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Opossums don’t make it to the age of three in the wild, cicadas live for seventeen years (mostly underground), and whales can live for two centuries. In Methuselah’s Zoo by Steven Austad, stories of long-lived animal species and what they might teach us about human health and longevity.
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Decolonizing Design author Elizabeth “Dori” Tunstall asks how modernist design has encompassed and advanced the genocidal project of colonization—and shows how design might address these harms.
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Whiteness by Martin Lund
In his urgent contribution to MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Martin Lund examines the socially constructed phenomenon of whiteness, tracing its creation, its changing formation, and its power to privilege and protect people who are perceived as white. Whiteness is not one single idea but a shifting, overarching category, a flexible cluster of historically, culturally, and geographically contingent ideals and standards that enable systems of hierarchical classification. Lund studies words used to talk about whiteness, from white privilege to white fragility; the intersections of whiteness with race, class, and gender; whiteness in popular culture; and such ideas as “colorblindness” and “reverse racism,” which, he argues, actually uphold whiteness.
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