Archives for 2016

Five Political Promises and What They Say About Our World (TIME)

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TIME magazine compiles five of the most significant promises recently made by politicians around the globe—and what they tell us about the world in which we live.

Scientists Discover There Are Four Species of Giraffes (New York Times)

dna strandThe Giraffe Conservation Foundation tested nearly 200 giraffes across Africa and discovered that there are distinct species with varied mutation patterns, as well as a few visible differences.

There are now four determined species: the southern giraffe, the Masai giraffe, the reticulated giraffe, and the northern giraffe. The discovery raises important implications for giraffe conservation. Read more.

Shaun Leonardo ’01 Makes ‘Most Memorable Artworks’ List (Artnet News)

Shaun El C. Leonardo ’01

Shaun El C. Leonardo ’01

The critics at artnet say Shaun Leonardo’s I Can’t Breathe is one of 2016’s “most memorable artworks,” joining works by such artists as Christo,Vito Acconci, and Ai Weiwei.

Leonardo’s performance piece evokes the last minutes of Eric Garner, who died in Staten Island in 2014 after being put in a police chokehold. In the performance, Leonardo teaches participants how to use the blocks and evasive moves that Garner attempted to resist the police. “These techniques…qualify as resisting arrest,” and can unfortunately escalate a situation, according to Artnet. During the workshop, Leonardo repeats Garner’s final words, “I can’t breathe.” Read more.

When Does Protesting Work? (Washington Post)

Time for changeThe US is in an era of political dissent, with Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock, and the protests of President-elect Donald Trump demonstrating a population uneasy with current norms. A political scientist breaks down what works and doesn’t work when it comes to civil resistance, offering “10 established social science insights” about nonviolence protest. For example, number seven is “success takes time.” The average nonviolent campaign takes three years.