This op ed by David Brooks addresses some interesting implications of current cleavages between the two major parties’ elites and their rank and file.
Here are a couple of stories from the Times this week relevant to our discussion of the downside of spending so much of our lives in front of screens. First, “W.H.O. Says Limited or No Screen Time for Children Under 5.” Second, “Putting Down Your Phone May Help You Live Longer.”
One more about Notre Dame, this one a reflection on its national symbolism at The Nation: “The Burning of Notre Dame Is Not Just a Tragedy—It’s an Opportunity.”
Here are a couple of stories in the news that make one mindful of how particular identities change or persist not just over the years but over centuries. First in the Washington Post, “Georgetown Students Vote in Favor of Reparations for Enslaved People.” And in the New York Times, “A France in Turmoil Weeps for a Symbol of Paris’s Enduring Identity.”
Well this is right up our alley: “Lil Nas X, Country Music’s Unlikely Son, Sparks Conversation On Genre And Race.”
Here are a few pieces I’ve come across recently that relate to topics we’re discussing in class.
Here’s an op-ed that seems especially relevant to the contemporary politics we were discussing last night. Conservative commentator David Brooks says he is a slow convert to the cause of reparations for descendants of slaves.
Here are a couple of articles I want to touch on tonight. The first is at The Atlantic and includes a series of maps that purport to show the most and least politically open-minded counties across the United States. The second is a piece entitled “It’s Time to Talk About Dr. Seuss” at the Teaching Tolerance website. It says the children’s author and his works was and are racist.
Here’s an essay in The New Republic by Alan Wolfe about Fukuyama’s ideas, past and present. Wolfe puts some of Fukuyama’s recent views in professional and cultural context, and is pretty critical overall.