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On November 8th I'll be Voting for Monumental Change

Said Elias Dawlabani | Posted 10.24.2016 | Politics
Said Elias Dawlabani

The circumstances for the survival of our species have never been more difficult. Would the man made sixth extinction be reversed or should we quietly accept our destiny on the hands of men? On November 8th I will give the other half of humanity the chance to begin to fix man's shortcomings and restore our existential balance.

Paul Stoller's Public Anthropology Turn

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 12.04.2016 | College
Gina Athena Ulysse

Evidence that anthropology is taking a more public turn abounded at the annual conference of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in Denver ...

Discovery's "Racing Extinction" Exposes Tragedy and Reminds Us: There Are Solutions

David Festa | Posted 12.03.2016 | Green
David Festa

Here's what I wish all Americans will do this month: Tune into Discovery Channel's "Racing Extinction." I was fortunate enough to see a preview of th...

Which Woman Should Adorn the $10 Bill?

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Although none of these 20 women were elected to office, they all had a great influence on public opinion and public policy. The reformers profiled below exercised influence not only because of the number of people they mobilized, but also because of the moral force of their ideas.

Why Manhattan's Social Elite Are Going Ape Over 'Primates of Park Avenue'

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 06.01.2016 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

If you don't live in Manhattan, it may seem slightly insane that two words could hijack the conversation in Upper East Side zip codes for several weeks.

Are You Fearless Enough to Be an Elder?

Donna M. Butts | Posted 02.15.2015 | Fifty
Donna M. Butts

Margaret Mead would have been enthused about last week's White House convening on investing in early childhood. She would have also been perplexed. Why did the organizers ignore the famous anthropologist's clarion call?

Here's to Strong, Smart Women in Sensible Shoes

Christopher Murray | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Christopher Murray

While being an LGBT person is usually thought of as intrinsically focused on sex, sexuality and, now, marriage, for most of us I'd wager, central strengths and satisfactions have been found among those we call friends.

Keystone State She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 01.10.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

My travel last week took me to Pennsylvania, The Keystone State. Many strong and accomplished women are affiliated with this state that was one of the 13 original colonies

Overcoming the Challenge of Animal Homelessness

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 12.07.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Animal welfare advocates and shelters are uniting to defy the idea that we can't do more to significantly reduce the need for euthanasia. The truth is we can do better, inspire more, and increase the number of lives we save year in and year out. We must, given the millions of lives still at stake, and so many people who care.

9 Famous Women Whose Divorces Don't Define Them

Daria Snadowsky | Posted 12.06.2014 | Divorce
Daria Snadowsky

Imagine the stigma endured by the following nine lady divorcées, who came of age prior to women's liberation. Employment prospects were limited, yet they forged remarkable professional legacies that have far outlasted any societal backlash they suffered from divorce.

The Casual Bi Activist: Every Little Bit Helps

Gary North | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gary North

Do people "retire" from activism? Can you truly retire from a cause you believe in?

Wouldn't You Prefer Your Bouquet Organic?

Bill_Robinson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Small Business

Further on up the road from delivering potted plants to Winn-Dixie, Robert McLaughlin can now feel proud that he's not only done it his way but also had a positive impact on the floral industry and real people on the farms of Central and South America.

The Mother's Brother

Frank A. Weil | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

We need in today's world, politically in particular, to reinvent the mother's brother idea of more primitive times. It could not hurt anything and it ...

Headed to Uganda With the UN Foundation

Jennifer Burden | Posted 12.26.2012 | Impact
Jennifer Burden

This week I'm one of 9 Shot@Life champions who have departed on a delegation to Uganda to view UNICEF's Child and Family Health Days. So many things are running through my mind.

Marilyn Monroe as a Rebel

Lois Banner | Posted 08.25.2012 | Books
Lois Banner

Marilyn constantly asked questions, took several courses at UCLA, and stated that she wanted to go to Columbia Law School, to become a lawyer and help the poor. According to Arthur Miller, "Marilyn didn't have a conventional bone in her body."

Cara Santa Maria

Would You "Re-Up" Your Marriage Each Year? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 06.29.2012 | Science

I've long thought about the power of love and the value of marriage. I grew up in a conservative Mormon household, where I saw my parents endure a dif...

Teachers as Crap Detectors and the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility

Alan Singer | Posted 07.23.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

Tom Roderick, executive director of the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility, asked me to share my thoughts on teaching and crap detection. These are some of the things I learned from forty years as a teacher.

What's Really Hot...

Elizabeth Debold | Posted 07.17.2012 | Women
Elizabeth Debold

O.M.G.... Hillary Clinton in public without makeup. That this is news or newsworthy is bananas, and once again points to the bizarre obsession our society has with a woman's appearance.

Finding The Wreckage Of Amelia Earhart's Plane Won't Change My Story

Mary Walker Baron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mary Walker Baron

When I wrote But This Is Different, I was not unaware of the possibility that wreckage might someday be discovered. Did I worry about that while creating my novel? No. What I did try to do, though, was create a story capable of folding into history without disturbing it.

But This Is Different: Why I Created a Fictitious Love Affair Between Amelia Earhart and Margaret Mead

Mary Walker Baron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mary Walker Baron

History could hardly claim that either Earhart or Mead was without voice. The story's irony is that with public voices heard even now throughout the world, their private voices were as silent as those of any couple loving the love that even now struggles for a name.

Be the Change: Inspiration and Advice from Activists and Celebrities

Marianne Schnall | Posted 09.07.2011 | Women
Marianne Schnall

Media and society in general no longer inspire us or appeal to our own individual power to improve the world. In fact, we have been conditioned to leave that messy business to our elected officials. But it doesn't have to be this way.

Invest in Women to Improve the World

Emmie Twombly | Posted 09.05.2011 | Impact
Emmie Twombly

The women of Vital Voices show that you cannot let obstacles big or small keep you down. The women and their stories taught me that you cannot use your past or circumstance to hide behind.

Neverisms: 11 Things You Should Never Do, Never Say, Never Forget (PHOTOS)

Dr. Mardy Grothe | Posted 07.11.2011 | Books
Dr. Mardy Grothe

And when it comes to words that command attention, nothing can beat those that are phrased according to the figure of speech known as dehortatio, which Willard R. Espy once crisply defined as "dissuasive advice given with authority."

In Honor of Women's History Month: Travel as a Catalyst for Change

Leah Mayor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Leah Mayor

Travel is a strong catalyst for change. Sustainable tourism, at its best, "provides hard currency, jobs, and connects people to really understand the needs of a community."

A Small Group of People Meet in Harlem

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Tait's film is a powerful depiction of the history of race in New York City. It's great strength is that it shows Blacks as historical actors battling for freedom and rights rather than as just victims of savage injustices.