On 21 April the Four Freedoms Awards were presented in Middelburg. Four what? I hear you say. The ‘thinking person’s Oscars’, or the ‘poor person’s Nobel’, the FFs draw their inspiration from Franklin Roosevelt’s ‘Four Freedoms speech’ on 6 January 1941.
Lecturer Natalia Donner gave a critical tour of the Aztec exhibition in the Volkenkundig Museum in Leiden. One of her students reports about the excursion and the central question: how to frame objects from an ancient civilization that is still alive but marginalized today?
The warm reception of Ukrainian refugees in various European countries over the past weeks has provoked comparisons with the cold reception and deportation of earlier influxes of refugees. Historian Brian Shaev explains how you can set up such comparisons in an academically sound way.
Stefano Bellucci responds to the International Studies inaugural lecture on Artificial Intelligence at the United Nations and the controversy surrounding smart cameras on campus. “A world ruled according to a technological logic is a world indifferent to the beauty and the uniqueness of humans.”
On November 23rd 2021, Students for Palestine organized an academic panel on Palestine, specifically the intersection of activism and the university. Participating students report on the event and explain why academia and politics do not exist in isolation.