Few of us would question that the infrastructures of our globalized world are proof of the flat, Friedmanesque world in which we live. We manufacture our goods wherever we can get the best price and ship them anywhere the market demands efficiently. We can connect with any of hundreds of millions of people from pretty […]
The terms “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing” were both coined in the 20th century to describe the attempted extermination of a specific group of people by their own government. Genocide was first used in 1944 in regard to the Holocaust, and ethnic cleansing was first used in the early 1990s to describe the policies of Bosnian […]
Cape Wind is the real story, told for the first time in full, of the battle for our energy future. It also is the story of Jim Gordon and his quest to erect the world’s largest wind farm in Nantucket Sound, which is, of course, bounded by the storied vacation lands of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard […]
In Downhill From Here: Retirement Insecurity in the Age of Inequality, Katherine Newman advances the conversation about inequality, focusing her attention on the devastating impact that the changing nature of retirement is having on individuals and families, as well as on society and public confidence in institutions. She gives voice to the workers – blue […]
Mark Buchanan is a physicist and science writer and the author of Ubiquity, Nexus, The Social Atom, and Forecast, all of which explore the potential for ideas from the modern physical sciences to help us understand human social systems. A former editor of both the international science journal Nature, and the more popular science magazine New Scientist, […]
Nancy Lusignan Schultz, Ph.D. is chairperson and professor of English, Salem State University, Salem, Massachusetts.. In addition to her numerous published articles and reviews, she is the editor of Fear Itself: Enemies Real and Imagined in American Culture, a historical survey of fear and paranoia in American culture. She also wrote the introduction for Veil […]
Thomas O. McShane is the co-author, with Jonathan Adams, of The Myth of Wild Africa: Conservation Without Illusion which The Economist called “a brave attempt to take sentimentality out of conservation.” Tom has over thirty years of experience in conservation and development. He has worked in the private sector, for government in both developed and developing countries, […]
Richard C. Francis is a freelance science writer and the author of Epigenetics, published by W. W. Norton & Co. Writing in the New Republic, Judith Shulevitz said, ““Mesmerizing stuff…Richard Francis provides an excellent non-technical introduction to the scientific underpinnings of this discomfiting new genetics.” His most recent book, Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World, was also published […]
Around the year 1000, Scandinavia embraced European religious, political, and economic culture. Unlike many other regions, Northern Europe chose to become Christian without being conquered by any Christian power. In The Conversion of Scandinavia: Vikings, Merchants, and Missionaries in the Remaking of Northern Europe, Anders Winroth answers the question of how this happened. His conclusion is […]
Backed by her landmark scientific work on mindfulness and artistic nature, bestselling author and Harvard psychologist Ellen J. Langer shows us that creativity is not a rare gift that only some special few are born with, but rather an integral part of everyone’s makeup. All of us can express our creative impulses—authentically and uniquely—and, in […]
Computer programs can recognize human faces more reliably than humans. They beat us at board games, they bluff better than the best poker players in the world, and some of them can almost pass as human. At a breathtaking pace, machines are becoming better and faster at making complex decisions—even compared to us. Machines have […]
Popular views of the 1970s associate the decade with failure: failure of the military in Vietnam, failure of the presidency in Watergate, failure of the economy in oil crises and stagflation, and ailure of both major political parties in addressing the nation’s serious problems. Pulitzer Prize winner David Kennedy dismissed American society in the 1970s […]
Eva Rosen is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology, at the Poverty and Inequality Research Lab at Johns Hopkins University. She will join the faculty at Georgetown University in Fall 2017. Her research and writing focuses on urban sociology, poverty and inequality, race and ethnicity, immigration, and social policy.
Amy Elizabeth Smith teaches writing and literature at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Her book, <em>All Roads Lead to Austen: A Year Long Journey with Jane</em> was published by Sourcebooks. <em>Booklist</em> called the book, “a fun twist on the fascination with all things Jane.” A lifetime member of JASNA (The Jane Austen Society of North America), she has been publishing scholarly articles for years, but this is her first venture into travel writing.
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 […]
Dan Hooper is a Senior Scientist in the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and an Associate Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the interface between particle physics and cosmology. Whereas particle physics explores the fundamental nature of energy and matter, cosmology is the […]