Muslim Surveillance: The Human Toll
As revelations continue to surface about the extent of NYPD surveillance of Muslim communities in the New York area, a group of South Asian organizations has released a report documenting the chilling effects of over a decade of targeting by law enforcement agencies. We'll speak with representatives of Desis Rising Up & Moving, a Queens-based organization whose members were interviewed for the report, about the profiling that has affected their daily lives, from where they work and worship to how they choose to dress and wear their hair.
Monami Maulik is Executive Director of DRUM, Desis Rising Up & Moving.
Turmoil in Burma
In Burma, recent political reforms have drawn international praise and a visit from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But these reforms have done little to quell fighting in the country's northern Kachin state, where rebels have been battling government forces since June of last year. The conflict has displaced tens of thousands and exacerbated shortages of food, water and medical supplies. We'll be joined by Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch, about a new HRW report that describes widespread abuse of Kachin refugees by Burmese soldiers, including allegations of rape and torture.
"Entropy and Time" by Vijay Iyer
Heroes and Villains: Tibet in Comics
Two exhibits currently up at New York's Rubin Museum of Art
explore crossings between comics and ideas of Tibet. In "Hero, Villain,Yeti, " a collection of comic art spanning 60 years, comics from Mickey Mouse to Lara Croft reflect the evolution of stereotypes about Tibet. "Karma-Con" features New York comic artists' take on the Wheel of Life, an important artistic image in Tibet. We speak with assistant curator Beth Citron and with contributing comics artists Katie Skelly and Josh Neufeld.
Beth Citron is an Assistant Curator at the Rubin Museum of Art, where she is developing forthcoming exhibitions of photography by India's first female photojournalist Homai Vyarawalla. She has a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania and teaches a course at NYU on contemporary art in South Asia. She has contributed to Artforum, ArtIndia, and other publications.
Josh Neufeld is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist who works primarily in the realm of nonfiction comics. He is the writer/artist of the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, and the Xeric Award-winning graphic travelogue A Few Perfect Hours (and Other Stories from Southeast Asia & Central Europe). He is the illustrator of the New York Times bestseller The Influencing Machine: Brook Gladstone On the Media.
Katie Skelly is cartoonist who lives and works in New York City. She has been making mini-comics since 2003 and has contributed to several comic anthologies. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in art history.
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