The world of welfare has changed radically. Poor families have traded welfare checks for low-wage jobs, but for most of them the new status brings neither freedom from financial worry nor independence from government support. Although many get a windfall at tax time – a combination of the Earned Income Tax Credit and other refunds […]
On the night of March 5, 1770, British soldiers fired into a crowd gathered in front of Boston’s Custom House, killing five people. Denounced as an act of unprovoked violence and villainy, the event that came to be known as the Boston Massacre is one of the most familiar incidents in American history, yet one […]
After decades of off-shoring, downsizing, shuttered factories, and stranded blue collar workers, the United States is on the edge of an industrial renaissance. This is news that would have seemed beyond improbable even a decade ago, but companies like Motorola Mobility, Apple, BMW, Bosch, and Volkswagen are opening plants and committing millions of dollars to build […]
Difficult problems attract a host of different possible solutions – many of them turn out to be terrible, some are bit better, a few may be really good, and occasionally the process of creativity will produce something superb. But whether the goal is to create a molecule of carbon, an efficient shell shape, or a […]
Professor of political science David Welch is the George Ignatieff Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto. An expert on international crisis and war, his research focuses on national and international security, decision making, intelligence and moral psychology. His book, Justice and the Genesis of War was the winner of the […]
Kristine Thorson is the author, with Robert Thorson, of Stone Wall Secrets, published by Tilbury House Publishers. The book was honored as one of Smithsonian’s Notable Books for Children in 1998.
Sarah Halpern-Meekin is a sociologist and associate professor in the Human Development and Family Studies department at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She studies romantic relationships and welfare policy and is currently looking at how premarital experiences are associated with later relationship outcomes; how government-funded relationship education programs are experienced by their participants; and how changes […]
Reuben Miller is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago in the School of Social Service Administration. His work focuses on the lives of prisoners and former prisoners, and he writes about race and how carceral expansion has transformed the urban landscape. Before coming to Chicago, he was an Assistant Professor of Social Work […]
The precise origins of geometry are lost to history, but they go back at least 2400 years, when an unknown mathematician devised the first geometrical demonstration. This was long before Euclid of Alexandria gathered all the geometrical knowledge of his age and arranged it systematically, but Euclid’s work would reveal the implications of this early […]
In a complex business climate, people need to make informed decisions and learn how to think flexibly. A leader’s most important asset is the ability to sense changes in the environment and adapt to them quickly. The Prepared Mind of a Leader presents an original and effective way to think more flexibly about innovation, strategy, change, and […]
In the 1930s, a fierce struggle over the rights of workers was waged in the agricultural fields of California. Infuriated by the increasing militancy of workers during the Great Depression, California growers and their allies responded with mob assaults and official repression. Carey McWilliams used the term “farm fascism” to describe the response of corporate […]
Most people would feel a great loss if elephants, rhinos, or gorillas were to become extinct, but would we willingly move our families, change our means of earning a living, and disrupt our culture to prevent their extinction? People living in rural Africa are being asked to do just this by the world community. The Myth […]
Dan Gillmor, an internationally recognized author and leader in new media and citizen-based journalism, is the founding director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship and the Kauffman Professor of Digital Media Entrepreneurship. After reporting for newspapers in Vermont, Kansas City, and Detroit, Dan joined the San Jose Mercury News in 1994, writing a […]
Asaf Siniver is Associate Professor in International Security at the University of Birmingham, UK. He has published widely on the politics, diplomacy and history of the Arab-Israeli conflict, with particular emphasis on the role of external actors in the conflict and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Marjoleine Kars is an associate professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). As an Atlanticist who hails from the Netherlands, she brings a distinctive set of skills to this study. Fluency in her native Dutch is an obvious prerequisite. But beyond this, she is a specialist in the history of rebellion and dissent. […]
Heather Cox Richardson is Professor of History at Boston College and the author of five books about American politics. Most recently, she is the author of To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party, published by Basic Books. Jonathan Chait named To Make Men Free one of the six books to read to […]