Category Archives: Announcements

Administrative stuff, calls for topics, meeting times, etc

May 7 – Foreign Policy Roundtable

We at the Junta love big ideas. Spirituality, the ethics of eating, Wikileaks, the future, education — we’ve done them all and there will be more to come. But sometimes it’s fun to just talk politics and argue about foreign policy. In fact, that’s where the roots of the Junta are — Rindy and Jeremy […]

Future Follow-up

Last month’s discussion led in all sorts of directions, and a lot of further reading material was suggested. Of course I meant to get these out earlier, but there you have it… Her Smoke Rose Up Forever, by James Tiptree, Jr (science fiction stories). The Civilizing Process by Norbert Elias (the founding work of Figurational […]

The Future

Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads… or maybe we do, who knows? One person with some insight is Junta regular Lauren, who is working toward her Ph.D. in visual neuroscience and has had some exposure to the growing world of brain-machine interfaces – you know, things like linking two rat brains together. Which […]

The American Patriot

Jeremy asks, “How can you be an American patriot in 2013?” and relates his experience watching “Zero Dark Thirty” in light of my criticism. He writes: I found the portrayal of torture rather nuanced in terms of what it says about its efficacy and its morality. What was surely war porn was when they were […]

Cheating/Shortcuts Junta, Tuesday, December 4th

Next Tuesday the Junta will gather at DOC Wine Bar in Williamsburg to discuss the myriad ways shortcuts and cheating are a part of our lives. We’ve all read about the sports scandals involving prominent athletes that have used performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Lance Armstrong is but the latest superstar to fall from grace, but it […]

Shooting The Messenger: The Fate of Journalism in the Information Age

The Junta will convene for the first of its Fall/Winter discussion series, the subject of which is the modern media, and our culpability for its current state. Tue 10/9 @ 8pm DOC Wine Bar (83 N 7th St, Williamsburg) With the amount of available content, and the fracturing of broadcast formats from wide and national […]

Education Junta

The high cost of education is on every tongue today. Our good friend Alex just published a piece on Salon on mounting student debt and how that is being taken up by Occupy. But the skyrocketing cost of college and the government-protected private finance racket that goes along with it are only the most recent […]