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janet-ruth-heller's picture
Jun.29.2013
As a published writer of poetry and fiction and a college professor who has taught literature, creative writing, linguistics, and women’s studies at eight different colleges and universities, I am distressed that some people now denigrate the study of humanities and social sciences. ...
andrew-shattuck-mcbride's picture
Mar.26.2012
A blogpost I wrote after the Tucson shootings. “We know that silence equals consent when atrocities are committed against innocent men, women and children. We know that indifference equals complicity when bigotry, hatred and intolerance are allowed to take root. And we know that education and...
allan-goldstein's picture
Nov.14.2011
America is in a mortal crisis.  The country is flat broke; everybody knows it, yet nobody wants to face facts and do something about it.   If we want to salvage what little is left of what we nostalgically call “The American Dream,” we’re going to have to find a lot of money. ...
mary-wilkinson's picture
May.29.2010
This Saturday called for a trip into town. I used to go to town, religiously every Saturday and maybe once during the week but I don't anymore. Of late I tend to more reclusive activities, out of choice, and so an outing to town is a bigger deal than it used to be when the boys were young and we...
meredith-morgan's picture
Sep.05.2009
This is a departure from anything I planned to write here, but I am compelled to say something on the topic of Free Speech. As a writer, words are the tool of my trade. I revere them. What is more, I cherish our First Amendment right to free speech in America, even when it means that...
john-braun's picture
Aug.03.2009
I want to start out that I am not one for conspiracy theories. Do I think it's possible that, at times, there is more to a situation than appears on the surface? Sure. But often, I like to refer to Occam's Razor which, simply put, says: “Of several acceptable explanations for a phenomenon, the...
aberjhani's picture
Mar.21.2009
Between the Waning Moons of 2008 and the Rising Suns of 2009  With or without a political mandate to add to their impact, changes big and small are ongoing features of what we call our human condition. The selection of President-Elect Barack Obama as the United States of America's next chief...
charles-a-ray's picture
Feb.14.2009
The following is the text of a speech I delivered at Black History Month activities at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD on February 12, 2009.  I would like readers to note that although I refer in the speech to 'men,' everyone should be aware that we are sending young men and women of all races, creeds...
charles-a-ray's picture
Aug.26.2008
I have spent most of my life avoiding politics. Oh, I vote and even serve as an Election Judge in my adopted Maryland County. But the electioneering has always left me a bit cold. Decades ago, when I did political cartoons for the Spring Lake (NC) News, I watched politics from afar with...
anastasia-m-ashman's picture
Jun.28.2008
With all its disparate cultural facets, could Turkey be a model for integration for today's hybrid identity individuals?    On June 26th twenty five social scientists, businesspeople and cultural thought leaders gathered at the Four Seasons Sultanahmet in the shadow of the Haghia Sophia to try to...