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  • Robert Reich suggests that we need to focus more on public morality rather than private morality in order to restore our democracy and economy. -- The Importance of Public Morality --
  • In his New York Times editorial, David Brooks examines what the rise of independent figures in contemporary politics might mean for political parties and governing coalitions. -- The Collapse of Political Parties in Coalition-Building --
  • Amnesty International summarizes data on the current refugee crisis, putting the situation into context in a way that highlights its gravity. -- Amnesty International's Statistics on the Refugee Crisis --
  • In the New York Times, Ryan T. Anderson asks what “coexistence” means in the context of US culture wars, as seen most recently in conflicts over same-sex marriage. -- Coexistence in the Context of Culture Wars --
  • Bruce Bartlett's Washington Post article examines the ways in which Donald Trump's political strategy could pit voting blocks against one another, further fragmenting an already fractured system. -- Trump's Divisive Political Strategy --
  • The Economic Policy Institute examines why we see wage stagnation even during times of growth in productivity. -- The Disconnect Between Productivity Growth and Worker Pay --
  • This provocative Atlantic Essay raises big questions about trigger warnings, microagressions, and how to teach about topics like emotionally charged, intractable conflicts. -- Teaching Triggering Topics --
  • This insightful Edsall essay in the New York Times describes the Trump phenomena in terms of the US big fault lines: diversity and discrimination. -- Diversity, Discrimination, and the Trump Phenomena --
  • This Washington Post article examines how the lopsided gener ratio of higher education graduates effects geneder equity and family conflict. -- Dating and Gender Ratios in Higher Ed Graduates --
  • Barbara Reynolds, civil rights activist and authors, shares a great comparison of the Black Lives Matter movement and the nonviolent civil rights movement of the 1960s in the Washington Post. -- Civil Rights Movements --
  • In a New York Times Op-Ed, Jamie Holmes argues that teaching uncertainty encourages curiosity and prevents warped understandings of a field. -- Teaching What We Don't Know --
  • The Harvard Business Review gives a thoughtful essay asking why we continue to select leaders that lack the capacity to lead - we may confuse signs of confidence with competence. -- Incompetent Leaders --
  • This Atlantic article argues that social skills such as handling conflict may be even more important to career success than STEM-based skills. -- Social Skills Essential to Career Success --
  • The Washington Post examines the promise of cultural diversity and cross fertilization in the face of the perils of cultural appropriation. -- Spanning Cultural Divides --
  • In the Washington Post, professor of Islamic Studies Ebrahim Moosa examines why so many people are drawn to join the Islamic State. -- What Makes the Islamic State Attractive? --
  • Gallup's surprising poll indicates how different US demographic groups think about have/have not issues, and how they percieve themselves. -- Perception as Haves or Have-Nots --
  • This New York Times Review covers Dale Russakoff's "The Prize," a book examining the challenges facing education reform efforts, using Newark as a case study. -- A Window into the Challenges of Education Reform --
  • The Atlantic explains that government spending on infrastructure has been in sharp decline for years. Given the collapsing US support for the “commons” on which we all depend, what can be done? -- Failure to Invest in Infrastructure --
  • The New York Times examines the increasingly frequent use of video cameras in policing and the effects of this trend. -- Cameras and Accountability in Policing --
  • In light of recent controversies , the Washington Post discusses the practical difficulties associated with the guarantee of religious freedom. -- How Should Religious Freedom Work? --
  • The Washington Post gives a great illustration of how our information system is biased toward telling us what we want to hear, using the example of a certain false story which circulated widely through the media. -- Media Bias in Action --
  • The New York Times explains that we are seeing a new type of "Astroturf" social movement in the mobilization for Uber in its conflict with the Mayor of New York City, demonstrating an emerging structure of conflict. -- Uber, New York City, and the Structure of Conflict --
  • As some within the Muslim Brotherhood push for violent retribution, the New York Times offers a sobering exploration of Egypt, the Arab Spring and the perceived failures of nonviolence. -- Egypt's Push for Violent Retribution --
  • In the New York Times, Thomas Edsall gives a great background on the emerging conflict over efforts to affirmatively promote integrated, affordable housing by asking the question, "Where should a poor family live?" -- Conflict over Affordable Housing --
  • Sabrina Tavernse evaluates how Colorado was able to cut teen pregnancy by 40 percent from 2009-2013 by offering free long acting birth control to low income women in this New York Times Article. -- New Strategy in Addressing Teen Pregnancy --