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What I Got So Wrong

Back when I was writing The Cult of Individualism: A History of an Enduring American Myth in 2012, I was desperately hoping that, against all evidence, the dominant white cultures of the United States could begin to cross the barriers between them. I thought that, just maybe, I could help that happen by describing the … Continue reading What I Got So Wrong

Desk with elecronic devices

Online Course Preparation with the Student in Mind

I've been shocked by how little so many of my colleagues know about teaching online. I'm no expert, but it's something I've done in a number of contexts for a decade and a half. Here are some of my suggestions for teachers suddenly thrown into online teaching without preparation who are now looking at its … Continue reading Online Course Preparation with the Student in Mind

Food delivery trucks in Brooklyn.

Food

One of the common elements of my dog walks over the last month has been the food trucks. Of course, they have always been there, but their numbers have not diminished while most other traffic has. There are the big sixteen-wheelers bringing nourishment from outside to supermarkets and wholesalers. There are the smaller delivery trucks … Continue reading Food

Debate cartoon by Isaac Cruikshank

Primary Debates: It’s Time to Stop the Idiocy and Get Serious

What is wrong with our Democratic candidates? In Las Vegas on Wednesday night, three Democratic primary candidates, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy Klobuchar, could do no more than try to drag down the others. Two, Mike Bloomberg and Joe Biden, stood there contributing little. And one, Bernie Sanders, simply said what he has said … Continue reading Primary Debates: It’s Time to Stop the Idiocy and Get Serious