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The Modern University as A Free and Ordered Space

Giamatti, A.Bartlett, A Free and Ordered Space, The Real World of the University, W.W. Norton & Co. New York, London, 1988  As heated debate about the appropriate role and aims of the university continues today, both within the academy and in … Continue reading

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Exploring the Wellsprings of the ‘Virtue’ in Markets of Virtue

A growing number of Western consumers, increasingly aware of the environmental impacts of business operation, are now using their purchasing power to signal their preference for greener products. In order to preserve their market share, corporations adopt greener practices and report their performance accordingly. Ideally, companies that ignore environmental imperatives will pay dearly with a compromised reputation, a drop in the value of their stock, and/or a loss of market share. The increase in the number of so-called “markets of virtue” is testimony to the extent to which this dialectic between consumers and producers has been successful in influencing business ethics. Continue reading

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Cross-sectoral networks and the Challenge of Disaster Relief Coordination

Having recently completed my doctoral research and with the aim of stimulating discussion on the topic, I reflect here on disaster coordination and cross-sectoral networks. It is precisely this interest that motivated my research to investigate such initiatives for their potential to support improved disaster response, enhancing health resource mobilization in the context of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. Continue reading

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RE: How do we Move Beyond Rhetoric

In the spirit of this commentary’s title I write to build upon Sarah Lyon-Hill’s discussion of the challenges associated with developing effective partnerships. Sarah proposed that the act of partnering has too often become a rhetorical exercise that does not … Continue reading

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Reflections on Veterans Readjustment, Higher Education and Community Service

According to a recent National Public Radio report,[1]American colleges have experienced a 400 percent increase in the number of student veterans on campus since passage of the post-9-11 GI Bill in 2008. That sort of influx is not new in the United States as a similar bill passed in 1944 to assist World War II (WWII) veterans as they returned from their service; millions turned to higher education as the next stage in their lives. WWII America realized the contribution that veterans could make to society and the original G.I. Bill provided veterans educational benefits that covered college tuition. That support arguably helped to fuel our society’s prosperity for the next 50 years. But today, that educational investment – paying tuition– as vital as it is, is not enough. Continue reading

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Community Healing through the Arts

When we think about “the arts,” what usually come to mind are thoughts of theater productions, fine art galleries, or musical performances. However, there is another dimension to the arts that not only can activate our curiosity and fulfill our need for enjoyment, but can also serve as a means for addressing emotions and thoughts in relation to life stresses, traumas, or grief that cause emotional, psychological, spiritual and/or physical distress or imbalances. In this sense, the arts can help us heal from the trials and tribulations we face not only as individuals, but also within the communities in which we live and participate. Continue reading

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Do Neurons Hold the Key to Understanding Racism in Society?

The common wisdom is that the United States is now enjoying a ‘post-racial’ era. So strong is this view that it is presently being employed to justify efforts to roll back the Voting Rights Act and to end affirmative action programs. Nonetheless, it is a myth. Let’s set the record straight: almost every serious academic study reveals racism to be alive and well in the United States. Indeed, prejudice towards blacks by whites actually has increased in recent years according to a 2012 study by scholars from Stanford University, the University of Michigan and the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. This commentary examines some evidence of this situation and argues that is it not irremediable. I do this by adopting an interdisciplinary approach to understand racism in society while drawing on recent findings of cognitive science. I argue that some whites are intentionally seeking to maintain their privilege in society by strategically popularizing belief in a black pathology while simultaneously promoting the idea that America is a post-racial society. Continue reading

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Executive Discretion and the Simulation of Sovereignty in the Immigration Debate

What to do about the nation’s immigration policy is a hot political topic now. Elizabeth Jamison’s discussion on the queering of the Alabama citizenry intrigues me. In particular, I was struck by how she drew on Michel Foucault to argue, “ the citizenry and the immigrant body is a discursive text upon which power is inscribed through law enforcement; a Foucauldian disciplining of the communal body “(Foucault, 1977). Continue reading

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Who Are We, and Who Belongs Here?

I have been pondering a question provoked by a recent Reflections and Explorations commentary by Sarah Lyon-Hill entitled, “How Do We Move Beyond Rhetoric?” How do we generate public rhetoric about the questions that matter? I want to suggest we … Continue reading

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The Story Space

Last week Reva Seth, founder of MomShift (, a media campaign sharing stories of professional mothers, posted a blog in The Atlantic concerning the challenge many young women face today when looking for role models in the professional world. She mentioned a … Continue reading

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