Category Archives: BPP

Five Minutes with Alondra Nelson

(cross-posted from Columbia College Today, Summer 2014) Alondra Nelson is a professor of sociology and gender studies, and director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Raised in San Diego, she earned a B.A. in anthropology from … Continue reading

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The Tuskegee Syphilis Study and the Black Panther Party

This month marks the 42nd anniversary of the revelation of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. On July 25, 1972, Associated Press reporter Jean Heller disclosed in the New York Times that the United States Public Health Service had been conducting a … Continue reading

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Doing Good Works: Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Troy Duster

I had the great honor of interviewing the trailblazing sociologist Troy Duster for Public Culture. Our conversation covers much of Duster’s extraordinary life trajectory, from his childhood on the South Side of Chicago, to his interactions with notable scholars, including … Continue reading

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BOSTON REVIEW Interviews Alondra Nelson: The Black Panthers Versus the Medical Industry

The Black Panthers Versus the Medical Industry An Interview with Alondra Nelson by Gina Mitchell | Boston Review Prevailing narratives of the Black Panther Party have focused almost exclusively on its militant advocacy. In Body and Soul: The Black Panther … Continue reading

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Healthcare and the 99%

Healthcare and the 99 Percent The Occupy movement has been a mostly peaceful campaign. But it has not been without drama, ranging from the protesters’ riotous parade of signage to their raucous street theater. Prior to the violent turn of … Continue reading

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Black Berets, White Coats
: The Black Panther Party for Medical Self-Defense

Black Berets, White Coats
:The Black Panther Party for Medical Self-Defense The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, founded 45 years ago this month by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, is generally remembered for its black berets, revolutionary rhetoric and shootouts … Continue reading

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Last Man Standing: Black Panther Geronimo ji-Jaga Dies at 63

Sad news arrived last night that Geronimo ji-Jaga (formerly Elmer ‘Geronimo’ Pratt) died of an apparent heart attack at his home in Tanzania, where he lived with his wife, Joju Cleaver ji-Jaga, the daughter of Eldridge and Kathleen Cleaver. He … Continue reading

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The social limits of liberty

Season II of “Wall and Bridges,” a series of conversations between French and US thinkers–organized by the Villa Gillet, one of France’s premier cultural institutions–was held in New York city in April. Series participants included George Packer, Didier Fassin, Nina … Continue reading

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Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute

In January, I was honored to be a Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, where I was in residence with the research group dedicated to “Producing Knowledge About Human Biological Diversity.” Veronika … Continue reading

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