Commentary & Opinion

Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

David Nightingale: Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead is an international icon, although after her death she was severely challenged by other anthropologists, notably the New Zealander Derek Freeman. This little essay is only about her earlier life.

Her father, an alumnus of Indiana's DePauw University, had insisted his daughter go there also, but after two years she transferred to Columbia's Barnard College in Manhattan.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Sat February 21, 2015

Paul Elisha: Three Political Necessities

The dawn of  Presidents Day 2015 found the northeastern United States frozen in place by the worst frost in the 218 years since the first President, George Washington, took office in 1789.  33 years later, England’s Lord Tennyson would memorialize Washington, noting that self-reverence, self-knowledge and self-control lead life to sovereign power.  He also warned that  “The jingling of the Guinea helps the hurt that honor feeds." which describes the state of our nation’s self-respect now, when all three of these political necessities are frozen out by Congressional quarrels, just when they’

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Audrey Kupferberg: Still Alice

Lisa Genova’s ground-breaking novel Still Alice about a fifty-year-old college professor who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease is now a film.  And what a fine film it is!

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Commentary & Opinion
12:54 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Rogovoy Report for February 20, 2015

New plays, old jazz, performance art, spiritual folk, sculpture, fashion and film are all on tap for a busy cultural weekend in the greater region.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:48 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Karen Hitchcock: The Price Of Ignorance

Mark, a six year-old leukemia patient, was unable to receive the measles vaccine due to his compromised immune system. Given his lack of immunization, he contracted the disease from an unvaccinated playmate and now is in critical condition from encephalitis, a serious, life-threatening complication which can occur with this highly infectious disease. Given the ongoing, indeed increasing, anti-vaccination movement in the United States and abroad, this illustrative scenario is likely to occur more and more frequently.

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Commentary & Opinion
4:01 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Keith Strudler: Play It Again, Alex

Sometimes when my oldest son gets in trouble, which is more often that I’d prefer, part of his punishment is that he has to write, not just verbalize, but write an apology. This must come as a handwritten script, not something he types on his junior tablet. The idea is that writing a note forces him to really think about what he did wrong and takes the sarcastic edge off his justification. It also takes him a bit more time, which is punishment in itself. Now I’m often underwhelmed by the final product, but at very least, I figure my kid had to think about what he did wrong, even if he’s not truly sorry.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:50 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Herb London: Post-Structuralism In Talks With Iran

 If one relies on recent accounts in the news, we are all post-structuralists now. Post structuralism was a response to the structural intellectual movement that human culture can be understood in logic and language. Post-structuralists are skeptical of human science accepting relativism and obscure phenomenology as its method. As post-structuralists see it, objective conditions only reveal the superficial dimensions of human behavior.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Stephen Gottlieb: The American Melting Pot

I’d like to share with you some thoughts that came out of a short piece I was asked to write about the Roberts Court. I’d like to dedicate this commentary to Yusor Abu-Salha, who spoke on NPR’s Story Corps about how wonderful the U.S. is, where people of all backgrounds share one culture, shortly before she, her husband and sister-in-law were killed in Chapel Hill because they were Muslims, and to all the others, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and all who have been murdered or tortured because they had what bigots defined as the wrong parents or beliefs.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:52 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Blair Horner: Grading The Governor's Proposed Higher Education Budget


Like many areas of the governor’s proposed $141 billion-plus state budget, his higher education plans include items that help and others that hurt.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:45 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Rogovoy Report for February 13, 2015

This week’s highlights including a new play festival, a multimedia performance, an indie-rock singer-songwriter, Bach remixed with jazz, West African kora music, and a tribute to Miles Davis.

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