In this issue we feature stories about the “imagination differential” in Africa, the life story of Keni Washington (and the fight over racial integration on college campuses in the 1960s), Kevin Feige and the turnaround at Marvel Studios, Elizabeth Warren and her journey from professor to U.S. Senator, and Fat Baby and the growing popularity of American football in China.
Mike Antonucci, writing in Stanford Magazine, tells the compelling story of Keni Washington, “one of only 10 African-American in the 1964 freshman class.” The article is appropriately titled, “What They Stood For.” Washington’s story is a powerful example of the
In 2010, Disney purchased Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion. At the time it was largely seen as a bad move. Marvel Entertainment had sold the rights to many of its most popular comic heroes, such as Spider Man and X-Men. The company had been repeatedly sold and acquired by a long list of entities dating as far back as 1968. Marvel even filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1994. Despite the company’s turbulent history, it has recently emerged as a remarkable story itself of change and transformation. Under the leadership of Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios (a division of Marvel Entertainment), the company has emerged as an entertainment powerhouse. Devin Leonard writes in BloombergBusinessweek about why Feige is seeing such success. “He has a special understanding of comics, fans, superheroes, and narrative.” But its the strategic and tactical moves that Feige has made that makes this story a good case study of the
Charles P. Pierce, crafts a rich and compelling portrait of Elizabeth Warren, the Senator from Massachusetts. Pierce’s article in Esquire describes the tremendous learning journey that has marked Warren’s life and career. From her early years as a law professor working on bankruptcy projects to her campaign for the Senate,
The final piece I want to highlight comes from the New Republic. Author Christopher Beam writes about the “day of the first game of American football ever played in Chongqing, China.” He offers us an extremely detailed story about the emergence of American football in China and its link to the growing sense in that country that what it means to be Chinese is fundamentally changing. Through the colorful exploits on and off the field by characters like Fat Baby, Bobo, and Marco the article captures the rich nuance of identity and its formation and reformation in modern China.