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Roundup

This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.




  • The Contagion and a Cure

    by Mark Lause

    Mark Lause looks at the 1793 yellow fever pandemic in Philadelphia from a working class history perspective, and finds it informs us today.



  • Fundamentalist Pandemics

    by Juan Cole

    What evangelicals could learn from "The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam."



  • Ida Taught Me

    by Koritha Mitchell

    As the United States seems determined to repeat the horrors of the last turn of the century, I remain grateful for Wells’s example. Here is just some of what she taught me.



  • There’s Nothing Good About Phyllis Schlafly

    by Eileen Jones

    "Mrs. America", the new miniseries about Phyllis Schlafly, doesn’t want us to come away with a harsh view of its subject. But we should: Schlafly’s right-wing views were consistently monstrous, doing untold damage to the country.



  • When University Leaders Fail

    by François Furstenberg

    A university governed by long timelines and long-term thinking grows conservatively and cautiously and prepares itself prudently for potential crises. If you turn a university into a giant corporation, on the other hand, it will rise and fall with the business cycle.



  • Ahmaud Arbery Holds Us Accountable

    by Jim Barger

    Nobody belonged to the salt marshes of coastal Georgia more than Ahmaud Arbery. His family’s roots there run more than 200 years deep. A native of those same marshes writes about who Ahmaud was, how well he was loved, and what his community must reckon with in the wake of his murder.