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Thursday, August 18, 2022 — Houston, TX

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Murray invitation serves legitimate purpose

(04/08/14 2:53pm)

As I’m sure many of you are aware, this past week the Baker Institute Student Forum and the Federalist Society teamed up to host an event featuring controversial scholar Charles Murray. As many students have correctly pointed out, Murray is well known for contentious statements he made in his 1994 book The Bell Curve, in which he forwards some blatantly racist and sexist notions. Let me be clear –– I find these viewpoints outrageous and despicable. However, this does not mean BISF or the Federalist Society were out of line for bringing him to campus.

A critical analysis of the Oscars

(01/21/14 12:00am)

With the Oscars around the corner, it is time to start debating which films, performances and cinematic crews deserve our praise. While the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may get to give out awards live from a prestigious theater jam-packed with celebrities, I believe it is important to recognize those films that we truly believe to be the best. If the Oscars have always seemed a bit politicized and arbitrary to you, then read on to find a critique and analysis of the Academy's selection process. At the very least, you will be armed with some points to convince your friends that when it comes to films, you know better.

Titles2 film festival to celebrate cinema from India

(04/05/13 12:00am)

This weekend and next, the Chao Center for Asian Studies will be hosting the long-anticipated TITLES2, a film festival celebrating some of the best efforts of experimental Indian filmmaking. The event will include five contemporary feature-length films, a package of short films curated by the Bangalore Queer Film Festival and a retrospective consisting of four films by the late prominent filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak.