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On grief, rage, and commemoration

Rosemary Joyce, professor of anthropology | September 11, 2010

Families of survivors of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York are deeply divided about a proposed building project on the site of the tragedy. Just not the project that most readers would think. As detailed on its official website, the site of the attack is slated to have a completed memorial … Continue reading »

Let Obama be Obama

Robin Lakoff, professor emerita of linguistics | June 8, 2010

In the wake of the Gulf oil tragedy, almost as much attention has been given to the President’s demeanor as to the spill itself. The punditry has been offering advice: show anger, get in BP’s face, shake a moralizing finger, share the pain. Two questions arise in response to these suggestions. First, why are so … Continue reading »