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Authentic Art and Creative Preservation

Publié le 1 juin, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Authentic Art and Creative Preservation

Authentic artworks compel recognition, respect, and protection. Unless mistaken for the real thing, forgeries typically don’t. Philosophers have provided numerous accounts of the importance of aesthetic authenticity, conceptions of what constitutes authenticity in art, and suggestions for how the art community ought to deal with authentic works. What is the significance of a crack in […]

The Soundtrack to the Revolution

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The Soundtrack to the Revolution

Throughout the 20th century, protest music had been the backbeat of anti-war movements from West to East. But response to the Iraq War has not generated a sustained protest within the spectrum of popular music today. Has a new type of “protest music,” in the form of political comedy and satire, taken up the gauntlet, […]

Learning One Language is Good, Learning Two is Better

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Learning One Language is Good, Learning Two is Better

Parents and educators often debate and struggle with the decision to raise a child bilingually or whether to focus on one language first. I spoke with Dr. Fred Genesee, a leading expert in the domain of bilingualism and child development, about the issues surrounding the topic of children growing up with two languages, a scenario […]

Is There a Link Between Biodiversity Loss and Economic Inequality?

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Is There a Link Between Biodiversity Loss and Economic Inequality?

By examining economic distribution in various countries, can we better understand the impact these countries have on their indigenous plant and animal species? Recent research suggests that we can1. A consideration of income inequality may improve our ability to predict how much of the flora and fauna in a given country is threatened with extinction, […]

Politics and Sport: An Incompatible Duo

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Politics and Sport: An Incompatible Duo

With time running down to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, international political pressure has increased on China to assume accountability for its poor human rights record, domestically and abroad. While the media contemplates the appropriateness of sport and politics as bedfellows, a more pertinent question should be whether the symbolic actions taken in the […]

Learning to Change the World

Publié le 1 mai, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Learning to Change the World

Today’s youth will be faced with very challenging decisions with regards to social equity and ecological sustainability. The Pembina Institute, a Canadian non-profit environmental think-tank, and Pearson College, an international school focused on peace and sustainability, are collaborating to develop an experiential field school for young people interested in taking leadership in ecological sustainability and […]

The Gender Income Gap

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The Gender Income Gap

The gender income gap in Canada is wide and persistent. While gender-role attitudes in society have become more egalitarian, and while more women than ever before are pursuing advanced degrees and joining the workforce, the disparity between men’s and women’s income has remained unchanged over the past decade. Why is this the case? Hannah Webster, […]

The Guarani Aquifer: Protecting the Hidden Treasure

Publié le 1 mai, 2008 | 2 commentaires
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The Guarani Aquifer: Protecting the Hidden Treasure

The Guarani aquifer – a vast subterranean aquifer located in Southeastern South America– has recently become a contested site for resource management. Lying beneath four countries and holding the possibility to sustain humanity’s basic need for potable water for generations to come, the delineation between national, regional and international jurisdiction, profit and sustainability, remain worryingly […]

The Humourless State

Publié le 1 avril, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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The Humourless State

This article examines the political administration of humour in Australian civil society from both an historical and contemporary perspective, as well as a range of cases involving cross-dressing prostitutes, police impersonators, political satirists and rebellious bare-bottomed colonial prisoners. Why are these moments of cheerful vulgarity met with dour repression on the part of police? How […]

Stop! Food Insecurity and Social Injustice

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Stop! Food Insecurity and Social Injustice

The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto is a unique service that approaches the issue of food security by integrating nutrition, the environment, and social justice. The Stop illustrates the integrated approach necessary for dealing with the problems of rising fuel costs, the loss of agricultural land to biofuel production and social inequity. Jeffrey, Food, […]

Sex, Lies and Video Games

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Sex, Lies and Video Games

The video game is decades old and rivals film and music in revenues, yet mainstream reporting on the medium remains sensationalistic and largely uninformed. While Europe and Asia are getting wise to the diversity of this “tenth art,” North American portrayals lag far behind. Why is this the case? Elias Parra Cardenas, Cutesy Monster, 2005 […]

Our Hope for Justice: Aristotle, Hobbes, and the War on Terror

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Our Hope for Justice: Aristotle, Hobbes, and the War on Terror

The War on Terror presents an interesting if difficult case for applying classic notions of justice to the idea of war. To try and resolve some of these difficulties, it may help to look back to the political philosophy of Aristotle and Hobbes, who, in similar ways, address problems inherent in the pursuit of justice […]

What Happened to the Quantum Computer?

Publié le 1 mars, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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What Happened to the Quantum Computer?

For several decades now, the “quantum computer” has promised to be the next great evolution in technology. Despite intense research by many of the world’s leading scientists, no significant progress has been made towards realizing an actual working device. Recent discoveries in fundamental electron physics, together with a paradigm shift in our approach to quantum […]

The Popular Resurgence of Jazz?

Publié le 1 mars, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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The Popular Resurgence of Jazz?

A new incarnation of popular music singers can be heard playing their craft on popular airwaves. The recent parade of jazz-oriented artists such as Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Michael Bublé, Jamie Cullum, and others have many adult contemporary listeners thinking “maybe I actually do like jazz,” and tempts many jazz practitioners into whispers of a […]

Nature Matters

Publié le 1 mars, 2008 | Pas de commentaires
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Nature Matters

At a recent conference in Toronto entitled Nature Matters: Materiality and the More-Than-Human in Cultural Studies of the Environment (Oct. 25-28, 2007), presenters spoke on a wide range of topics, all of which touched in some way on the difficulties – linguistic, conceptual, ethical and political – of researching, writing and talking about nature. We […]