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Radical Humility: Essays on Ordinary Acts (preorder)

Edited by Rebekah Modrak and Jamie Vander Broek

What is the significance of humility in the era of Trump? In the time of billionaire entrepreneurs and pervasive reality television? How can humility help us to expand the boundaries of our self, form stronger bonds with others, redefine success, and enable others to move into the foreground?

Radical Humility is a collection of essays written by people curious about humility at a time when public humility is scarce. Contributors come from a diverse group of experts, activists, makers, scholars, and practitioners: philosophers, psychologists, a librarian, an artist, a lawyer, a journalist, consumer culture experts, and others who've reflected upon the role of humility. Some are leading scholars in their field; others are as-yet unpublished writers. All speak to the ordinary everyday actions — in the kitchen, the classroom, the farm, the White House, and on the basketball court, among other spaces — that offer significant opportunity for restraint and reflection to empower us personally and politically.

For every person who feels uneasy and diminished after subjecting the most intimate parts of their lives to Likes and Followers, and for every person who is uneasy with presidential boasting and disregard for truth, Radical Humility's writers’ perspectives are crucial at this turning point in our personal and political lives.

Rebekah Modrak is a writer and interventionist artist whose artworks resist consumer culture. Re Made Co. (remadeco.org) poses as an online “company” to recreate actual company Best Made Co. (seller of $350 luxury hand-painted axes) by promoting ($350) artisanal toilet plungers. RETHINK SHINOLA (rethinkshinola.com; this artwork’s meant for larger browser windows like laptops so don’t try on your phone) will guide you through the Shinola company’s past and present of marketing White supremacy. Hyperallergic, Core77, The Creators Project, Detroit MetroTimes, and Design Observer and other publications have written about her work. And you can read her own thoughts about reclaiming meaning from brand rhetoric in The Routledge Companion to Criticality in Art, Architecture and Design, Afterimage, Consumption Markets & Culture, and Infinite Mile.She is a Professor in the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. Yes, she’s critiqued them too—“Entrepreneurship 407” in Medium.

Jamie Vander Broek is a Librarian for Art & Design at the University of Michigan. This summer, she bought a book made of cheese for her library. You can read about it on saveur.com. She holds a tailored Master’s degree from the U-M School of Information in Art and Art Museum Librarianship, and received a B.A. in Art History with a minor in Italian Studies from Wellesley College. Since arriving in Ann Arbor, she has been active in the local art and book communities, and is currently on the board of the Ann Arbor District Library.

MARCH 2021 | ISBN: 978-1-948742-96-2 | PHILOSOPHY | 5 X 7.25 | PAPERBACK | $16.95

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