2012 Letelier-Moffitt Awards Uncut

Brave activists from Chile and Boston speaking from the heart. A cameo appearance by actor and humanitarian Danny Glover. The former first lady of Costa Rica and hundreds of other fabulous guests. Peruvian wine. Hearty hors d’oeurves. The top U.S. student...
Tiffany Dena Loftin’s Letelier-Moffitt Award Speech

Tiffany Dena Loftin’s Letelier-Moffitt Award Speech

I consider it a honor to have been asked to present this award to the Chilean Student Movement and to the two remarkable leaders seated here before me, Camila Vallejo and Noam Titelman. I serve as president of the United States Student Association, the country’s...

Young Voices and New Visions from Africa

Please join IPS Associate Fellow and American University Professor Carl LeVan for a roundtable discussion on diaspora democracy. Is the real significance of the so-called ‘youth bulge’ an emerging generation gap between citizens and leaders? How do young...
The UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident

The UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident

The video sophomore Thomas Fowler shot of a campus cop attacking a group of about 20 University of California, Davis students with pepper spray at close range during a peaceful protest has gone viral. Although this outrageous incident has garnered widespread media...
Report from Occupy Boston

Report from Occupy Boston

On the newly ratified “Indigenous People’s Day,” in place of “Columbus Day,” by the General Assembly, students from all over the city marched across Boston in solidarity with the wider movement. In just one weekend of organizing, more...
Author Event: Zahra’s Paradise

Author Event: Zahra’s Paradise

So a Persian writer, an Arab artist and a Jewish editor walk into a room… Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. Actually, that’s something like the start of this unusual editorial adventure, the first of its kind. Set in the aftermath of Iran’s...
Peru’s Leftist Student Revival

Peru’s Leftist Student Revival

In July, students, political activists, human rights workers, and average citizens in Lima, Peru, joined a march entitled “Ni indulto ni impunidad, asesinos a prisión,” or “No pardons or impunity, murderers to prison.” The event occurred...
The Pain in Spain

The Pain in Spain

As the sun rose on August 2, Spanish authorities destroyed the tent-village that had come to symbolize what some participants have called the Spanish Revolution. The ruling Socialist Party, via the Ministry of the Interior and in conjunction with the right-wing...
The New Age of Journalism

The New Age of Journalism

The media has ADD. One minute the hot story is a citizen revolt in Egypt and the next is a tsunami in Japan. How much time was dedicated to the disaster in Haiti before mainstream media shifted its focus to yet another story? Meanwhile, the mainstream media has...
An Evening Talk with Visiting Afro-Venezuela Students

An Evening Talk with Visiting Afro-Venezuela Students

Venezuela has designated the month of May, the same month as the historic African Liberation Day, as Afro-Venezuelan Month. Afro-Venezuelan communities have been historically marginalized and forgotten in Venezuela. However, the country’s Bolivarian Revolution...
A Lunch Time Talk with Visiting Afro-Venezuela Students

A Lunch Time Talk with Visiting Afro-Venezuela Students

Venezuela has designated the month of May, the same month as the historic African Liberation Day, as Afro-Venezuelan Month. Afro-Venezuelan communities have been historically marginalized and forgotten in Venezuela. However, the country’s Bolivarian Revolution...
The Refugee Child Photographers

The Refugee Child Photographers

Lebanese photojournalist Ramzi Haidar was in Iraq covering the refugee crisis in 2003. Passing the time between assignments, Haidar talked and played with children who were curious about his equipment. Seeing what they saw and how they saw it, he became intrigued by...
Hill Briefing: How Would You Spend $1 Trillion?

Hill Briefing: How Would You Spend $1 Trillion?

At this congressional briefing and screening view two four-minute compelling videos that chronicle how the filmmakers – and the people they interview – would spend the more than $1 trillion already spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The filmmakers...
A Poetry Reading Paying Homage To Death, Life, Home and Lust

A Poetry Reading Paying Homage To Death, Life, Home and Lust

Join Split This Rock and the Institute for Policy Studies as we co-sponsor a poetry reading by Palestinian writer/filmmaker Hind Shoufani. Shoufani has been working in diverse capacities in both the written media and audiovisual industries for the past 12 years. In...

The Kids are All Right

Being a young American today can be discouraging. Things don’t look so good for us, even since Bush left office, leaving behind an awful lot of cleaning up for us “Millennials” to do. BusinessWeek dubbed us a “lost generation,” because 18...