"Absentminded Racism: Nazi Spectacle and the Pornography of Whiteness" by Andrew Kim

"The amplified tension surrounding the preservation of Confederate monuments on their glorified pedestals is an outcome of our compulsive fascination with the spectacle that Nazism offers to the American imagination." (Image by Ildar Sagdejev.)

"More Than a Simple Man: The Legacy of Ronnie Van Zant" by Bert Clere

"Shout out 'Freebird!' with an exaggerated southern accent in a group of well-educated progressives and you’ll usually get a chuckle. But behind the chuckle are uneasy currents of class and politics." (Image by Andrew King.)

"A Parting Letter to My MFA Program" by Claire Zhuang

"I still don’t have the vocabulary to explain what it feels like to watch a version of myself twisted into a sign that was unrecognizable to me. Perhaps the worst part wasn’t passively watching it happen or participating in the creation of that sign, but that no one admitted that that was supposed to be a representation of me." (Image by Hequals2henry.)

"The Postmodern Peril: How Internet Atheists Learned to Hate Social Justice, Part Two" by Adam Kranz

"It is the tension between atheist-default liberalism and the need to combat the increasingly social-justice-oriented form of modern liberalism that makes postmodernism such a useful scapegoat. They remove modern social justice from the unimpeachable tradition of “actual” activists like King and Gandhi and put it in the arcane shadow of “The Frankfurt School” or Derrida, whose public reputation is mostly that no one understands their work." (Image by Oren Rozen.)

"Empathic Tourism: The Atlantic Peddles Alex Tizon’s 'My Family’s Slave' as an 'Epic Story'" by Andrew Kim

"Words like 'complexity,' 'nuance,' and 'beauty' underscore the pleasure of the reader and are meant to identify the reader with the slaveowner over the slave.  This kind of language not only apologizes for the ethical failures of the Tizon family, but it cripples readers’ capacity to recognize and denounce oppression." (Image by Anton Zelenov.)
Forum: Cultural Interventions

Forum: Cultural Interventions

“Cultural Interventions” is interested in the ways in which culture (pop or otherwise) informs our economics, politics, and our daily judgments.
Forum: Intellectual Spaces

Forum: Intellectual Spaces

“Intellectual Spaces” explores those institutional centers in which social conventions condense and become organized structures.
<em>Ethos</em> Journal

Ethos Journal

Our journal serves as a venue for public intellectuals to consider the arts and humanities as powerful forces that help to configure our economics, politics, and everyday existence.
Ethos is a collective of critics, scholars, and public intellectuals at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This digital project provides a space for debating—and indeed producing—powerful cultural ideas through our weekly forums and a semiannual, peer-reviewed journal.

Interested in writing for Ethos? We're seeking contributions from authors interested in topics about the arts, humanities, or public ethics. Many of our contributors are faculty members at universities, graduate students, artists, teachers, or regular bloggers. We welcome interesting topics and posts for consideration. Our weekly forum posts typically run from 300-700 words. If you would like to submit a post, please email Katie Walker (walkerkn@email.unc.edu) with an idea or post.