Category Archives: Series

Editorial Introduction: On Horizontal Alliances, History and the Bonds of Community

By Michal Rose Friedman – Since we published our first installment of “Speaking Justice to Power: Pittsburgh Scholars respond…

Editorial Introduction: On Horizontal Alliances, History and the Bonds of Community

By Michal Rose Friedman – Since we published our first installment of “Speaking Justice to Power: Pittsburgh Scholars respond…

Memorializing the Memorial to the Tree of Life Shooting

by Laurie Zittrain Eisenberg – Tree of Life synagogue has been my family’s shul for three generations and I am currently a Board member. I went to Hebrew school, celebrated…

Memorializing the Memorial to the Tree of Life Shooting

by Laurie Zittrain Eisenberg – Tree of Life synagogue has been my family’s shul for three generations and I am currently a Board member. I went to Hebrew school, celebrated…

When Scholars are Political, Human, and Shattered

By Rachel Kranson – As both a professor of Jewish history and a local organizer with Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, I had long felt myself well-positioned as a politically-engaged…

When Scholars are Political, Human, and Shattered

By Rachel Kranson – As both a professor of Jewish history and a local organizer with Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, I had long felt myself well-positioned as a politically-engaged…

The Historian’s Craft

Thoughts on Reading and Making History in the Wake of Tree of Life by Avigail Oren – I experienced the events and aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting as a historian just as much as I did as a Jew and a resident of Pittsburgh…

The Historian’s Craft

Thoughts on Reading and Making History in the Wake of Tree of Life by Avigail Oren – I experienced the events and aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting as a historian just as much as I did as a Jew and a resident of Pittsburgh…

On Not Teaching Fast Enough, Far Enough

This summer I was asked by the United Steelworkers to give a talk on Central American migration to union leaders gathered from across the country for ongoing education in Pittsburgh…

On Not Teaching Fast Enough, Far Enough

This summer I was asked by the United Steelworkers to give a talk on Central American migration to union leaders gathered from across the country for ongoing education in Pittsburgh…

On the Politics of Reflection

On the afternoon of 30 October 2018 I left my office—late—to attend what had been described to me as a “rally” or a “protest” to coincide with President Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh in connection…

On the Politics of Reflection

On the afternoon of 30 October 2018 I left my office—late—to attend what had been described to me as a “rally” or a “protest” to coincide with President Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh in connection…

Response to the Tree of Life Shootings

Since Columbine, Americans have grown unsettlingly accustomed to mass shootings. We know what to expect from politicians, the media, and gun-control and gun rights advocates. More recently, especially since…

Response to the Tree of Life Shootings

Since Columbine, Americans have grown unsettlingly accustomed to mass shootings. We know what to expect from politicians, the media, and gun-control and gun rights advocates. More recently, especially since…

Editorial Introduction: Living in Pittsburgh in the Aftermath of the Tree of Life Shootings

The shooting that took place on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, at the Tree of Life Synagogue, (home to three congregations), leaving…

Editorial Introduction: Living in Pittsburgh in the Aftermath of the Tree of Life Shootings

The shooting that took place on October 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh, at the Tree of Life Synagogue, (home to three congregations), leaving…

Speaking Justice to Power Ebooks Available!

The Speaking Justice to Power series is now available as downloadable ebooks. SJP I & II are available on our teaching resources page. You may also download them here:

Speaking Justice to Power Ebooks Available!

The Speaking Justice to Power series is now available as downloadable ebooks. SJP I & II are available on our teaching resources page. You may also download them here:

A Pregnant Kid in a Cage: Jane Doe’s Fight for Reproductive Rights

The Obama administration’s carefully calibrated immigration revisions increased penalties against undocumented border crossers and returned people immediately to their countries…

A Pregnant Kid in a Cage: Jane Doe’s Fight for Reproductive Rights

The Obama administration’s carefully calibrated immigration revisions increased penalties against undocumented border crossers and returned people immediately to their countries…

“Donde lo tienen?” Working in an archive of the disappeared in Guatemala

“But sirs, people do not vanish, ¿Would it be possible that the Earth had swallowed him?, or as the rumors about secret prisons go…

“Donde lo tienen?” Working in an archive of the disappeared in Guatemala

“But sirs, people do not vanish, ¿Would it be possible that the Earth had swallowed him?, or as the rumors about secret prisons go…

Prison and Coup d’État

About ten years ago I was strolling along Avenida Paulista, Brazil’s most well-known commercial thoroughfare when a person handed me a pamphlet. Without breaking stride, I started to read: “come learn more about this new type of investment.” It was an invitation…

Prison and Coup d’État

About ten years ago I was strolling along Avenida Paulista, Brazil’s most well-known commercial thoroughfare when a person handed me a pamphlet. Without breaking stride, I started to read: “come learn more about this new type of investment.” It was an invitation…

Monitored Confinement and Rule by Philanthropy in Rio de Janeiro and Baltimore

A 2009 classified cable from the US Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, later declassified by the whistleblowing platform WikiLeaks, outlined the…

Monitored Confinement and Rule by Philanthropy in Rio de Janeiro and Baltimore

A 2009 classified cable from the US Consulate in Rio de Janeiro, later declassified by the whistleblowing platform WikiLeaks, outlined the…

From Structural to Stochastic Violence

Last spring, Karina Biondi, 2017 APLA Book Prize winner, approached us to develop a Speaking Justice to Power series on incarceration and confinement in the Americas, their role in authoritarian political movements…

From Structural to Stochastic Violence

Last spring, Karina Biondi, 2017 APLA Book Prize winner, approached us to develop a Speaking Justice to Power series on incarceration and confinement in the Americas, their role in authoritarian political movements…

Selfhood in flames? Imprisonment and Cauterization in Arizona’s Prison Wildfire Program

By Lindsey Raisa Feldman, PhD The United States, self-mythologized for centuries as a paragon of freedom and liberty, now serves as an ironic…

Selfhood in flames? Imprisonment and Cauterization in Arizona’s Prison Wildfire Program

By Lindsey Raisa Feldman, PhD The United States, self-mythologized for centuries as a paragon of freedom and liberty, now serves as an ironic…

“Assisted Freedom”: Carceral Transmutation and Juvenile Offenders in Brazil

By Sara R. Munhoz In 2012, during my fieldwork in a semi-open socio-educational center on the outskirts of the city of São Paulo, I participated in a meeting with an adolescent offender…

“Assisted Freedom”: Carceral Transmutation and Juvenile Offenders in Brazil

By Sara R. Munhoz In 2012, during my fieldwork in a semi-open socio-educational center on the outskirts of the city of São Paulo, I participated in a meeting with an adolescent offender…