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Cuba HIV/AIDS: Epidemics and Containment

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, anthropology professor | June 22, 2020

The principle upon which the fight against disease should be based is on the creation of a robust body; But not the robust body created by the artistic work of a doctor upon a singular weak organism; rather the creation of a robust body by the work of the entire social collective upon the entire … Continue reading »

How to Globalize Clean Energy

David Roland-Holst, Adjunct Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics | June 20, 2020

This blog was co-authored with Cecilia Han Springer, who is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School.   Abstract Renewable energy is an essential component of our defense against emergent climate risk. While renewable generation and distribution technologies hold enormous promise now and are enjoying rapid innovation, … Continue reading »

All lives can’t matter until black lives matter too

john a. powell, director, Othering & Belonging Institute | June 17, 2020

All lives matter ignores history and resists efforts to improve the lives of black people specifically, who have been struggling for 400 years under the weight of anti-black racism to belong in this country and to have our humanity seen.

We need to move from ritualized responses to reparation

Sandra Bass, Associate Dean and Director UC Berkeley Public Service Center | June 5, 2020

Shifts in the social terrain, if navigated skillfully and boldly, could serve as the catalyst we need to finally embark on the long journey towards a reckoning that has been over 400 years in the making.

We’ll be carried forward upon the whispers of our elders

Sandra Bass, Associate Dean and Director UC Berkeley Public Service Center | May 3, 2020

  “Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today To get through this thing called life” ~Prince One evening in early March, before we were all sent home to shelter, I got a call from my mother. She told me that her cousin and her cousin’s husband had been rushed to the hospital. Both were diagnosed … Continue reading »

Don’t let physical isolation become emotional isolation

john a. powell, director, Othering & Belonging Institute | March 19, 2020

We hope you are staying healthy and safe during this period of uncertainty as governments around the world take dramatic and unprecedented measures to try to contain the pandemic currently disrupting life on our planet. As has been pointed out in many commentaries on the current situation, the pandemic exposes the inadequacies of our health … Continue reading »

Lenten Humor During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, anthropology professor | March 6, 2020

Orders from Italian Government: 1.The Italian government has ordered all sporting events to take place ‘without spectators’ 2. Italians should try to remain 1 meter apart from each other. (Carrying a tape measure is optional) Advice from a few illustrious saints and a few notorious sinners. — “Stay calm and don’t lose your head.” – … Continue reading »

Fake news and humanities education

Timothy Hampton, professor of French and comparative literature, director of the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities | August 9, 2018

Critical reading in the humanities is the antidot to fake news, which has been around since the “Donation of Constantine,” which an Italian scholar discovered wasn’t what it was touted to be.

Is Trump intuitive or has he learned from Hitler?

Wayne Getz, professor, Environmental Science, Policy and Management | August 8, 2018

In The Death of Democracy, Benjamin Carter Hett (Henry Holt, First Edition, 2018, pages 38 and 39) writes: ADOLF HITLER LIED all the time. Yet he also said clearly what he was doing and what he planned to do. This is the essential paradox of Adolf Hitler. We can see this paradox at work in … Continue reading »

The conversion of Pope Francis

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, anthropology professor | July 2, 2018

When Pope Francis arrives in Ireland this August to officiate at the Vatican’s triennial World Meeting of Families, the pontiff will be landing in a country that has changed almost beyond recognition over his lifetime. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J, first visited Ireland in 1980 when Ireland was still one of the most observant Catholic countries in … Continue reading »

For the love of the local newspaper

John Temple, director of the Investigative Reporting Program at the Graduate School of Journalism | June 29, 2018

Regional publications do work that really matters to their communities. And local journalists know it in their bones. A fatal single-engine plane crash in a corn field was the first story I ever covered for a local newspaper, the Kalamazoo Gazette. Life and death. That’s the bread and butter of local newspapers. The obituaries are among … Continue reading »

MLK: an enduring and great teacher

john a. powell, director, Othering & Belonging Institute | April 4, 2018

This is cross-posted from the Haas Institute Blog of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. This week people all across the world are pausing to acknowledge the incredible life and the tragic death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I always deliberately include the “Reverend” in his title as we … Continue reading »

Focus on the source of most satisfaction, not consumption

Clair Brown, Professor emerita of economics | March 27, 2018

Buying stuff can make you happy for a short time. But you will revert to needing another happiness boost by buying even more stuff. We can, however, replace the boom and bust of a consumption-driven search for satisfaction with lives that are more fulfilling and economically sustainable.

Facebook and the humanities: Pondering what would Oedipus do

Timothy Hampton, professor of French and comparative literature, director of the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities | March 21, 2018

No less disturbing than the recent news that the personal data of millions of Americans was culled from Facebook by the shady research firm Cambridge Analytica and provided to the Trump campaign, has been the behavior of the masters of Silicon Valley.  The CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has so far been mostly silent. This … Continue reading »