"Justice, Separate and Still Unequal" by Ben Mangrum

"[G]iven the outrage at the recent killings of unarmed black men like Akai Gurley, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner, the inadequate investigation of Lennon Lacy’s death gives further credence to the idea that black Americans have separate and drastically unequal status within the U.S. legal system."

"The Expected Emptiness of Non-Indictment" by Sarah George

"Cries for justice have been directed at the legal process itself, suggesting that the lack of an indictment proper indicates the devaluing of black lives with which protesters and commentators have charged the justice system generally."

"Q&A: Humane Advice for the Humanities #13" by Laura Broom

"I’ve been out of college for several years, and I’m now applying to graduate school programs. The applications require letters of recommendation; how do I go about getting these from my former professors (who may or may not even remember me)?"

"'What else do you want from me, you filthy animals?': Yes Please’s Attempts to Please" by Katherine Walker

"Yes Please feels more like a carefully choreographed sketch than the improv for which Poehler is so well known."

"Tolkien, Escher, and the Siren Call of Fantasy" by Ben Railton

"I have to feel that both Tolkien and Escher felt the siren call of fantasy for a good while before they gave in and made it a central part of their work and life—and when they did so, it was almost as if they were compelled against their will, pulled to that blank page to write a sentence or depict a bug that came from somewhere unconscious and irresistible."

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

“Intellectual Spaces” explores those institutional centers in which social conventions condense and become organized structures.

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 ARH_bluesupported by the Institute for Arts and Humanities 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 Ben Mangrum (bmangrum@email.unc.edu) or Katie Walker (walkerkn@email.unc.edu) with an idea or post.