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Cut the Pentagon!

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 15/09/2021 - 5:02am in



Photo credit: Jo Freeman _____ CopePink brought roughly one hundred people to the White House to demand that the Pentagon’s...

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Texas Women Just Lost Their Right to Their Own Bodies

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 04/09/2021 - 3:37am in

Photo credit: michelmond / _____ I am frothing and devastated watching the Supreme Court allow Texas to functionally overturn...

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Art and Action: Benjamin Zephaniah in Conversation

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 31/08/2021 - 4:49pm in

Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities. In his autobiography, The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah (2018), award-winning poet, lyricist, musician, and activist Benjamin Zephaniah speaks out candidly about the writer’s responsibility to step outside the medium of literature and engage in political activism: “You can’t just be a poet or writer and say your activism is simply writing about these things; you have to do something as well, especially if your public profile can be put to good use.” In conversation with Elleke Boehmer and Malachi McIntosh, he will address the complex relationship of authorship and activism in a celebrity-driven media culture and the ways in which his celebrity persona relates to his activist agenda. The conversation will tie in with contemporary debates about the role of literature and the celebrity author as a social commentator.

Pre-recorded introduction:

Elleke Boehmer is Professor of World Literature in English at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She is the author and editor of over twenty books, including Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (1995, 2005), Empire, the National and the Postcolonial: Resistance in Interaction (2002), Stories of Women (2005), Indian Arrivals 1870-1915: Networks of British Empire (2015), Postcolonial Poetics: 21st-century critical readings (2018), and a widely translated biography of Nelson Mandela (2008). She is the award-winning author of five novels, including Bloodlines (2000), Nile Baby (2008), and The Shouting in the Dark (2015), and two collections of short stories, most recently To the Volcano, and other stories (2019). Boehmer is the Director of the Oxford Centre for Life Writing and principal investigator of Postcolonial Writers Make Worlds.


Benjamin Zephaniah is one of Britain’s most eminent contemporary poets, best known for his compelling spoken-word and recorded performances. An award-winning playwright, novelist, children’s author, and musician, he is also a committed political activist and outspoken campaigner for human and animal rights. He appears regularly on radio and TV, literary festivals, and has also taken part in plays and films. He continues to record and perform with his reggae band, recently releasing the album Revolutionary Minds. His autobiography, The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah (2018), was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award.

Malachi McIntosh is editor and publishing director of Wasafiri. He previously co-led the Runnymede Trust’s award-winning Our Migration Story project and spent four years as a lecturer in postcolonial literature at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Emigration and Caribbean Literature (2015) and the editor of Beyond Calypso: Re-Reading Samuel Selvon (2016). His fiction and non-fiction have been published widely, including in the Caribbean Review of Books, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, The Guardian, The Journal of Romance Studies, Research in African Literatures, and The Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Literature.

Q and A Chaired by Professor Wes Williams, TORCH Director.

The event is organised in association with the Postcolonial Writers Make Worlds project and The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing (OCLW) and forms part of the webinar series Art and Action: Literary Authorship, Politics, and Celebrity Culture.

New UN Climate Report Is ‘Code Red for Humanity,’ but Joining Forces and Using Indigenous Knowledge Could Avert Disaster

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 13/08/2021 - 10:31pm in

Photo credit: SewCream / _____ In a grim report released on August 9, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...

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The Myth That Meat Is Essential for Human Health Could Harm Us All

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 29/07/2021 - 10:30pm in

Photo credit: Mark Agnor / _____ Bacon and eggs for breakfast, a turkey sandwich for lunch, and roasted chicken...

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Time’s Up for Fossil Fuels

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 03/07/2021 - 4:09am in

All photos Copyright © 2021 by Jo Freeman_____ Roughly 100 people got up very early on a very hot day...

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Taking on the Coors Brewing Company—and the Conservative Family Behind It

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 19/05/2021 - 2:03am in

Photo credit: Jimmy Rooney / _____ Well into the 1990s, the energetic, septuagenarian gay organizer Morris Kight vehemently opposed...

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Book Review: How to Fight Inequality (and Why That Fight Needs You) by Ben Phillips

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 24/04/2021 - 7:00pm in

In How to Fight Inequality (and Why That Fight Needs You), international civil society activist Ben Phillips offers a new book that aims to empower readers to join the fight to bring an end to inequalities, showing how lessons from the past are key to building a more equitable future. Filled with powerful stories of change secured through … Continued

Ken Loach in Conversation

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 12/02/2021 - 8:26pm in

TORCH Goes Digital! presents Big Tent - Live Events! Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities. In this joint event between St Peter's College and TORCH, distinguished and multi-award-winning British filmmaker, social campaigner and St Peter’s College alumnus, Ken Loach (Jurisprudence, 1957), will discuss his filmmaking career with Professor Judith Buchanan, Master of St Peter’s College Oxford. Their conversation will concentrate on two remarkable films: The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) and I, Daniel Blake (2016).

Writing an Activist Life

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 05/06/2019 - 1:41am in

A panel discussion with Karin Amatmoekrim, Margaretta Jolly, and JC Niala, exploring the politics and poetics of writing an activist life. Karin is an award-winning novelist, and TORCH Global South Visiting Fellow. She will speak about her biography of Anil Ramdas. Margaretta is Professor of Cultural Studies and directs the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research at Sussex. She will speak about her project Sisterhood and After: An Oral History of the UK Women’s Liberation Movement, 1968-present'. JC is an award-winning screen and stage writer, cultural producer and an activist. Her work has been featured on BBC2, BBC Radio 4, CBS in the US, ABC in Australia among other media outlets.