From Hopper’s Hollywood to Trump’s America
—Jennifer Frost
In this feature from Dilettante Army, learn how Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper’s work fits into a lineage of American conservatism.


An Empire Transformed: A Q&A with Kate Luce Mulry
July 26, 2021
Kate Mulry, author of An Empire Transformed (NYU Press, 2021), spoke with the online journal Current about her writing process, research, and the impetus for her path-breaking work in American history. Read the full conversation below.
Grafting Identity and Belonging Outside the “Legitimate” Family Tree
July 21, 2021
What counts as “legitimate” constitutes a narrow slice of family experiences in the U.S., and this ideal has been used strategically throughout history to justify discrimination against people and families outside that norm.
From Hopper’s Hollywood to Trump’s America
July 12, 2021
—Jennifer Frost
In this feature from Dilettante Army, learn how Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper’s work fits into a lineage of American conservatism.
Chocolate’s Bitter History
July 7, 2021
—Jared Ross Hardesty
World Chocolate Day offers the opportunity to reflect on chocolate’s global history and how its past is still present today. And that past is much more sinister than a quaint, celebratory holiday suggests.
Disability in America: An eBook Special
July 1, 2021
On July 26th, America celebrates the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This month, we’re getting caught up on the history, politics, and cultural understandings of disability in… READ MORE
It Can Happen Here: Q&A with Alexander Laban Hinton
June 16, 2021
We spoke with Alexander Laban Hinton about the increased visibility of white power extremism under the Trump administration, its similarities to the Khmer Rouge regime, and the ways genocide can be prevented.
Loving Day During a Time of #BlackLivesMatter
June 12, 2021
—Tanya Katerí Hernandez
Fifty-four years after the Loving v. Virginia decision, interracial marriage bans no longer exist, but White Supremacist violence and rhetoric still flourish.
Comics and Stuff: Q&A with Henry Jenkins
June 8, 2021
We caught up with Henry Jenkins to find out more about the shifting cultural role of comics, how comics reflect our relationships to material things, and more.
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