Profile: Angus Farquhar

One of the final events of Turl Street Arts festival took place a little further afield last Monday afternoon: Angus Farquhar, artist and Creative Director of NVA, gave an intimate and impassioned talk about his work at the Ruskin. The main topic of his talk was the restoration of St Peter’s Seminary; a construction unique […]

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Oxford stands with Muslims: protest on Cornmarket targets travel ban

Students, residents and campaigners gathered in Cornmarket this evening to protest President Trump’s ban on Muslim immigrants entering the country. This forms one of thousands of nationwide campaigns against Trump’s executive order – a response which Barack Obama’s spokesman said the ex-president was “heartened” by. The protest was called by Stand Up To Racism, Oxford […]

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Pussyhat Grabs Back: Understanding the Fashion of the Women’s March on London

On Saturday, 100,000 people took to Grosvenor Square, London—the location of the American embassy—to protest the inauguration of Donald J. Trump (or, “Le Twat Orange” according to some protesters’ signs). It was one of hundreds of marches around the world to demonstrate solidarity between various marginalized and minority groups who have been targeted by the […]

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The US Election through the Lens of the Screen

Mirror, Mirror, on the Mall By Chris Allnutt Last week, Black Mirror’s creators took to Twitter to deny rumours that the American election was merely an extension of the show. “This isn’t an episode,” they tweeted, “This isn’t marketing. This is reality.” Co-creator Charlie Brooker initially worried that 2013 episode “The Waldo Moment,” which shows […]

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The Myth of the Tragic Trump Voter

The rise of Donald Trump has left many scrambling for explanations. Trump clearly has no serious allegiance to, or even comprehension of, core Republican ideals – limited government, moralistic social policy, adherence to the Constitution. He inveighs against the openness to trade and sprawlingly interventionist foreign policy that define the neoconservative movement dominant in the […]

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The 2016 US election campaign: votes not for sale

In a post-Citizens United America, the amount of money spent on U.S. elections is staggering, making many Americans feel disillusioned with the electoral process. Though the perception of corruption and unfair influence from large campaign donations is rampant, this election cycle has proved that campaign contributions can only get a candidate so far. The fall […]

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