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On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, ask: ‘What are you doing for others?’

“So much remains uncertain, but my resolve and hope are constant,” campus equity and inclusion leader writes

They died protecting the right of Black people to vote. The fight is not over

The convergence of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and of the Senate’s unwillingness to protect voting rights causes me to remember my childhood friend and protector, whom I knew as Mickey. I was always very short for my age, which made me an easy target for bullies. To protect myself, I got into the habit … Continue reading »

What’s New About Neo-Nationalism, Anyway? How Globalization, Migration, and Technology is Giving Autocrats Fresh Power

While the 1st anniversary of the January 6 coup attempt in the U.S. weighs heavily on the minds of most, if not all, Americans, it is important to understand the international nature of a political movement gaining speed. Led by a new breed of demagogues and autocrats, Neo-Nationalism describes the emergence, and in some cases … Continue reading »

My Annual Review 2021

2021 was a better year than 2020, but there is still much room for improvement. The pandemic continued, and new strains of the virus have emerged – but we have effective vaccines. Leorah and I were vaccinated twice and received a booster shot. We continue to wear a mask and avoid large crowds – but … Continue reading »

Can the Democratic Party survive the GOP’s racist fearmongering?

The Democratic Party is famously bad at communicating a unifying story about its vision for society. Indeed, Democrats all too often campaign as if their opponent is another faction of their own party rather than the Republicans.