides you with the opportunity to step back from work and life, and remember the things that truly matter. That assignment that you have due in 2 weeks will not teach you anything grand or amazingly important about life. We all should take time to slow down, breathe, and open ourselves up to knew experiences and memories.
I definitely missed my friends a lot, and the time difference made it hard to communicate. But I also made lots of new friends!
What Is Your Name? Jack Laylin
What Year Are You? 2017
Your Major? International Studies and Political Science
What was your position in FAS? Marketing Director for the 2014-2015 year and Executive Director for the 2015-2016 year.
Where are you studying? King’s College London, United Kingdom
Why did you chose to study there? To spend some time in a different political system, learn about it from the inside, and explore the UK from top to bottom.
Did FAS help you decide where you wanted to study abroad? In a big way, because I deferred my abroad experience to senior fall to ensure I would be able to be Executive Director of FAS during my junior year. Also, FAS’ staff diversity allowed me to weigh the hometown experiences of international students, as well the the abroad experiences of older students, to understand on what I wanted from my study abroad experience. There’s a great culture of expanding your horizons in FAS, so I was definitely encouraged to take at least one semester off.
What Has Been Your Favorite Part/Experience of studying abroad? Being in London for class at 11AM, and in Paris for dinner at 3PM. That’s pretty incredible. Europe has a way of making the world feel very small and very big at the same time. Cultural destinations are so concentrated here, yet the people come from all corners of the earth. As I’m writing this, I hear Mandarin, Spanish, Welsh, and Arabic--plus a couple languages I cannot identify. And tea time is pretty fabulous.
Are there any things that you miss (or don’t miss) about Hopkins? Call me crazy, but the UK university system makes Hopkins look so administratively advanced. Registering for classes electronically, for instance, is unheard of here. I also miss the campus culture and running into my friends between classes. Most of all, I miss Carma’s cookies.
Name: Jilliann Pak
Majors: International Studies & Sociology (GSCD Track)
FAS position: Public Relations staff member
Where are you? Oxford University, England
What are you studying at Oxford? Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) program
Why did you choose to go there? Oxford was the most compelling study abroad option for me because I really wanted to experience a completely different education system, while maintaining the rigor and quality that Hopkins provides. The renowned tutorial system at Oxford seemed like the perfect choice! I also wanted to stay in a city that had a “college town” culture and close-knit communities as a opposed to a large metropolitan city. All of the gorgeous libraries and churches were definitely a plus factor.
How did FAS influence your decision to go? It was a really tough decision to choose Oxford since my program is a full year experience, especially since I didn’t want to miss out on all the FAS events in the Spring (planning and staffing events was seriously one of the highlights of my sophomore year). But past FAS staff have been quite the adventurous bunch in studying abroad and everyone encouraged me to go since Hopkins will always be waiting when I get back. Ultimately, I think being a part of FAS has really shaped how curious and outgoing I am about engaging with ideas, norms, and cultures outside of what I am acquainted with!
What has been your favorite part/experience? Oxford was founded in the 12th century and along with that incredibly long history comes a ton of traditions. Some of my favorite aspects of being a student at Oxford is going to formal halls (three course meals with free-flowing wine during which everyone dresses up), attending balls, and being a part of established student societies. Social events at Oxford are taken very seriously and there is a huge culture of going out with all your friends for big nights, typically balls thrown by colleges or societies, every term. Another cool thing is that drinking and socializing with your professors is very common here… I’ve been trying to get used to drinking wine while simultaneously discussing the state of American politics with them. I’ll also never get over the feeling of being able to roam around all the colleges and libraries that tourists are lining up to tour – it makes me feel very lucky to be here.
What do you miss about Hopkins? I miss everything about Hopkins! Especially the very dependable work structure. At Oxford, I only have two tutorials, one primary and one secondary, where we meet for one hour to discuss my essay for the week. The essays are typically around 8 pages each and based on a central argument from the week’s topic and readings. During the tutorial, I meet with my tutor (what we call our professors or fellows) and tutorial partner to defend the arguments made in my essay and further discuss other relevant topics. My tutor will ask me questions, point out weaknesses in my paper, and suggest other perspectives. So it really requires me to pace myself and self-learn all the material over the course of the week. It’s very writing-intensive in this way and I don’t have any exams, midterms, or other assignments other than my weekly essays. I definitely miss being able to go to seminars or lectures and I even miss taking exams. It’s definitely more diverse at Hopkins in terms of workload and structure. Also, everyone here works in the day and goes out at night, which is radically different from congregating at Brody until 3 AM. I miss that culture.
