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Engaging Backlash and Finding Common Grounds at Starbucks

This fall, I have found myself dwelling on ‘backlash,’ in no small part because the political and economic environment of recent months (and years) has seemed consumed by rhetoric of the ‘fear of backlash’ or the ‘threat of backlash’ or … Continue reading

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The Pension Puzzle and Practice Communities

Crippled by a still-recovering economy and decades of underfunding, many local and state governments throughout the United States are struggling to make annually required contributions to defined benefit pension plans sufficient for these fiduciary funds to remain viable. In a … Continue reading

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Mural Arts in the Public Sphere

We often encounter public art employed to invigorate residential and commercial spaces as well as to provide insights into the unique culture and history of a community or geographic area. According to the Association for Public Art in Philadelphia: Public … Continue reading

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RE: Reflections and Explorations

Dear readers, I noticed recently that we would celebrate a notable milestone in the evolution of this column and it seems appropriate to mark it. Whitney Knollenberg’s work published today marks the 25th essay in the RE: Reflections and Explorations … Continue reading

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Lessons in Leadership: Responding to Challenges in Tourism Development

Recent postings on RE: Reflections and Explorations have addressed a wide variety of topics, ranging from Anna Erwin’s discussion of the need to address food security for the world’s impoverished populations to Lyusyena Kirakosyan’s examination of theater as a form … Continue reading

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Kenya to America – Tackling Problems at the Crux

I recently conducted research on the wicked problem of indoor open fire cooking in Kenya. Although experts have been aware of this challenge for more than 50 years, indoor air pollution still accounts for approximately 1.6-1.8 million deaths a year, … Continue reading

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How Our Arts Funding System is Shaping Culture in the U.S.

Late summer for the arts community is quiet and arts organizations are busy planning bold, glamorous and what will soon, they hope, be their best seasons yet. Normally, one might not give much attention to a production of Peter Ilyich … Continue reading

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Creating conditions for peace and justice: A decade of Bond Street Theatre’s efforts in Afghanistan

Lebanese theater-maker, actor and playwright Rabih Mroué has argued that theatre is an ideal medium for exposing complex and uneasy issues, and an especially powerful vehicle to raise questions and to formulate fresh ideas, without reaching conclusions and judgments (Mroué, … Continue reading

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“To live on the soil we cultivate”: Legitimacy and Expediency in Thoreau’s Political Ethics

Questions of ethics and morality help to elucidate important limits to politics and in particular help to provoke discourse on popular governance and legitimacy.  More specifically, stirring political theorists to address questions of ethics and moral theorists to consider questions … Continue reading

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Wading through a sea of voices in an attempt to save the planet

I have been struggling lately to understand the balance of power between citizens and their rulers in governance. I know this is an age-old dilemma long explored by political scientists and philosophers, but it remains a critical concern nonetheless.  The … Continue reading

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