How Black Panther Points to a More Enlightened Hollywood Future

The Mega-Hit Will Inspire More Inclusion If the Industry Internalizes Its Many Lessons

The global success of, and acclaim for, the film Black Panther reflect greater inclusiveness and openness to different stories within Hollywood—and could inspire even more changes within the industry.

That was the cautiously optimistic conclusion of a panel—including scholars, a novelist, a film critic, and a film executive—at a Zócalo/UCLA event, “Will Black Panther Really Change Hollywood?” held at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles.

Conversation started with observations about Black Panther, which is already the number one superhero movie of all time, with domestic box office receipts of $633 million, and another …

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Is It Time to Reinvent Democracy Again?

As Self-Government Advances Globally, Our Culture of Citizenship Is Retreating Locally

From a historical and global perspective, democracy is more of a force than it ever has been. But when you examine country by country, and government by government, there’s ample …

Democracy Is Under Siege—but Can Be Saved

Yascha Mounk Thinks the Globe’s Authoritarian Drift Can Be Reversed, If We Fix the Economy and Fight for Our Convictions

Several years before a certain Queens real estate tycoon became president, Yascha Mounk had a sense that the United States and other liberal democracies had arrived at “a moment of …

California Has Lessons for Integrating Immigrants, but Will the Feds Undercut Them?

As the Trump Administration Targets Golden State Newcomers, Protecting Migrants Comes First

With immigrant rights under siege across the country, California has “a target on its back.”

That’s how María Blanco, executive director of the University of California Immigrant Legal Services Center, …

It’s a Mad, Mad World—but Another Utopia Isn’t the Answer

People Are Fed Up With Modernity's False Promises, Says Author Pankaj Mishra, and It's Time for a New Experiment

The writer Pankaj Mishra has a name for an era in which frustrated young men commit savage acts of violence, society is starkly split into economic winners and losers, and …

Childhood Trauma Can Make You Physically Sick in Adulthood

But Adverse Experiences at an Early Age Can Be Treated, Says Nadine Burke Harris, and Their Damage Mitigated

At her Bay Area children’s clinic, in interviews, and in her new book, Nadine Burke Harris addresses two questions time and again: Does childhood trauma live in the body forever? …