12 Years a Slave: Slavery’s Legacy as a Lens for the Present

“The past isn’t dead. It’s not even past.” — William Faulkner Even before it was released in theaters the film 12 Years a Slave was widely lauded for its depiction of the brutal — if complex — reality of slavery … Continued

The Americas. The America. Of Appropriation and Identity.

The ongoing debate over “who is an American” must seem old to our neighbors who have lived for generations with the appropriation of “America” by a single nation self-assured for generations by its own exceptionalism. That this nation early on … Continued


Immigration Strengthens our American Identity

Over the last few years, the topic of immigration has filled our hearts and minds. Is it good for our country? Who benefits from the flow of immigrant labor? What about our schools, our local hospitals? What about our jobs? … Continued