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Do Americans Prefer A "Democracy" Or A "Republic"?

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 12.04.2016 | Politics
Benjamin Knoll

It seems that our political polarization extends even to our preferences for the labels we use to describe our political system.

Mindful Study Abroad, 1

Kyle David Anderson | Posted 10.11.2016 | Education
Kyle David Anderson

It was nearly 12. I could hear flipflops on gravel as I soaked in the final bursts of gold flashing off the top of the Wihan Luang at Wat Phra Singh.

What Politicians Get Wrong About Immigration

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 10.12.2016 | Politics
Benjamin Knoll

Despite the reality, a recent survey conducted by researchers (including myself) at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky has revealed that the vast majority of Americans believe "the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States has been growing significantly over the past few years."

Americans Strongly Favor Equal Applications of the Law Over Religious Freedom Accommodations

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 10.08.2016 | Politics
Benjamin Knoll

A recent nationwide poll conducted by political scientists from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky shows that by a wide margin, Americans strongly favor equal treatment under the law over respecting individual religious beliefs when the two come into conflict.

'Pope Francis Effect' Improves 1 in 4 Americans' Views of the Catholic Church

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 09.08.2016 | Religion
Benjamin Knoll

As the United States prepares for an extended week-long visit from Pope Francis later this month, findings from a public opinion survey conducted earlier this year show that His Holiness is improving views of the Catholic Church among a wide swath of Americans.

Asia and the Future of the Liberal Arts

Kyle David Anderson | Posted 09.06.2016 | Education
Kyle David Anderson

A few months ago, I had a conversation with Pericles Lewis, Founding President of Yale-NUS (Singapore), about the reception and current status of the...

Zero-Cost Recharge

Kyle David Anderson | Posted 08.24.2016 | Business
Kyle David Anderson

Paul Sullivan's "Getting Workaholics to Stop and Recharge" is another welcome addition to the swelling tide of popular and academic articles focused on the balance between life and work. But the piece does one thing very poorly: put wellness within a reasonable reach.

Sheila Hiestand: Hall of Fame Basketball Player to Ironman With 125 lbs Weight Loss in Between

Don McNay | Posted 08.02.2016 | Sports
Don McNay

Louisville trial lawyer Sheila Hiestand is 6 foot tall, outgoing and vivacious. She has the total inner confidence that made her a Hall of Fame college basketball player and now one of Kentucky's top trial attorneys.

Higher Education and the American Dream

John A. Roush | Posted 07.28.2016 | College
John A. Roush

It's a fair assessment to say that the business model of higher education in this country is broken. How we reached this point is complicated, and the biggest casualty of this sad state of affairs may be the American dream itself.

A Smackdown on ISIS... Over Pizza

Dina Badie | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Dina Badie

What to do about ISIS? My previous post referred to the reasons for the group's rise; this post speaks to what can, or cannot be done about it... from...

The 12 Most Unique College Courses In America

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 06.23.2014 | College

Every college in America boasts that one life-changing class with that one legendary professor. If you’re lucky enough to be in such a class, you su...

Tony Huffman: Comparing Eastern Kentucky's Highest and Lowest Performing School Districts

Centre College | Posted 07.28.2014 | College
Centre College

In eastern Kentucky, many children lack the tools to escape the depths of poverty due to the struggling educational structures in place.

Stephen Metcalf: Searching for Meaning Through Spiritual Memoirs and Autobiographies

Centre College | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Centre College

This is a constructive study based on thematic analysis. It is not a comparison of world religions; it is research into a universal human quest.

Research Suggests 'Hidden' Support for Immigration Reform Among Conservatives

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Benjamin Knoll

Social scientists have uncovered a phenomenon when it comes to measuring public attitudes: People are often reluctant to express support for a policy or to report unfavorable attitudes toward a group if this attitude is not "politically correct" or if they fear "social sanctioning" from their peer groups.

(WATCH) Secrets Of The Presidential Debates: Host-School Profs Provide Post-Debate Analysis

Posted 10.29.2012 | College

There's no doubt that this month's presidential debates had a major impact on the race for the Oval Office in 2012. President Barack Obama's lethargic...

Ringside at the Undercard

Will Durst | Posted 12.12.2012 | Comedy
Will Durst

On the style versus substance front, the GOP rep accused the Vice President of being loud, overbearing and rude. The very same qualities they called bold and commanding when Romney wore them last week. Hey, you guys: make up your mind. Pot-kettle-black much?

2012 Vice-Presidential Debate: Post-Debate Reactions from Centre College

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 12.12.2012 | College
Benjamin Knoll

Historically speaking, vice-presidential debates have had a smaller effect on the horse-race polls and ultimate outcome of the election than the three presidential debates. That being said, I certainly don't think that this debate will be a non-factor in this campaign.

Biden vs. Ryan

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Representative Paul Ryan has bragged about his ability to catch fish barehanded. However, in the debate he could not catch the vice president, whose lengthy experience with foreign policy and domestic issues worked in his favor.

Jon Ward

Joe Biden Versus Paul Ryan: Who Will Get The Edge On Tax And Entitlement In VP Debate? | Jon Ward | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Mitt Romney's running mate, only get one shot at each other. They'll face off ...

Putting Words Together: Text and Topics in the Republican Primary Debates

Matthew Gidcomb | Posted 12.09.2012 | College
Matthew Gidcomb

Manually determining the political topic of each statement from the debates would be a long, labor-intensive process, and seems a perfect candidate for a computational solution.

What Does Kentucky Really Look Like?

Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics

Foreclosure filings are up more than 10 percent in Jefferson County, Ky., from this time last year. And there are so many abandoned houses in Louisvil...

WATCH: Centre College Prof Analyzes The Upcoming Debate For Us

Posted 10.08.2012 | College

Centre College will host the second debate between the Democratic and Republican tickets -- and the first and only debate between the vice-presidentia...

Transitioning out of Our Past and Into Our Future

Amanda Draughn | Posted 12.08.2012 | Arts
Amanda Draughn

To us, it is more than just a play, it is a journey. Our journey. Nothing can replace it, or even come close. And now, after all this time of sharing the stories of the underworld, we finally get to tell our own; moving on to new memories and new beginnings.

Preparing Tomorrow's Citizen-Leaders

John A. Roush | Posted 10.13.2012 | College
John A. Roush

At a time when the American academy is under siege for a wide range of flaws, real and imagined in my opinion, David Brooks has identified at least two things on which we might double-down as we seek to regain some portion of the quality that has long made our colleges and universities the envy of all nations.

Foreign Policy and Footwear: A Word-Frequency Analysis of the Republican Primary Debates

Matthew Gidcomb | Posted 08.08.2012 | College
Matthew Gidcomb

While he uses it only seven times, no other candidate does, so it has a high weight here. In this case, it not only points us to a phrase unique to the candidate but also a position -- non-interventionist foreign policy -- on which he differs from the rest of the Republican field.