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  • Blog
    Thu, 11 Sep 2014
    ArticleObama on ISIS—One Thing Is Clear

    Thoughtful people may disagree over President Obama’s approach to the crisis in Iraq and Syria prompted by the horrifically brutal behavior of ISIS. We can debate the question of the clear and present threat this group poses to the US homeland. On this tragic anniversary of 9/11,we can point out comparisons and contrasts to the... more...

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    Wed, 10 Sep 2014
    ArticleGround Hero: the Transformative Power of...

    As I move into September, with its annual lament of the end of summer and anticipation of my boys moving on to another school year, I am mindful of our upcoming remembrances of September 11th. I find myself reflecting on my experience with trauma and recovery over the 13 years since the attacks. I am a civilian psychologist born,... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 8 Sep 2014
    ArticleGetting Back to Insight

    After fifteen months of Insight Design Labs, collaborative discovery, and artistic exploration for our new production There’s Something About America (TSAA), the TE’A Company took a month off. Needless to say, we couldn’t really get away from the polarization of America. No one can. Not when political news reporting... more...

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    Mon, 8 Sep 2014
    ArticleThe More You Know ...

    Liberating education consists of acts of cognition, not transferals of information. – Paulo Freire, educator and author of Pedagogy of the Oppressed I hear the 90’s are trendy again. It reminds me of the signature campaign of the 1990s called The More You Know, a series of Emmy Award-winning national public service... more...

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    Mon, 8 Sep 2014
    ArticleAn Aspen State of Mind

    Imagine a world where your favorite journalists get to grill the Powers That Be on the world’s most pressing issues—and you get a front row seat. The Aspen Security Forum is fondly known to its constituents as a reunion of America’s greatest moderate minds. The ties and heels come off, the level of intellectual debate... more...

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    Mon, 25 Aug 2014
    ArticleAirdrop Now

    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967 Last week the U.S. military began a series of humanitarian aid airdrops to tens of thousands of civilians who fled to the desolate Sinjar mountains from Islamic State (ISIS / ISIL) fighters... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 25 Aug 2014
    ArticleGod Is Gender Non-Conforming

    I grew up learning about a God who was a “He.” Sporting a white beard and positively owning that throne in the sky, this was a God who threw lightning bolts when you strayed from the path of righteousness. When I got to college, I took a necessary break from believing in God. Even before I knew I was queer, I knew I... more...

  • Blog
    Mon, 25 Aug 2014
    ArticleRemembering Dara - The Prince of Tolerance

    South Asia, particularly the Sub-Continent region, is home to a stunning array of diverse groups, languages, and cultures. At times living in complete harmony, at others, as in recent times with mercurial levels of tolerance leading to escalating violence, unfortunately meted out to individual properties and lives. On a religious level,... more...

  • Blog
    Thu, 21 Aug 2014
    ArticleThe Police vs. The People: How Do We Respond?

    As I write this, events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri are the leading story among an overwhelming number of reports alleging police criminality or misconduct against people in their communities. Several violent incidents have been covered in the news. Many more that are not making headlines have found their way onto my Facebook... more...

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    Tue, 19 Aug 2014
    ArticleHow I Learned from People I Had Learned to Avoid

    After my bat-mitzvah at age twelve, my family stopped attending temple. I am proud of my ancestry and grateful for the rich heritage that accompanies it, but I am not religious. I have never regularly practiced or prayed, or participated in any religious groups. Religion in all its forms has always made me uncomfortable, so I... more...

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