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Clearly there is a unique hunger for Baldwin’s wisdom in this historical moment, as illustrated by Raoul Peck’s film, reprints of several Baldwin books, exhibits, and other events. This essay describes the genesis of two five-part public discussions on the works of James Baldwin that were co-facilitated by African-American Studies scholar Dr. Lindsey R. Swindall and actor Grant Cooper at two schools in New York City in the 2016–17 academic year. These discussion series led to numerous Baldwin discussion events being scheduled for the winter and spring of 2018. The surprising popularity of these programs prompted Swindall to wonder: Why do people want to discuss Baldwin now? The first of two parts, this essay speculates that many people in the digital age long for a conversational space like the one Baldwin created at the “welcome table” in his last home in France. The second essay—which is forthcoming—will confirm whether discussion events held in 2018 harmonize with the welcome table thesis.

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Last year, in the dispatch “There Is No Texting at James Baldwin’s Table,” I began to assess the ways in which audiences were engaging with Baldwin’s writing at several public discussions that I co-facilitated with NYC actor/comedian Grant Cooper. Based on the initial reaction to two five-part Baldwin conversations at a high school and middle school in Manhattan, I posited that a need for meaningful communion is drawing people to discuss the writer. As I wrote that article, I was busy scheduling seven new Baldwin discussions in communities across New Jersey and another five-part series in Manhattan. Having completed those sessions, I am pleased to report that Baldwin’s welcome table is indeed a powerful vehicle for engaging in impactful dialogue. This dispatch will demonstrate that discussing Baldwin not only opened an avenue for productive sharing but went further by inspiring people to ask how they could contribute to hastening positive social and personal transformation. Three questions will frame this analysis of putting the welcome table into practice: How many people want to sit at James Baldwin’s table? Can conversations about James Baldwin sustain more “welcome table moments”? Can these interactions create a sense of kinship that deepens personal interaction in the digital age?

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Tsouvalis examines the UK’s emergency response to a deadly fungal disease affecting ash trees, known as Chalara or ash dieback, which gradually spread across Europe during the 1990s and early 2000s. When it reached the UK in 2012, scientists knew little about the disease, and some of what they knew turned out to be wrong. Its arrival thus created an urgent need for government action in the face of scientific uncertainty, leading to an opening of scientific and public discussion through open-source platforms for sharing data and various kinds of citizen science. Tsouvalis

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Migration research and the media

expressed by racially minoritised people (for a more detailed discussion of anti-immigrant sentiments amongst racially minoritised communities see Chapter 5 ). Human interest stories and the politics of identification In addition to trying to communicate our research through news media, we also participated in public discussions about the representation of migrants in the media. For example, at a workshop at the Detention

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groups. Teaching ethics, once a matter of professional etiquette, takes place on dedicated courses and in specialised departments that emphasise law and moral philosophy. A growing body of interdisciplinary journals considers topics that were once confined to the correspondence pages of the Lancet or the British Medical Journal. And public discussion of issues such as embryo research, cloning, genetic engineering or assisted dying are now as likely to be led by a lawyer or a philosopher as a doctor or a scientist. This new approach is known as ‘bioethics’: a neologism

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The role of minority engagement

public discussion on what kinds of research are worth supporting and why (Brown and Guston, 2009). Precisely because they involve matters of public interest, claims on behalf of, say, state-funded, private or do-it-yourself research in synthetic biology should all be open to wider debate in the public sphere. Public support for scientific research in turn entails that a public voice be heard. This has been recognised and promoted in policy through codes such as the Universal Ethical Code developed in 2007 by the British Government Office for Science, and through

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Analysing the example of data territorialisation

. Yet an important public discussion started in Germany and other European countries after Deutsche Telekom demanded a national and eventual ‘Schengen Routing’ in a secret meeting at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in October 2013 (see Berke 2013 : n.p.). The same demand was put forward publicly at the Cyber Security Summit 2013 (in cooperation with the Munich Security

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Pacifism and feminism in Victorian Britain

of personal or private issues into public discussions, organisations and campaigns that gave nineteenth-century feminism its commonalities with the twentieth-century movement that bears the name. Like ‘feminism’, the term ‘pacifism’ is of late nineteenth/early twentieth-century origin and its meaning has been the subject of much debate. Émile Arnaud, president of the republican nationalist organisation, the International League of Peace and Liberty (ILPL), coined the term in 1901 when he used it to describe the ideology of the peace party in Europe: ‘We are not

in ‘The truest form of patriotism’
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A social representation of scientific expertise

and disseminate locally. Yet, while Dewey points to the seeds of AIT’s success, he also shows how the successful communication of scientific knowledge and its social consequences brings more public scrutiny to bear on expertise (Brown, 2009: 159). A decade later, AIT remains an important representation of climatechange expertise. Gore’s name continues to be synonymous with public discussions of climate change (Grundmann and Scott, 2014) and AIT An Inconvenient Truth 215 continues to act as a salient reference point for climate-change critics (e.g. Booker, 2015

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. Public meetings had to be cancelled because of government resistance, and it was ultimately through the efforts of David Lloyd George, who raised the matter in Parliament, that a full public discussion was initiated. As a result of this adverse publicity, in early July the War Office began to consider sending a committee of women out to visit the camps and produce a report. Hobhouse would have been an obvious candidate for such a role if she had not been so outspokenly critical in her earlier work. It was essential for the government that they pick a political ally

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