James Henry Koplin was born January 27, 1933, in Vergas, MN, the only child of Emil F. Koplin and Dorathea (Schlicht) Koplin, and died December 15, 2012, in Minneapolis, MN, after a short struggle with pneumonia. After graduating from high school in Lake Park, MN, Jim attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks…

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Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully by Robert Jensen · Counterpoint/Soft Skull, fall 2015 There was nothing out of the ordinary about Jim Koplin. He was just your typical central Minnesota gay farm boy with a Ph.D. in experimental psychology who developed anarchist-influenced radical-feminist and anti-imperialist politics, and got involved in…

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Challenging the conventional wisdom of many secular and religious folk. University of Texas at Austin, Professor of Journalism, Dr. Robert Jensen argues that faith in the Cult of Capitalism is irrational and that a commitment to a reformulated Cult of Christianity (along with other religious traditions) is rational as we face up to the corrosive…

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By Robert Jensen · Published June 13, 2014 at wagingnonviolence.org Every time I read the latest bad-and-getting-worse news about the health of the ecosphere, such as last month’s report that the melting of some giant glaciers had passed the point of no return, I think back to a conversation 25 years ago that helps me put…

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Robert Jensen, a professor in the UT School of Journalism and author of Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialogue, will speak on “Coping with the Cascading Crises of Our World” in the University of Texas Informal Classes Odyssey lecture series. With economic and ecological crises deepening, more people are facing the…

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UT professor Robert Jensen discusses and reads from his new book, Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialog, published by City Lights. With the quality of political engagement at an all-time low—and threats to social justice and ecological sustainability at an all-time high—it has never been more important for citizens to be…

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University of Texas Professor Robert Jensen speaks on “We Are All Apocalyptic Now: Moral Responsibilities in Crisis Times” in the First Unitarian Universalist Church Public Affairs Forum. In his talk, Jensen discusses the need for a “calm apocalypticism” that takes seriously the social and ecological crises we face. Rather than search for magical solutions in…

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Gender Studies Lecture – College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University Robert Jensen, author of Getting Off: The End of Masculinity, who was the CSB/SJU Gender Studies visiting scholar. His talk, “Is Pornography Immoral?”, considered pornography’s impact on men and women through a feminist lens.

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by Robert Jensen “Good teaching is living your life honestly in front of students.” I don’t recall exactly when Jim Koplin first told me that, but I know that he had to say it several times before I began to understand what he meant. Koplin was that kind of teacher—always honing in on simple, but…

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On July 7, 2012, Robert Jensen talked about the books that have most influenced his own politics and discuss the importance of radical thought. Produced & Edited for Austin Indymedia by Jeff Zavala. Videography by Grace Alfar. A ZGraphix Production.

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As we cope with downturns in American power in the world and the American economy at home, there is much talk about reviving, renewing, rescuing, or redefining the American Dream. We would be better off facing the anguish inherent in the American Dream. Once we recognize that the dream has always been dependent on domination,…

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In The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. DuBois suggested that the question white people so often want to ask black people is, How does it feel to be a problem? This program turns the tables and recognizes some simple facts: Race problems have their roots in a system of white supremacy. White people invented white…

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  Beyond the Frame: Alternative Perspectives on the War on Terrorism · Media Education Foundation This DVD compilation offers a series of stand-alone interviews with some of the most prominent scholars, experts, and activists in political and social thought that critique mainstream media’s coverage of the war on terrorism. This accessible format is designed to…

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