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A Lesson from Thomas Merton
            In New Seeds of Contemplation , Thomas
Merton wrote about solitude and community in a way that seems especially
relevant given our current political climate: “There is actually
no more dangerous solitude than that of the man who is lost in a cro...
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Innovating at the Root of the Problem
Many Americans today are worried
about our country.   In recent years,
there has been a strong turn toward nationalism, a tendency that runs counter
to the internationalism that has increasingly marked much of American public
policy—and, more recently, the ...
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A Lesson from Thomas Friedman
Like many Americans, I have spent
much of the past 18 months trying to understand what is happening in the United
States since the reins of government were turned over to Donald Trump and his
collaborators in the Republican Party.   We have gone from laughi...
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A Lesson from Wendell Berry
I just finished reading  The Memory of Old Jack , Wendell Berry’s 1974 novel that traces the experiences of an old farmer in Port William, Kentucky, the site of many Berry novels about life in an agrarian community.  At the end, he has this to say about how...
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General Education for the Global Information Society
Earlier this spring Inside Higher Education  
reported that the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point was planning to close19
degree programs in 13 undergraduate majors, including traditional liberal arts
majors like English, history, and all three foreign ...
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The Power of OERs: A Lesson from Thomas Paine
OERs—Open Educational Resources—are
a hot topic these days among educational technologists.     They
first came to international attention when a small group of educators, meeting
in Cape Town, South Africa, called on educators to join a “worldwide effort t...
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Immigration: Just the Facts
        Lately, the news has been filled
with all sorts of statements and proposals related to immigration. I have been
hoping that one of the news networks would produce a special report to give us
the facts, rather than simply sharing perspectives on the ...
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A Lesson From Ta-Nehisi Coates
This month, the book group at St.
Andrew’s Episcopal Church read Between
the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, an author and journalist whose career
has ranged from serving as national correspondent for The Atlantic to writing the Black
Panther comic book s...
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Some Thoughts on Gun Control
On Saturday, I hope to join the
local walk for gun control inspired by the students in Parkland, Florida.   In preparation, here are some thoughts on
what a reasonable gun control policy might look like.   First,
a reminder of the second amendment to the U....
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Toward a Learning Society: The University in the Information Age
In 1999, the
National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and the
Kellogg Foundation charged a Commission led by 24 public university presidents
and provosts to look at the future of public higher education in the
information age.   Th...
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