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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...

Former Poet Laureate of Colorado and Professor of English at The Colorado College, Dr. David Mason is an extraordinarily gifted poet who offers us a clear-eyed, honest, often haunting vision of the world, through lyrics, libretti, and narrative poems.  He also recently penned a moving panegyric for the great Australian poet, Les Murray. One of Mason's most moving narratives,...