Our Blog

This forum engaged social issues and ideas that reflected our values and the concerns of our publics. It was a platform for communication, advocacy, and community dialogue.

"There cannot be a situation where the writer creates something that does not carry its social mark."

− Osip Brik, The Social Command (1929)

Fields of knowledge

Feb 25, 2021

In a moment of immense precarity for democracy itself, we have formed the Public Trust

Oct 30, 2020

How are we to reckon with the cruelty, the absurdity, of a family asking for help and then watching as their son is murdered?

Jun 05, 2020

We demand justice for the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery, and the many others whose lives were taken by the police and white supremacy.

Mar 16, 2020

The current coronavirus threat offers us a mirror of our relationships and how we respond will reveal the traces of our shared humanity.

Nov 01, 2018

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Nov 12, 2016

In these dark times, there is a need for safe spaces and sanctuaries like Slought where people can come together to care for and reflect with one another, privately and publicly. We are committed to constructing this space.

May 19, 2016

MK Asante, the acclaimed author of Buck, speaks with Lorene Cary and young adults about safety, agency, and the power of language.

Dec 11, 2015

A collaborative proposal that responds to and critiques the epidemic of youth violence and fatality in Philadelphia.

Dec 10, 2015

This week Aaron Levy delivered a graduation speech at York College of Pennsylvania on the importance of the humanities to everyday life.

Aug 12, 2015

Aaron Levy, Adrienne D'Elia and Olivia Horn reflect on openness, access and engaging - physically and psychologically - city and street.

Aug 01, 2014

A conversation with educator and novelist Lorene Cary about social structures and the relationship between memory, caring, and justice.

Aug 10, 2012

I think that the city needs to be more green but also less red. There's just too much red right now, meaning violence, and I think you should take this into consideration.

Jul 22, 2012

The spatial politics of race and class, the privatization of public space, and the ecological crisis we all face on this planet -- all this is forcing us to think in profoundly different ways about architecture than we might previously have been inclined.

Oct 27, 2020

Just one week before the election, democracy, public health, and the promise of justice hang in the balance.

Jul 07, 2016

An interview with artist Fazal Sheikh about dispossession and the loss of memory and identity following the the Arab-Israeli War of 1948

Nov 18, 2015

A conversation with artist Tanja Ostojić about the physical, emotional, and intellectual consequences of migration and displacement.

Sep 07, 2015

A conversation with artist Tímea Anita Oravecz about the possibility of migrating across political and ideological borders.

Aug 10, 2015

Olivia Horn reflects on photographs of Cuba by Geoffrey James, and the potential for photography to enable cultural understanding.

Jul 31, 2015

Olivia Horn reflects on how nonprofits can develop organizational and interpersonal structures that respect the power of the volunteer.

Dec 04, 2014

A conversation with doctor Rebecca Gomperts of Women on Waves about strategies of empowerment and advocating for women's health and reproductive rights

Jun 23, 2014

A conversation with philosopher Samuel Weber about the ethics of responsiveness and remaining open to other perspectives even as one advocates for change.

Apr 15, 2014

As architects, we can be responsible for imagining counter spatial procedures, political and economic structures that can produce new modes of sociability and encounter.

Dec 14, 2020

By expressing privately experienced grief in public, individuals and communities come together to begin the process of healing.

Aug 08, 2015

Alanna Rebbeck reflects on the invisibility of "slow violence" and how cultural institutions can visualize a new aesthetic of resistance.

Nov 22, 2014

A conversation with Steve Kurtz and the Critical Art Ensemble exploring the art of resistance and revisiting The Electronic Disturbance on its twentieth anniversary.

May 04, 2011

What might the cultural communities that I am part of aspire to evade, through what practices, and ultimately towards what end?