15. Freud on Sexuality and Civilization

15. Freud on Sexuality and Civilization

Prof: Good morning. I have to get started because there is, of course, a lot to be said about Sigmund Freud. Actually it’s a shame I have only fifty minutes for it and not two or three lectures. Just before I get into Freud, I just want to tell you that I did send the […]

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1984 by George Orwell, Part 1: Crash Course Literature 401

1984 by George Orwell, Part 1: Crash Course Literature 401

Hi I’m John Green and welcome to season 4 of CrashCourse literature. Today, we’re transporting you to one of my favorite (slash least favorite) dystopias, George Orwell’s 1984. I feel like that eye is looking at me. The book starts like this: It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking […]

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Junot Diaz: Literature is The Closest Thing To Telepathy

Junot Diaz:  Literature is The Closest Thing To Telepathy

One of the functions that art has is not only is art didactic. Art can be in many ways persuasive or seductive. But art is also transgressive and the transgressive function of art is fundamental in a society that often shies away from the difficult topics, the difficult subjects and the difficult conversations it needs […]

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What Happened In Tiananmen Square?

What Happened In Tiananmen Square?

Every year on June 4th, thousands of people rally throughout China in remembrance of a 1989 violent government crackdown. To this day, the Chinese government refuses to acknowledge the event, and any information about it is blocked from the internet and public record. So what happened? Here’s a timeline of the Tiananmen Square massacre. [1966-1976] […]

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China’s Contentious Public Sphere

China’s Contentious Public Sphere

Ya-Wen Lei: In the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese government has been actively to pursue some kind of social economic development, but it’s clear that the government wants to have social economic development without relinquishing the government’s political monopoly. So, recently I published a book entitled, “The Contentious Public Sphere in China” and […]

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