Anna-Philippa Steeger “Entartete Kunst” – degenerated art – a derogatory term adopted by the German National Socialist (“Nazi”) Party to describe all modern art, i.e. “Kunst”, (as well as literature) which didn’t correspond with the prior to World War II Nazi ideology and assessment of culture. In 1936 the Nazis had passed a law that regulated that only German Art was allowed. Other types or forms of art were deemed to be“entartet” and therefore forbidden and persecuted. “Entartung” was of major significance as a political tool of the Nazis, used by them to justify the exclusion of a whole segment of the population, in particular the Jewish population, and also as a reason to chase or victimise political opponents. Historically, the early twentieth century was a period of wrenching changes in art. In painting innovations such as Expressionism, Dada and Surrealism, followed closely bySymbolism, Cubism and Fauvism, were not universally

Alec Baldwin Entertains Capacity Crowd at Forum Event

Emmy-winning actor Alec Baldwin proved Wednesday night that he’s just as good making audiences think as he is making them laugh. In a conversation with Forum on Law, Culture & Society Director Thane Rosenbaum, Baldwin discussed a broad range of topics, including family law, nuclear power, animal rights, and of course, his upcoming job co-hosting the Academy Awards with Steve Martin. “It’s a very metrosexualized kind of show,” Baldwin joked about the Oscars, after explaining that he and Martin will go through a number of wardrobe changes during the broadcast. Sensing opportunity, Rosenbaum presented Baldwin with a Fordham Law tie and encouraged him to wear it during the Awards show. In his storied career on screen, Baldwin has played lawyer roles in various projects, including Ghosts of Mississippi, Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial, and The Confession. Clips of these movies were shown at the event, with Baldwin offering his commentary on

3-D Eye Candy and More

Breaking box office records for over a month now, I finally decided to conform and pay the $12.75 to see the movie Avatar.  I sat through the almost 3 hour movie glued to my seat and unexpectedly could help but expose all my emotions to the plethora of strangers surrounding me. Over 2 weeks have passed since I’ve seen the movie, however, the vast messages still linger.  It’s not enough to simply applaud the inconceivable special effects in Avatar and the unoriginal plot line that we all love so much.  Avatar goes further and deeper and discusses the themes that have been central to most discussions in Thane Rosenbaum’s course – Human Rights, Holocaust & the Law. For those who have yet to see the movie, here is an abridged synopsis: The movie takes place in the year 2154 and the protagonist – Jake Sully, has been assigned to the

New Yorkers' God-Given Right

By: Kathryn Harvey Moral lessons—good and bad—can often be found when you are least expecting it.  I recently re-watched the classic 1980’s movie Ghostbusters II.  In the movie, the Ghostbusters learn that there is Psychomagnotheric Slime flowing under New York City, which is being created by New Yorkers’ hate, anger, and negativity.  When the Ghostbusters tell the New York City’s mayor about this problem, the mayor readily rejects the suggestion that he try to convince New Yorkers to be nice to one another.  The mayor responds, “Being miserable and treating other people like dirt is every New Yorker’s God-given right.” This scene really struck me as true.  New Yorkers frequently treat strangers like dirt.  On the subway, a rider often sees people fighting, shoving, aggressively challenging, and ignoring the human existence of other New Yorkers.  Not only should we expect more of ourselves, but we should expect even more of

A political cloak

Universalism v. Relativism by Lucas J. Minkowski A burqa is an enveloping outer garment worn by women in some Islamic traditions for the purpose of cloaking the entire body. It is worn over the usual daily clothing (often a long dress) and removed when the woman returns to the sanctuary of the household. Islam is the second largest religion in the world (1.57 billion believers). In France with more than 3,550,000 believers, Islam represents 6% of its population. Question: How many women actually wear the Burqa in France?                   Answer: Very few; only 357 according to the police services. French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, shouted out his highly criticized message last November: “France is a country where the Burqa is not welcomed” and asked the Congress to enact a law precluding women from wearing it within public spaces such as schools, hospitals, town halls… France has been a non-religious Republic

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by: Nicole E. Wise The 2010 Winter Olympics began last week in Vancouver, Canada. I’m generally obsessed with the Olympics, because I’m a klutz with no real athletic skill, and therefore can’t help but be impressed with every athlete involved. But these Olympic Games have been tainted miserably, and I can’t get excited about the Games in the way I have in the past. Even before the Opening Ceremonies, a tragic accident occurred at Whistler Track, where all luge events take place.  A Georgian luger, Nodar Kumaritashvili, died on Friday, February 12th after he flew off the luge track and crashed into a metal pole along its side. In less than one day came a statement from Olympic officials that the crash was the result of “human error”.  There were comments about the G-forces involved in luging and about how Mr. Kumaritashvili came late into a turn and was overcompensating,

Demolition of a Man

- Hansdeep Singh From the first day of class I was struck by the profound words of Primo Levi that were narrated to us by Prof. Rosenbaum. At first, the image conjured was that of an efficient and instantaneous destruction. It was only later that I begun to think about how demolitions actually function and the work necessary to accomplish the ultimate destruction, in essence, what mechanism precedes the eventual fall. Demolitions are carefully planned, contained, widespread, systematic, and remove not only the physical external structure but the very foundation the building once stood upon. In bringing down a structure, explosives are placed strategically so that the building collapses unto itself. Explosives are often embedded in the support columns and foundation of the structure. By blasting the core of a structure, by stripping it of everything it relies on for support, the structure ultimately gives in to itself. In the

Forum website: A Real Beauty

The website for the Forum on Law, Culture & Society was recently selected as Communications Arts’ webpick of the day. Communications Arts is the preeminent publication for visual communication and has been showcasing the current best in design, advertising, illustration, photography, and interactive media for 50 years.