What Sharing the Burden of War Could Look Like

A Military Chaplain on How Those Who Fought and Those Who Sent Them Can Hold This Weight Together

This spring, I walked into an old Quaker meeting house on Pocumtuck homeland, now Massachusetts. I had been invited by Ojibwa Elders Strong Oak and Grandmother Nancy to participate in the Wiping of Tears healing ceremony.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had never met the elders, and only knew a little about the ceremony. A few weeks before, a friend of mine, who works with Elder Strong Oak, had extended the invitation to join them in what would be the first Wiping of Tears on this land for generations.

A …

Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova

Never Forget the Ideals of Your Youth

Nadya Tolokonnikova is a conceptual artist and political activist from Russia. A founding member of the feminist group Pussy Riot, she is also the co-creator of the independent news service …

Artist Gelare Khoshgozaran

The Sun Is Alienating to Me

Gelare Khoshgozaran is an artist and writer whose work engages with the legacies of imperial violence manifested in war and militarization, borders, and archives. Before joining us for this week’s Zócalo/The …

Paul Taylor Dance Company’s Michael Novak

The Dancers in the Company Keep Me Going

Michael Novak is the artistic director of the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Before joining us for this week’s Zócalo/The Music Center conversation, “How Is Art A Weapon in War?,” presented …

Curator Khalil Kinsey

I’m a Fairfax Kid

Khalil Kinsey is the COO and chief curator of The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection and Foundation. Before joining the Zócalo/The Music Center program “How Is Art A …

Novelist and USC professor Viet Thanh Nguyen

I Was an Application Away From Law School

Viet Thanh Nguyen is a professor at the University of Southern California. His novel The Sympathizer won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and he is also a recipient of fellowships …