An Artist’s Thoughts on Government Funding of the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has been constantly in the headlines since President Trump’s budget proposed slashing the agency’s funding, with much digital ink spilled about the cultureless right who cannot appreciate art. Playbill published a piece recently on the NEA’s role in creating the musical Sunday in the Park with George and … Continued

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Is John F. Kennedy Responsible for the Alt-Right?

JFK and the Masculine Mystique: Sex and Power on the New Frontier, is a powerful and incisive new book about men. Written by Steven Watts, the book combines thorough research, penetrating analysis, and graceful prose. One of the more intriguing arguments in the book is that Kennedy was responsible for unmooring traditional values due to … Continued

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The Unscientific Claims of the March for Science

The posters were wittier and there were fewer pink hats but last weekend’s March for Science was no less about partisan grandstanding and name calling than any other political rally. The message this time? We are pro-science and anyone who disagrees with us is anti-science. As if there are people out there burning copies of … Continued

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Sexual Harassment Isn’t Political—Except When It Is

No person, but especially no woman, wants to believe sexual harassment at work is a partisan issue. Indeed, no woman—Republican, Democrat, Independent or indifferent—should go to work for fear of or having to deal with catcalling, verbal abuse, sexual innuendo, unwanted touching or sexual advances or anything similar. Yet there’s an obvious double standard in … Continued

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Why All-Men’s Colleges Are Still Under Siege

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States. There are only four that are all male. But that is at least one too many, apparently. A California Appeals Court ruled last week that Deep Springs College, a school with only twenty-six students, may start admitting women. Founded a century ago by industrialist … Continued

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What Deep Throat Could Teach Us About Fake News

Since the election, the reading public has been tortured with the cries from both right and the left about “fake news.” And even though Google just updated its fact-checking tools, the problem doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. But let’s face it. We could have prevented this. If reporters and readers alike stopped … Continued

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Why is Chicago Holding High School Graduates Hostage to Government Whims?

During my first job interview after college, my interviewer asked, “What did you learn in college that can best translate to working here?” My answer: “Waitressing.” As a history and Jewish studies major, studying and writing papers on topics as varied as early African history to early Islam to the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict … Continued

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