The United States has an ethical obligation to intervene in the humanitarian crisis plaguing Syria. This obligation is not born from seeking to "spread" western principles of governance, but rather to ensure the sustainability of civilization itself.
Like Henrietta Lacks' family, millions of us will soon confront questions about our genomes. We should learn as much as we can, and plan more carefully now, before it is too late. Our genomic data may reveal aspects of our fate, but we can still potentially control how and when the information is used.
Even though Dobelle's indulgences were a fiscal drop in-the-bucket even for a small academic institution, its symbolism resonates with the press and public.
While some people will never offer or accept amends, it appears that others are able with time to forgive. But why is that? Is there a fundamental psychological difference between those who accept reparations readily -- or even seek them out -- and those who do not?
A few days ago, children and families of Syria died, gassed for a political gain. We have seen this before and we claim to have vowed, "never again."
Etiquette has a bad rap. We're used to think of it as something old and stuffy -- gestures embodying too much class snobbery and self-serving social hierarchy to be of much value in a pluralistic democratic society.
Proselytizing of any shape or stripe should be viewed with a raised eyebrow and a challenging question. When this proselytizing is based on what one might charitably term pseudoscience (but truly resembles complete quackery) we should not simply be skeptical, we should be incredulous.
To understand the motivation of the financial types who brought down the economy in 2008, where better to go than the novel? Nonfiction gives us facts and their fallout, but novels (and plays) probe motivation.
U.S. aid should be provided to Egypt on the basis of more rigorous standards of transparency and accountability. Americans and the Egyptian people need to know exactly how the aid is being used and who benefits from the aid.
In our hearts, I believe most of us who teach are teacher-activists whether we name ourselves in this way or not. Teaching isn't just a job -- it's a vocation.
Why do so many faculty in higher education distain stories? Theory is too often privileged over studying how real people grapple with living.
This is a much different type of caregiving than simply making sure a patient gets her meds or does her physical rehabilitation program; working with dementia patients requires a subtle, holistic, and ethically-based approach.
We have to get beyond the 'religion or secularism' dichotomy regarding moral values and to do so some basic points need to be made.
Today, We the People are losing confidence in our institutions. But the treasure of American self-government is too precious to take for granted, and far too precious to discard.
You are not alone. I wish you strength and courage to remember who you are in the days ahead and in this spirit be remembered for being the best Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez you can be.
In America, biblical morality was accepted as central to educating the whole person. That is what Noah Webster, author of our Dictionary and founder of a historic university, meant when he wrote "Education is useless without the Bible."