In Revisiting the Civil Rights Movement, ’64’s Experience is Central

As the nation has revisited the glory days of the civil rights movement over the past year—the Civil Rights acts of 1964 and 1965, Freedom Summer, 1964, and Selma—we have been reminded of a special moment in time when a growing demand from whites as well as African Americans for equal justice overwhelmed resistance to … Read more of In Revisiting the Civil Rights Movement, ’64’s Experience is Central

Fifty Years Out, the Graduates of ’64 Have Much to Reflect On

Fifty year anniversaries offer special opportunities for public reflection. For those old enough to remember, there is always the chance for gaining perspective over past experience and its consequences. For younger people, there is the opportunity to learn about the ways the past has helped shape contemporary life. 2014 has supported a particularly robust series … Read more of Fifty Years Out, the Graduates of ’64 Have Much to Reflect On

Keystone XL Again

While Yale ’64’s Gus Speth could take some solace in President Obama’s decision to postpone a decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that threatens severe damage to the environment, Republicans in Congress have been trying to force the project through by by attaching it to a proposed extension of the payroll tax cut.  Not … Read more of Keystone XL Again

Still Corrupt and Still Contented?

My essay appearing in the Inquirer today had the narrow objective of placing Lincoln Steffens’ famous phrase, “Corrupt and Contented,” as it related to Philadelphia in the early 20th century. Clearly the phrase still resonates when applied to the city, but it has a broader resonance both for the early 20th century and our own … Read more of Still Corrupt and Still Contented?

Keystone XL Pipeline Challenge to Obama & the Planet

As director of Jimmy Carter’s Council on Environmental Quality, Yale ‘64’s Gus Speth was one of the first and most prominent government officials to call attention to the potentially disastrous effects of global warming. Nearly a quarter century later, as he held the position of dean of Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, he … Read more of Keystone XL Pipeline Challenge to Obama & the Planet

To be or not to be a “Color Blind Society”?

Despite the gains achieved in civil rights since the 1960s, Americans remain very much at odds in their attitudes towards racially-directed policy, according to a new book, Still a House Divided: Race and Politics in Obama’s America.   While few political actors challenge the central thrust of Martin Luther King’s vision, most notably that a man … Read more of To be or not to be a “Color Blind Society”?