Holding people accountable

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ column today is both a reminder and good discussion of the difference between labeling individuals as racists (or non-racists) and understanding that our history is one filled with racism: The idea that racism lives in the heart of particularly evil individuals, as opposed to the heart of a democratic society, is reinforcing to […]

Robert Francis Engs, 1943-2013

Historian Robert Engs died on Monday at the age of 69. He wrote Freedom’s First Generation (1979) about the post-Civil War Black community in and around Hampton, Virginia, and Educating the Disfranchised and Disinherited (1999), about Hampton Institute and Samuel Chapman Armstrong. He was also a member of my dissertation committee and really the only faculty […]

Schools, safety, childhood, and public policy

I think most parents in the U.S. shook with rage and a visceral fear on hearing of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. Our children are 20 and 17, and I have an almost-empty-nester’s version of that fear. Yesterday afternoon, our son came home from school, wished his mother a happy birthday, and gave her a long […]

Thank you!

Among many others… Ms. Holscher Ms. Fried Ms. Brown/Ms. Bollinger Mr. Gere Mr. Schnitger Mr. Vassos Ms. Mook Ms. Thompson Mr. Harvey Mr. Knowton Prof. Jefferson Prof. Caplan Prof. Stuard Prof. Lane Prof. Spielman Prof. Weinstein Prof. Hamilton Prof. Davidson Prof. Pine Prof. Roelofs Prof. Park Prof. Katz Prof. Licht Prof. Engs Prof. Fine Prof. […]

So long, and thanks for all the Stanley Fish

I’ve got insomnia thanks to some minor food poisoning, but it’s not so severe that it requires I be admitted to a hospital, so I’ll take my dyspepsia out on my readers. All 2.17… of you who are awake at this hour, on the weekend, and having nothing better to do than read an academic […]