Author Archives: Alexandra Tursi

Alexandra Tursi

Alexandra Tursi edits the Visuals section of Identity Theory and also contributes to our Social Justice Blog. She is a 2005 graduate of Cornell University, where she studied political science. She is also a writer for Artscope Magazine. You can email her at

The Eco-Critical Photographer: An Interview With Subhankar Banerjee

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Banerjee’s photographs ask us to reframe the way we look at our environment, by focusing on one eco-system–the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge–and the indigenous tribes, native animals and geological structures that populate it.

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The Activist Artist: An Interview With Wendy Testu

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San Francisco-based artist and teacher Wendy Testu discusses her latest project: a labor of love that galvanizes one community around its social and environmental history.

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New Interpretation Takes “Waiting for Godot” to Post-Katrina New Orleans

“We took the very basic idea of theater, which is a relationship between an actor and an audience, and expanded that to build community.”-Christopher McElroen, co-founder and executive director of Classical Theatre of Harlem–Beckett’s Waiting for Godot has been lauded by many as the play of our time. (A recent British National Theatre survey determined […]

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Major Jackson

Major Jackson

Major Jackson’s books of poetry include Hoops and Leaving Saturn. The latter was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. His work has appeared in such publications as the American Poetry Review, Boulevard, and The New Yorker.

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Father of Green Revolution Dies: Norman Borlaug, 1914-2009

“When wheat is ripening properly, when the wind is blowing across the field, you can hear the beards of the wheat rubbing together. They sound like the pine needles in a forest. It is a sweet, whispering music that once you hear, you never forget.”-Norman Borlaug-Norman Borlaug is credited with saving 245 million lives. That’s […]

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Elvin from on Vimeo.The video above is about Elvin, a healthcare professional who has worked as a nurse for more than 20 years and also holds a degree in political science. He has been married for 25 years and has three children.As writes: “Elvin sounds like someone you’d meet at a baseball game […]

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Interview with Photographer William L. Wacker

Artist and wanderlust William Wacker shares images and impressions gathered during his recent tour of Asia, why he needs to catch up on vampire flicks and how, when it comes to art, it’s sometimes best to “shoot from the hip.”

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Long Live Photojournalism: Call for Submissions from the Visuals Section

The New York Times recently proclaimed the death of photojournalism.

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Free Aung San Suu Kyi

“The door remains open for the regime to respect the wishes of the Burmese people and international community, and to step toward the path of engagement after so many years of isolation.”-United States Department of State-Aung San Suu Kyi, the visionary Burmese pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was sentenced Tuesday to three years […]

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Girls Start to Speak Out About Violence Against Women

“Studies have shown that up to 46 percent of women in developing countries have experienced at least one episode of sexual abuse in childhood. Most girls in developing countries live in a world completely devoid of safety. In a previous blog I talked about a World Bank study that found that as far as poor […]

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The Other Side of the Penny: Stanford University Launches “Pathways” Magazine, Full of In-Depth Analysis of Distribution of Wealth and Inequality

This past weekend I took a crash course in the economy and inequality studies. My guide? Pathways Magazine, the brainchild of Stanford University’s Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, and two senior editors – David Grusky and Christopher Wimer (along with an editorial board of scholars from the nation’s top colleges and universities).Pathways […]

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Vermont Community Galvanizes Around Creating Support Systems and Solutions for Refugees Who Are Victims of Torture

“Recently a group of Vermonters who work with refugees, asylum seekers and new immigrants have joined in a collaborative effort to ensure that Vermont’s torture survivors get access to all the medical, psychological, legal and social services they deserve. The group, called New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma, or NESTT, has been quietly working […]

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Do Social Networks Like MySpace and Facebook Reveal Class Divisions?

“What we’re seeing is a modern incarnation of white flight…It should scare the hell out of us.” -danah boyd-danah boyd, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, has spent the past four years studying, observing and analyzing how US teens use social networks. What she’s found is that high-school students began showing […]

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The Place of Women on the Nation’s Highest Court: An Interview with Ruth Bader Ginsberg

“It’s almost like being back in law school in 1956, when there were 9 of us in a class of over 500, so that meant most sections had just 2 women, and you felt that every eye was on you. Every time you went to answer a question, you were answering for your entire sex. […]

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Amnesty International Urges China to Conduct a Fair and Impartial Investigation in Urumqi

“There has been a tragic loss of life and it is essential that an urgent independent investigation takes place to bring all those responsible for the deaths to justice…Violence and abuses from either the authorities or protestors is in no way justified.”-Roseann Rife, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director Asia-Pacific-Amnesty International today called on the authorities in […]

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