A Letter to My Students: On Civil War and Donald Trump

Dear Students: If there is one thing we can say about human beings it is that we are “meaning-making” animals. For a number of reasons, we seek to make sense of our experience and to tell ourselves stories about it. These stories are the stuff of which family anecdotes, and more broadly, national legends and... Continue Reading →


What Does “America” Look Like?

Because of President Trump's frequent use last week of words like "our history," "heritage," and "lovely statues," I found myself thinking about the image of "America" emanating from the Trump White House. It looks something like this: Peering at such images on the Internet (I searched Google for "Trump surrounded by white men"), my mind... Continue Reading →