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Seeking to better understand our contemporary moment, I’ve been looking at a variety of intellectual sources that help to make sense of our nation’s polarizing state of affairs.  Some of you have probably discovered the sociologist Jonathan Haidt (NYU), whose research and publications (e.g., The Righteous Mind, The Coddling of the American Mind) strive to explain the increasing divisions in our...

While it’s been a while since I’ve visited an architectural masterpiece like the cathedrals of Europe, a recent reference to the construction of Solomon’s Temple brought me back to the musings of Henry Adams, in his autobiographical reflections on his (elite) education. There’s lots to be learned from Adams’s own experience of a classical education,...

Thanks to my good friend, Ann Ny, I'm now scanning a news digest entitled "1440." From what I can tell, it's a pretty good survey of what's happening out there in the wider world of media. From headlines to all the major categories--politics, business, sports & entertainment, science, etc., they've got a little sample of...

Thanks to my good friend, Ann Ny, I'm now scanning a news digest entitled "1440." From what I can tell, it's a pretty good survey of what's happening out there in the wider world of media. From headlines to all the major categories--politics, business, sports & entertainment, science, etc., they've got a little sample of...