Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin and board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center in Austin. He is the author of Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialogue (City Lights, 2013); All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice, (Soft Skull Press, 2009); Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity;  The Heart of Whiteness: Race, Racism, and White Privilege; Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity; and Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream (Peter Lang). Jensen is also co-producer of the documentary film “Abe Osheroff: One Foot in the Grave, the Other Still Dancing” (Media Education Foundation, 2009), which chronicles the life and philosophy of the longtime radical activist.  An extended interview Jensen conducted with Osheroff is available here.

He can be reached at rjensen@uts.cc.utexas.edu and his articles can be found online here.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Naomi Klein Pushes Us to Dream Big to Get Beyond Trump’s Shock Politics
Naomi Klein understands that President Donald J. Trump is a problem, but he is not the problem. Klein’s book does not stop with an analysis of the crises. In her new book, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need , Klein reminds us to pay attention not only...
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Why Professor Watchlist Gets My Teaching Values Completely Wrong
From a “critique” of my work on the recently launched website Professor Watchlist , I learned that I’m a threat to my students for contending that we won’t end men’s violence against women “if we do not address the toxic notions about masculinity in patriarchy … rooted in control, conquest,...
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Sunday, August 24, 2014
New University of Texas Chancellor's Military Background Is Cause for Reflection
By all accounts, the University of Texas System’s incoming chancellor, Admiral William McRaven, is a smart, thoughtful fellow with a sense of humor who knows how to listen — all important qualities for a leader. My new boss sounds like a pretty nice guy, for someone who has been involved in a long-...
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Saturday, June 14, 2014
After the Harvest — Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully
Every time I read the latest bad-and-getting-worse news about the health of the ecosphere, such as last month’s report that the melting of some giant glaciers had passed the point of no return, I think back to a conversation 25 years ago that helps me put such news in perspective. In a Minneapolis...
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Ideology Problem: A Failed Technocratic Deam for Journalism
Thomas Patterson’s new book on the current crises in journalism is organized around six specific problems, starting with “The Information Problem” and moving through Source, Knowledge, Education, Audience, and Democracy problems.
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Saturday, August 31, 2013
Our Democracy?
An edited version of a presentation on the panel “Our Democracy in Crisis: The Rise of the Total Surveillance State and the War on a Free Press” organized by Chicago Area Peace Action at North Park University, Chicago, Thursday, August 29, 2013.
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Saturday, July 27, 2013
Peace Talks: A New Chapter in An Old Book
New negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians may begin next week, with much talk of a “new chapter” in the seemingly intractable conflict. A new chapter, perhaps, but who is writing the book?
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Monday, June 24, 2013
Terror v. Surveillance? Keeping Americans Safe in Two Simple Steps
In the frenzy over Edward Snowden’s leak of classified information about government data-mining surveillance, public officials and pundits have tried to lock us into a narrowly defined and diversionary discussion that ignores the most important question we face about terrorism. Their argument goes something like this: No one wants to die in a terrorist attack. This kind of spying is necessary to prevent terrorist attacks. So, stop whining about how information is being collected, used, and potentially misused—it’s better than dying.
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Sunday, May 26, 2013
Get Apocalyptic: Why Radical is the New Normal
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Friday, January 18, 2013
Torture Is Trivial
The great American torture debate has been rekindled by the nationwide release of “Zero Dark Thirty,” the hot new movie about the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden.
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