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Mahmood Mamdani · The African University · LRB 19 July 2018

It is striking, in the postcolonial era, how little the modern African university has to do with African institutions. It draws its inspiration from the colonial period and takes as its model the discipline based, gated community that maintained a distinction between clearly defined groups: administrators, academics and fee-paying students. …

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Literature Is the Minefield of the Imagination: An Interview with Gabriela Alemán

JULY 17, 2018 GABRIELA ALEMÁN’S NOVEL Poso Wells features a demagogic presidential candidate, women who vanish from a squatter settlement, international mining corporations, journalism and poetry, birdwatchers and erupting volcanos, a pet poisonous snake, local grassroots organizers and political bosses, and hired guns. I discovered this manic tour de force …

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A Holocaust in Slow Motion: On Kelly Lytle Hernández’s “City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, And The Rise Of Human Caging In Los Angeles, 1771-1965”

JULY 16, 2018 IN 1973, while I was living communally in a giant geodesic dome in the Rocky Mountains, I read a story by Ursula K. Le Guin, which convinced me, briefly, that walking away had been a good idea. In the story, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas,” …

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