Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez

Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez teaches comparative literature and gender studies with an activist bent at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, MA and blogs at Transition Times.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 2:27pm
Attention Humanity: Wake Up and Innovate, or Face Annihilation
I am going to be in Washington DC today to stand up for the planet. I have never been much of a protest person. I didn’t even go down to New York for the Occupy protests, although I followed them avidly on Livestream. First of all, I hate crowds. My element is alone, among the trees, or out on a deserted beach somewhere.
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Sunday, December 16, 2012 - 1:15pm
Standing Strong Against the Furies
Just as people in places like the Maldives, Bangladesh and Pakistan may have shook their heads at the cluelessness of Americans who suddenly woke up to climate change when Sandy came to town, people living in hot spots of violence around the world now have every right to be shaking their heads at the collective American refusal to see and understand how, in the wake of the Newtown massacre, we are much to blame for our own misery.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 11:07am
The Cabal Behind the Curtain
It’s hard to understand the kind of person who would be taken in by Mitt Romney’s absolutely unsubstantiated claims that he’ll be able to magically produce 23 million new jobs in the next four years, and raise take-home pay while he’s at it.
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Saturday, September 8, 2012 - 12:11pm
We Eat by the Grace of Nature, Not by the Grace of Monsanto
“Organic, schmorganic,” fumes New York Times columnist Roger Cohen sarcastically in an article entitled “The Organic Fable.” He bases his sweeping dismissal of the organic foods movement on a new Stanford University study claiming that “fruits and vegetables labeled organic are, on average, no more nutritious than their cheaper conventional counterparts.”
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Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 9:54am
Time to Get a Grip, America
Why do so many Americans feel disengaged, disillusioned, and disgusted with politics? Why is U.S. voter turn-out, on average, only a dismal 40%? Why do we feel like no matter how we vote, our values will not be reflected in Washington? Because it’s true.
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Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 8:06am
Time to Show Some Backbone on Gun Control
Another summer, another mass shooting of innocent civilians. Another round of media feeding frenzy on the tragedy, another collective outpouring of sympathy and outrage from the public, another set of poses and postures from politicians for and against increased regulation of weapons in this country.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 9:35am
Across the Gonad Divide
I’m getting tired of seeing the gender card being played as a veiled excuse for ideological dominance. Conservative critic David Brooks predictably pines for the good ol’ days when boys were boys and men were men, and schools catered exclusively to the values and needs of these scions of masculinity.
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Monday, July 16, 2012 - 8:37am
Love in the End Times
The political horserace in American politics has begun, with both Presidential candidates running full-tilt but ponderously towards each other like armored knights on horseback, wielding the lances of millions of dollars’ worth of attack ads and backed up by slick, smart campaign pages.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012 - 9:24am
What Good is a Higgs Boson When the Planet is Burning?
Call me sour, but I really can’t find much to get excited about by the news that physicists have moved one step closer to figuring out how the universe began.
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Saturday, June 9, 2012 - 12:15pm
Bill McKibben: Stand up to the Fossil Fuel Industry, or Start Growing Some Gills
Last summer Bill McKibben and 350.org , the organization he and a group of Middlebury College seniors founded in 2006 to fight global heating, brought thousands of protesters to Washington DC to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline. As you’ll recall, they circled the White House in a ring five people deep; thousands were arrested over the course of two weeks; and the construction of the Keystone was at least delayed, if not entirely crushed.
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