In April 2013, Johns Hopkins alumna and former FAS Executive Director Anne Smedinghoff ('09) was killed in a suicide bomb attack in southern Afghanistan while trying to deliver books to underserved school children.The eponymous award aims to Remember Anne Smedinghoff and acknowledge those committed to her values: education, development and global harmony. We are incredibly honored and excited to present the final event in our 2016 series, Architects of the Future, by welcoming an organization that truly embodies these values. We hope you will be able to join us this Thursday, April 7th at 7:30PM in Mudd Hall.
Founded in 2005, the World Bicycle Relief (WBR) is an international non-profit organization specializing in bicycle distribution in rural Africa. Founders F.K. and Leah Day developed WBR following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to increase the availability of transportation and grant individuals better access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities. Some of WBR’s projects include the Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP), Project Zambia, Project CHAI and general disaster relief. In Zambia, the WBR has distributed more than 12,000 bikes to students, teachers, and school volunteers through the BEEP Program. As a result, Zambian schools have seen an increase in student attendance and academic performance. Additionally, caretakers report that WBR’s bicycle programs have allowed them to devote more time to volunteerism in their local communities. WBR is the recipient of the 2013 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is a member of Global Impact, an alliance of over 130 of the world’s most respected international charities working to help people in need.
Anne Smedinghoff's Legacy: "Colleagues Recall Steady Rise of Young Diplomat Killed in Afghanistan"
Mobilizing Communities: Pablana
Forbes Feature: "How WBR Plans on Funding a Million Bicycles in Africa"
New York Times Opinion: "A Boy and a Bicycle"
What does a sustainable solution to poverty look like?
This year's panel, The Future of Policing in America, featured six diverse perspectives from law enforcement, journalism, public policy, local government, and social activism. We would like to thank Margaret Huang of Amnesty International for moderating the panel discussion, Baltimore Sun investigative journalist Mark Puente, activist Linda Sarsour, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, and especially Baltimore City Council Member Nick Mosby for stepping in last minute to fill an absence. Below is a link to a live-stream of the panel discussion available on the Johns Hopkins University UStream channel.
FAS is proud to present our 2016 panel: the Future of Policing in America. This year’s panel seeks to address issues of police brutality, racial injustice, abuse of power, and directions for future reform. Featured panelists include Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, co-founder of Muslims for Ferguson Linda Sarsour, Baltimore Sun investigative journalist Mark Puente, and policy analyst Donovan X. Ramsey. The panel discussion will be moderated by Amnesty International Interim Director Margaret Huang.
Drawing from the speakers's different perspectives from law enforcement, activism, public policy, and journalism, this panel presents a unique opportunity for students to engage in a discussion that is crucial to the future of Baltimore. With the events of Freddie Gray last year and following protests with many Hopkins faculty and students actively participating, we seek to continue this dialogue and find meaningful ways to address the problems that greatly affect the Baltimore community. Before joining us this evening at 7:30 PM in Shriver, take a look at some debates, articles, and editorials by panel members and prominent figures in the conversation.
Fas '14 Speaker Dr. Cornel WEst ANd Fox News Commentator Megyn Kelly Discuss BLM and "Black-on-Black" Violence
New York Magazine: Black Women and Police Violence
Panelist Mark Puente's Investigative Report for the Baltimore Sun on the Use of Tasers by Baltimore PD
"The first-ever data analysis of all Taser incidents in Maryland reveals that police agencies across the state have predominantly used the devices against suspects who posed no immediate threat. In hundreds of cases over a three-year period, police didn't follow widely accepted safety recommendations."
Panelist Donovan X. Ramsey, FiveThirtyEight: Tracking Police Violence a Year After Ferguson
The Conservative Review: Responding to Black Lives Matter
The AtLantic: "Nonviolence as Compliance"
This past week political pundit Ezra Klein joined us to discuss everything that's happening with the 2016 presidential elections. Klein's perspective infused his trademark wit and humor with an engaging and easily comprehensible breakdown of very complicated matters. His talk was full of little gems and if you weren't able to make it, don't worry we live-tweeted the evening and collected his best quotes below.
The Power of Money in Politics
Political Parties & Polarization
Is the GOP Establishment Losing Control?
The Democratic Primary
Bernie Sanders and "Socialism"
What does a Donald Trump presidency look like?
Why does Everyone hate Ted Cruz?
The Future of the 2016 Presidential Election
This week, renowned environmental activist and author Naomi Klein joined us as the Presidential speaker in our 2016 series "Architects of the Future." Klein critiqued the Paris Climate Agreement, advocated for climate justice, discussed the need for an economic system change, and the radical solutions that the climate crisis necessitates. Relive her talk with the most compelling arguments of the evening.
UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP 21)
Hurricane Katrina and "Climate Shocks"
Climate JusticE and energy reparations
The Need for System Change
the Future for climate activists
Naomi Klein is the Presidential speaker in our 2016 Series "Architects of the Future." Klein is a renowned environmental activist and the author of "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate," one of The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014. In the book she argues that global capitalism and climate change are bound together and we require radical solutions to our economic system to address the climate crisis. In 2015, the book was adapted into a documentary.
Klein will speaking at Hopkins this Tuesday, February 23rd at 6PM in Shriver Hall. Catch up on some of her interviews, features, and the debate surrounding capitalism and climate and change before coming to join us.
THe New York Times Sunday Book Review: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
Film: THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING (2015)
The companion feature-length documentary to Klein's bestseller, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING explores environmental activists worldwide who are fighting to make progress in the climate crisis.
United Nations Climate Change Conference (cop 21): Klein Blogs live from PariS
Klein was present at the UN Climate Change Conference 2015 held in Paris. But she says the agreements reached at COP 21, while a step in the right direction, are not nearly enough in magnitude in effectively addressing the climate crisis.
Salon Interview: "There are no non-radical options left before us"
In her interview with Salon, Klein argues that gradualism is no longer a viable answer to the climate crisis. She also points out the importance of merging coalitions on the issues of racial and gender equality and poverty, forming the base for a climate justice movement that "can win."
Critique of Naomi Klein: "Can Climate Change Cure Capitalism?"
In her more critical review of This Changes Everything, Kolbert argues that Klein's argument that the climate justice movement has the potential to capture the attention of the masses is far-fetched.
Last Wednesday night, over 1300+ Hopkins students, faculty, journalists, and Baltimore community members lined up to see Edward Snowden connect via video conference from an undisclosed location in Russia. The headlining event in our 2016 spring series, Architects of the Future, attracted a crowd that lined up all the way back to the Breezeway – our must successful event yet. For those unable to make it in person, we collected the best of quotes of the evening to recap the event.
The importance of privacy
The consequences of the 2013 intelligence leaks
Government failure to protect the citizens' rights
On journalists and his method of leaking information
The politics of whistleblowing
Why he did it
Terrorism and the "Infrastructure of Fear"
Prospects of Returning to The United States?
In 2013, Edward Snowden captured global headlines when he leaked information on the mass-surveillance programs of the NSA, inciting fervent debates over privacy and government intelligence. He has received many honors for his actions, including The Guardian's Person of the Year and a spot on TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the World. Snowden—who lives in an undisclosed location in Russia, where he has been granted temporary asylum—will appear via a live video broadcast on February 17th at 8PM.
First, a timeline of the NSA leaks and exactly what they entailed. Then, both sides of the debate: interviews, op-ed’s, and reports that covers all the important information you need to know.
Timeline of NSA Leaks
- June 5, 2013: The Guardian breaks coverage on leaked NSA documents that reveal the collection of telephone records from Verizon, one of the U.S.'s largest telecoms providers.
- "Communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing."
- June 6, 2013: NSA's PRISM program is revealed
- PRISM is an undisclosed program that allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats
- Allows direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants
- June 24, 2013: Edward Snowden moves from Hong Kong to Moscow, seeking asylum
- July 31, 2013: XKeyscore revealed
- Allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals
- "Widest-reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet
- August 1, 2013: Russia grants Edward Snowden temporary asylum, against U.S. demands
- October 30, 2013: Joint program with British agency – MUSCULAR
- "Copying entire data flows across fiber-optic cables that carry information among the data centers of the Silicon Valley giants"
- May 7, 2015: Mass phone surveillance ruled illegal by U.S. Court of Appeals
- US court of appeals ruled that the bulk collection of telephone metadata is unlawful, in a landmark decision that clears the way for a full legal challenge against the National Security Agency
- June 3, 2015: Congress passes USA Freedom Act, reforms NSA surveillance practices
- The House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed a bill to end the bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records, ushering in the country’s most significant surveillance reform since 1978 two years after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations to the Guardian
NYT Op-Ed: Edward Snowden, "The World Says No to Surveillance"
The Diplomat: Zachary keck, "Yes, Edward Snowden is a traitor"
The Guardian Opinion: Shami Chakrabarti, "Let me be clear – Edward Snowden is a Hero"
Last Week Tonight: John Oliver Interviews Edward Snowden in Russia
In this satirical interview, John Oliver discovers that the public may not know the full extent of what Snowden's leak entailed.