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Prof. Stephen Duncombe | The Artistic Side of Activism | Author #140 HR

My friend Stephen Duncombe stops by to discuss art and activism as well as Stephen’s latest book The Activist Angler which he explores the similarities of good activism with the patience required when fishing. We also talk about the historical examples of effective activism concluding the civil rights movement was one of the most impressive eras for convincing people to strive for social change. This is a fantastic interview with an amazing human being!

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Stephen Duncombe is a renowned professor of media and culture at both the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Department of Media, Culture, and Communications at the Steinhardt School of New York University.

He has earned several awards for his excellent teaching skills, including the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by the State University of New York in 1998, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at NYU’s Gallatin School in 2012, and the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2020 from New York University.

Besides, he is the author, co-author, editor, and co-editor of eight books, including “The Art of Activism,” “Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy,” “Notes From Underground: Zines and the Politics of Underground Culture,” “The Activist Angler,” “The Bobbed Haired Bandit: Crime and Celebrity in 1920s New York,” “The Cultural Resistance Reader,” “White Riot: Punk Rock and the Politics of Race,” and “(Open) Utopia.”

Duncombe has also written numerous articles, lectured at venues worldwide, and once even debated the political impact of the arts at the Oxford Union. He has been a life-long political activist, co-founding a community-based advocacy group in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, which won an award for “Creative Activism” from the Abbie Hoffman Foundation. Moreover, he worked as an organizer for the NYC chapter of the international direct action group, Reclaim the Streets.

Duncombe has created several projects such as Open Utopia,, and the ÆffectApp. Open Utopia is an open-access, open-source, web-based edition of Thomas More’s Utopia. is a user-generated digital database of creative activism case studies, and the ÆffectApp is an interactive assessment tool for artistic activists. Duncombe is also the co-founder and Research Director of the Center for Artistic Activism, a research and training institute that helps activists create more like artists and artists strategize more like activists.

Duncombe is currently writing a book on the effect and affect of artistic activism.

His scholarly and activist work has been supported by several organizations, including the Open Society and Fulbright foundations and the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts.

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