reflections on race, religion, history & social change

April 27, 2018

Freedom of movement on one’s own two feet is a fundamental human right.

It was so basic to English common law that the Founders didn’t even bother to mention it in the Bill of Rights. (Oh, that and the pesky part about 20% of the non-Indian population being enslaved at...

June 27, 2017

I'm impressed. Justin Baldoni, known for his role in the TV show Jane the Virgin, has made a point for using his public platform in socially conscious ways. But you don't often see young male actors talking openly about their body image problems. One could argue that t...

August 26, 2016

This week the National Park Service turns one hundred years old, and it's making me all mushy inside just thinking about it!

The National Park system--which includes the flagship National Parks as well as National Monuments, National Historic Sites, National Battlefield...

December 1, 2014

UNESCO, the cultural arm of the United Nations system, has recently inscribed capoeira, the distinctive Afro-Brazilian martial art, on its list of the "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity." 

This latest distinction is perhaps a culmination in the movement of capoei...

October 10, 2014

Welcome to my new blog! I'll use this space to report on my works in progress, scholarly engagement, and professional service, as well as to share reflections on race, religion, history, and social change. I'm pretty new to this particular medium, so I consider this so...

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