Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez

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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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Ebola and Islamic Extremism: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Although American officials are making lots of reassuring noises about screening passengers coming from West Africa for signs of the dreaded Ebola virus, the truth is that the only way to totally safeguard against the spread of the disease is to close our borders entirely. And I don’t see that happening anytime...
Sunday, February 17, 2013

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.
Sunday, December 16, 2012

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.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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.
Saturday, September 8, 2012

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.”
Sunday, August 26, 2012

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.
Saturday, July 21, 2012

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.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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.
Monday, July 16, 2012

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.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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.